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February 2020

When Couples Fight

Once when we were living in California Sarah and I went over for dinner at the home of some married friends. As soon as we walked in the door we could feel that something was off. I couldn’t put my finger on it precisely, maybe it was something about their body language or the way they talked (or didn’t talk) to each other, but after a few minutes of hanging out it began to dawn on us that our arrival must have interrupted a fight. They were trying very hard to act normal, but something was

January 2020

Marriage As God’s Handiwork

Do you remember Super bowl XLIV? Probably not. It was played way back in 2010 between the Indianapolis, Colts and the New Orleans, Saints. The Colts won.

That year Sarah and I attended a super bowl party with some friends. Super Bowl parties are a strange affair, aren’t they? Watching football and socializing are an awkward pairing at best. I think it is basically impossible to do both at the same time. I attended a party once where they put the game on mute, and another where they

The Heart of the Issue

I hate waiting. Really, nobody likes waiting, but some do seem to have a higher tolerance for it than others. David doesn’t strike me as one of those people.

In 1 Samuel 27 David commits the sin of not waiting. In the church we often talk about various sins, but “not waiting” is rarely mentioned. Nevertheless it is a common one, both in the Bible and in our own lives. Even when a believer grasps God’s will correctly, and even when God’s promises and plans are understood the issue of

Looking for Patterns

It has been a little more than four months since we paused our study through the life of David, but in this message we return to it as we take up 1 Samuel 26 together. In this chapter Saul will be informed by the Ziphites that David and his men are hiding in their territory, and Saul will come hunting for him with 3000 men. However, David will sneak up on Saul while he is unaware and come away with items that prove that he got close enough to kill Saul but did not. Then David will call out

December 2019

Jesus: Our Ark

Christmas is in the rearview mirror, and although our stockings now hang empty I pray that every heart is full as we look forward to the new year. Maybe 2020 will be the year of Christ’s return! I hope you can come join us this Sunday for the last worship service of 2019. For just one morning we’ll be taking up the story of Noah’s Ark. This story is rich with significance and meaningful application as we head into the new year together, and in many ways it encapsulates our hopes for what God would accomplish through us in the coming year.

Christmas Future

Titus 2:13 is speaking of Christmas’s Future when it says, “…waiting for our blessed hope, the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ…”

Anyone who was once a child on Christmas Eve knows something about waiting with hope. When I was growing up Christmas Eve was easily the longest day of the year. Forget what scientists say about the Winter solstice and days being shorter around Christmas time; trust me, it’s the longest day of the year for little bo

Christmas Present

Think for a moment about how you have spent your day so far. Which would you say shaped your today more; was it yesterday or tomorrow? For example, if you went to work today, why did you work as hard and conscientiously as you did? Was it because in days past your parents modeled for you a good work ethic and taught you the value of hard work or is it because you are hoping to one day pay off your mortgage, get promoted or earn a raise? Or what if you loaded the family up and went out to bu

Christmas Past

Years ago I was challenged by a pastor to memorize Titus 2:11-14,

11 For the grace of God has appeared, bringing salvation for all people, 12 training us to renounce ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright, and godly lives in the present age, 13 waiting for our blessed hope, the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ, 14 who gave himself for us to redeem us from all lawlessness and to purify for himself a people for his own

Fishing For Sheep

This Thanksgiving we don’t want to just say Thanks to God for His many blessings. We want to share in God’s nature by being a blessing and a help to others . In Acts 20:35, Paul quotes Jesus as saying “It is more blessed to give than to receive.” In Mark 10:45 we remember that Jesus also said, “For even the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve and to give His life as a ransom for many.” Christians, are Christ-imitators, we follow our Lord’s example in everything, and

November 2019

One Came Back

It was 152 years ago, at the height of the Civil War that President Lincoln declared the last Thursday in November as a national day of Thanksgiving. In his Thanksgiving Proclamation, issued on October 3, 1863 and published a couple days later in the New York Times, he spoke of the many ways that God had blessed and helped the United States. Speaking of those many blessings he wrote, “No human counsel has devised, nor has any mortal hand worked out these great things. They are the graciou