The Company We Keep

The Company We Keep

“And you are living stones that God is building into his spiritual temple…” (1 Peter 2:5, NLT). For the last two weeks, we’ve been discussing the church. I’ve locked onto Peter’s description of the church: God is in the process of building this spiritual temple, and we are the building blocks. The church isn’t just […]

The Nature of God

Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows. (James 1:17) I spent a long time today trying to think of one perfect verse to answer the question: “What is God like?”  As you might imagine, this self-imposed task turned […]

Unlikely Heroes

“Do not boast about tomorrow, for you do not know what a day may bring forth.“ (Proverbs 27:1, NIV) Years ago, when my son was a toddler, I said goodbye at the front door and left for work. As I was getting in my car, I remembered my coffee.  I turn to walk back to […]

Doing Things God’s Way

“But doom to you who fight your Maker— you’re a pot at odds with the potter! Does clay talk back to the potter: ‘What are you doing? What clumsy fingers!’” (Isaiah 45:9, The Message) Do you ever feel like God gets it wrong?  That he should do this or that?  That he should do it […]

Always Pray and Never Give Up

“…always pray and not give up.“ (Luke 18:1, NIV) In our sermon series, Action Heroes, we will meet the Shunnamite woman in 2 Kings 4 this week.  Give it a quick read – it’s a great story and she’s a real firecracker. [Spoiler Alert!] Her son dies and she wants Elisha to resurrect him…so she […]

Bullets and Bears

“From there Elisha went up to Bethel. As he was walking along the road, some youths came out of the town and jeered at him. “Go on up, you baldhead!” they said. “Go on up, you baldhead!” He turned around, looked at them and called down a curse on them in the name of the […]

Calling All Heroes

“Those of us who are strong and able in the faith need to step in and lend a hand to those who falter, and not just do what is most convenient for us. Strength is for service, not status. Each one of us needs to look after the good of the people around us, asking […]