Growing up in a large traditional church, all I can really remember about the worship service was wondering if it would be possible for me to swing from chandelier to chandelier in order to reach the platform from the balcony. It was clear that I wasnâ€™t thinking through truth about God in those days, let alone contemplating what worship meant! Little did I know howe...Keep Reading
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In the Lord's Prayer, Jesus teaches his disciples to pray, "lead us not into temptation" and near the end of his life, Jesus calls them to "pray that you may not enter into temptation." This should lead believers today to ask what temptation is, and how God uses prayer to combat it....
We live in a #mefirst culture. But lest we think the disciples who spent time with Jesus were any different, we see how on the last night of Jesus’s life with them before the cross, they begin to argue among themselves who is the greatest. Jesus takes the time to show them who is truly great, and what true greatness is....
In Luke 12:22, Jesus is reminding us of our value to him, so much more than other things of creation. He provides for those other things, so why are we anxious about those things that we can’t ultimately control? Jesus concludes Luke 12 with the call, “Seek his kingdom, and these things will be added to you.” What does it mean to seek his kingdom? ...
We should spend ourselves, no matter how many years we have left, waiting purposefully for Jesus return by working for his glory. Luke 9-19 points to a number of ways we can do this. Today, we will focus on how as we wait, we should be about the business of being good stewards of what he has entrusted to us....
We should spend ourselves, no matter how many years we have left, waiting purposefully for Jesus return by working for his glory. Luke 9-19 points to a number of ways we can do this. Today, we will focus on how as we wait, we should be about the business of showing mercy toward those in need. ...
At the heart of the gospel and the Christian life is the person and work of Jesus. If Jesus is most excellent and above all and if Jesus is worthy of all the praise of the universe, then it would follow that for our thinking to be what Paul is calling for in Philippians 4:8, â€œIf there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praiseâ€ then it must find itâ€™s source in Christ. If we want to change the way we act, we must change the way we think and the way to change how we think is to understand right doctrine that is founded upon Jesus. He is the cornerstone....
Dr. Josh Moody, Sr. Pastor at College Church in Wheaton, joined us on Sunday morning, October 14. He preached from Galatians 2:11-14 "How One Long Word Can Make a Big Difference to Your Life." Dr. Moody wrote an article on justification that has been posted on Christianity Today Online. Since we have been going through our doctrinal statement as a church, and Dr. Moody will be touching on justification this Sunday, it would be a helpful article for you to check out....
I once knew an engaged couple whose whole relationship seemed to depend on the fact that they were engaged rather than on the reason why they were engaged. The relationship itself was nurtured through their constant (and somewhat sickening) reminders to themselves and others of the greatness of the relationship they were in. When they met other people they talked about ...Keep Reading
A friend of mine once told me that when he moved into a new house as a kid that he tied all of his best toys on the back of his bicycle and rode around the neighborhood trying to attract friends. If youâ€™ve started a new job or moved into a new community, youâ€™ve probably learned from experience that people usually donâ€™t come knocking on your door to get...Keep Reading
As long as Rachel could remember she wanted to be an attorney. While it was a little awkward to be the only kid at halloween carrying a briefcase, she stuck to her dreams until she passed the bar exam on the first try. If people thought she was driven during law school they would have been surprised to learn that she actually had another gear in the workplace; no amount o...Keep Reading
In the 1970 movie, Love Story, Ali MacGrawâ€™s character says the now famous line, â€œLove means never having to say youâ€™re sorry.â€ It seemed to fit in the movie (if you like that sort of thing) but frankly, it doesnâ€™t sound to me as if it was good advice. It must not have clicked with John Lennon either because he quipped, â€œLove means h...Keep Reading
I read that if you want to count to a million without stopping it would take you 6 days, 22 hours and forty minutes. If you want to count to a billion it would take you 31 years and 252 days. A Trillion? Forget about it. 3,170 years. What does this tell me? First, who sits around thinking about this stuff? and second, Iâ€™m not even going to try to count to any...Keep Reading
Remember the Palm Pilot? Still use one? Probably not. Why? Because the palm pilot has gone the way of other first generation technology devices and disappeared into the realm of trivia questions (What is a bag phone?). But just a half dozen years ago you could have thrown a rock into a crowd of ten businessmen and hit twelve PDAâ€™s. Now just try to go and buy o...Keep Reading
Iâ€™ve not been to a high school reunion yet, but I donâ€™t really feel like I need to go to one since I can see how much my friends have changed and how messed up they are in real time on facebook everyday. Since I wasnâ€™t a believer in high school, not only do I wish that I could go back and have those years to do over again as a Christian, but I often th...Keep Reading
I once went on a week long trip to Daytona Beach with other college students during Spring Breakâ€”no, not that kind of spring break tripâ€” it was with a campus Christian group! What I didnâ€™t realize when I signed up for the week at the beach (or I blocked out of my mind) was the fact that we were going to walk up and down the beach and talk to students ...Keep Reading
One of the lessons I am trying to learn in parenting is to try and empathize more with my daughters when they are deeply distraught about something that I canâ€™t quite understand. Itâ€™s tempting for me to think when the lost blankie canâ€™t be found before bed or when the doll that they love was forgotten at a friends house that they just need to calm dow...Keep Reading
History shows us that no army will get far without supply lines that link them to more materials, ammunition, and fuel for the battle. I feel the same way if weâ€™re going on a camping tripâ€” weâ€™re only staying as long as we have good food and dry clothesâ€” after that, Iâ€™m outâ€”which means we donâ€™t typically camp! ...Keep Reading
No one has to twist our arms to speak about things that we valueâ€“â€“we easily speak of that which we love. Just ask someone why they bought the car they just bought. Or where they found a deal on something they were looking for. Or their favorite sports team....Keep Reading
Looking around at the people surrounding me singing and swaying to the worship music, I felt like a complete failure. I felt that I must be missing something because I didnâ€™t feel what they seemed to feel as people closed their eyes and raised their hands. I expected that they felt some great surge of energy or force that you are supposed to experience when you si...Keep Reading
Love has a limit, at least that is, if you are the NECCO candy company. Each year they make 8 billion of the small,chalky candy hearts to be sold on Valentineâ€™s day. Each message of love can only contain a two line, 8 character message of affection for your sweetie. Over the years the messages and length have undergone quite a changeâ€”consider the piece of...Keep Reading