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April 2023

Missional Discipleship

For those of you that weren’t here last week, you are stepping into a conversation about missional living. For the rest of this month and the first Sunday in May, we are setting aside a time each Sunday to emphasize the mission of God here amongst us in a time we call Mission’s Emphasis. This year rather than an information dump about the ministries and missions we support we are looking at the characteristics of a believer engaged in missional living and it is our HOPE that in doing so we

Missional Prayer

I said it last year as I introduced missions emphasis in 2022, but there is no better place for missions emphasis than following the act that made us all missionaries. Maybe not all “travel to another country” missionaries, but men and women who have repented and put God’s will for our lives first. Those who through obedience to God’s call enter into God’s mission to save his people in the world.

God’s mission is to redeem his whole creation, and the mission of the people of God is

Newness of Life

In the Bible baptism is presented as the decisive, public moment when Christians proclaim that they are followers of Jesus. The act of being baptized is meant to visually depict the basis of a Christian’s hope in the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus.  As a person goes down into the water it is a picture of being buried with Christ, and then they are raised up out of the water to walk in newness of life. Baptism does not save a person; only one’s faith in Christ does that. H

Boasting In The Cross

In his letter to the Galatian church, the Apostle Paul wrote, “But far be it from me to boast except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, by which the world has been crucified to me, and I to the world.” (Galatians 6:14)

The cross is so ubiquitous and such a familiar symbol of Christianity that it has lost much of its ability to shock us. However, the adoption of such a symbol by the early church was intentionally provocative. In the first century Roman world into which Christianity first emerged the cross was as ugly as an electric chair and as shocking as a noose, and so Paul’s statement that he boasted in the cross would have been an attention-grabbing claim.

March 2023


On the Sunday before being crucified Jesus entered Jerusalem a hero, the great hope of the people, and on Friday he would leave the city condemned, rejected and despised. He had entered Jerusalem being carried on the back of a young donkey, but he would exit the city just a few days later as a beast of burden himself, carrying a cross on His back. On Sunday they cheered for the fact that Jesus had called Lazarus alive out of a tomb and on Friday they cheered as He was killed and placed into

Rivers Into Wastelands

In this message we conclude our study through Psalm 107 by taking up verses 33-43. Try to carve out some time before you listen to give these verses a read. It is, in some ways, a challenging and difficult portion of scripture to understand and apply to our lives, but there is real value in wrestling with difficult verses like these.

The Love That Brings Us Peace

Do you remember the scene from the Bible when Jesus and His disciples were out in a boat in the middle of a storm? (Mark 4:35-41) Mysteriously, Jesus was sound asleep in the stern even though the wind was howling, the waves were breaking over the sides, and the boat was filling with water. His disciples, who were justifiably terrified, woke Jesus up and asked him, “Teacher, do you not care that we are perishing?” Maybe an English teacher would classify that last sentence as a question,

The Love That Makes Us Whole

An Open Letter to My Children…

“Dear Tate Kids,

I need to apologize to you for something. It’s not my fault exactly, but I will apologize anyway because unfortunately I’m not entirely blameless in the matter either. Your Mom and I have passed on to you a fatal genetic condition which runs in our family. We went ahead with our plans to conceive you even though we knew there was a 100% chance that you would also be born with this fatal condition. I know how you must feel. I’m sorr

February 2023

The Love That Makes Us Free

Christians talk a lot about being free in Christ, but to many non-believers they see life in Christ as the very opposite of freedom. From their perspective, Christians have a “Lord,” and a pretty demanding one at that. They think, “how would I be free if I became a Christian? If you become a Christian then you must submit to the will of your Lord, right? Isn’t it true also that the Bible has a bunch of rules in it, and Christians have to follow those rules?”

“I’m sorry,” they thi

Hungry and Thirsty

We will be continuing our study of Psalm 107 by unpacking verses 4-9 together. The first three verses of the Psalm introduced the main theme that God is good and that His steadfast love endures forever. Then the next four stanzas go on to provide four showpiece demonstrations of God’s goodness and love toward us. In the coming weeks we will be celebrating each in turn. In verses 4-9, which we will be studying in this message, we are told about the love that brings us home.

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