“Unrelenting Love” (Ruth 1:6-18)

Listen here:  On October 23, 2015, with sustained winds of 215 miles per hour, Hurricane Patricia became the strongest tropical cyclone ever recorded, making landfall the following day on the western coast of northern, Mexico. Patricia was a "Category 5" hurricane on the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale, which measures a storm's sustained winds. If the … Continue reading “Unrelenting Love” (Ruth 1:6-18)

From Appreciation to Worship: How Our Hatred of God Magnifies the Grace of God

In my study for this Sunday's message, I came across this passage in Dan Allender's book, Bold Love (pp. 65-66). The idea that my flesh hates God and that my sin is an expression of that hatred gives an entirely new meaning to grace. Please, take a minute to read and reflect: "The hatred in … Continue reading From Appreciation to Worship: How Our Hatred of God Magnifies the Grace of God

“One Another’s” Not Found in the New Testament

As you may know, there are many passages that exhort Christians to love, serve and bless "one another." Ray Ortlund shows us a number of "one another's" that we don't find. "Sanctify one another, humble one another, scrutinize one another, pressure one another, embarrass one another, corner one another, interrupt one another, defeat one another, … Continue reading “One Another’s” Not Found in the New Testament

My Money Flows Freely to What I Love Dearly

Before Newsweek folded as a print magazine last year, it ran an article a reporting that after a period of cutting back Americans are starting to spend again—whether we can afford it or not. Some experts call it "frugality fatigue"—in other words, we're weary of cutting back, and we're ready to splurge again. But don’t … Continue reading My Money Flows Freely to What I Love Dearly

A Contagious Church, Part 3: Radical Love • Acts 2:44-45

March 3, 2013 • The Contagious Church, Part 3: Racial Love • Acts 2:44-45 (Revolution Series) Listen here: The Contagious Church, Part 4: Radical Love • Acts 2.44-45 Racial Love Revealed Radical Love Resisted Racial Love Recharged Discuss: Why is the story about the generous police officer so powerful? Share a story about how you were … Continue reading A Contagious Church, Part 3: Radical Love • Acts 2:44-45

Why Me?

This week on American Idol, Casey Abrams, who is a favorite among the judges, was eliminated before he made it to the top ten. The procedure for those who receive the least number of votes that week is to sing one last time before the judges, hoping that they will use their "save" to keep the contestant … Continue reading Why Me?