October 27, 2019

The TableKids have been learning about courage this month. They’ve been reading through the story of Moses, but their memory verse comes from Joshua 1:9b.

Joshua was being encouraged to have a confidence in the Lord. Confidence in God will always lead you in the right direction, even though things may still be hard or intimidating at times. We can be brave and strong because we know who our God is. And our success in this life is dependent on God being with us. God gives us abilities in this life to fulfill his calling. But sometimes we still feel like we’re not fully equipped or quite ready to do what he wants us to. However, when we understand that he i...

September 22, 2019

This month, we've been talking about trust with the kids. They are learning what it means to put their trust in God and depend on him even when life gets confusing or hard to handle. September's memory verse is Proverbs 3:5.


Trust in the Lord with all your heart. Do not depend on your own understanding. 

To put our trust in God, means to feel helpless and wait on His command. This can be scary for us to, especially as adults - even more so when taking care of children - we don't want to be helpless. However, when we feel helpless, it can bring us to the realization that we can't do life on our own. And in order to trust God, we have to use every bit of o...

April 21, 2019

Hope and doubt

Which comes first: belief or doubt? So often, they seem to coexist in a fluctuating balance. I believe the things spoken through the Bible, I believe I was created for a purpose, at the same time; I doubt my abilities, my obedience, my value. But something I know is: my doubt does not change the things that are true. How I relate to the truth, does not change it. Even when we are blind to the truth, it is still there, beckoning us.

In Mark 16 we see how those closest to Jesus, reacted in perfectly human ways to his resurrection.

16 When the Sabbath was over, Mary Magdalene, Mary the mother of James, and Salome bought spices so that they might...

April 19, 2019

In 50 countries with the highest concentration of persecution, 4,136 people died for their faith in 2018. This figure represents real people with real lives, families, jobs, churches—who every day made the dangerous choice to believe in and trust Jesus. 

66 While Peter was below in the courtyard, one of the servant girls of the high priest came by. 67 When she saw Peter warming himself, she looked closely at him.

“You also were with that Nazarene, Jesus,” she said.

68 But he denied it. “I don’t know or understand what you’re talking about,” he said, and went out into the entryway.

69 When the servant girl saw him there, she said again to those standing aroun...

April 18, 2019

I do enjoy the elimination rounds of America's Got Talent.  Occasionally, you will find a character or two who perform in costumes or makeup and are unrecognizable to those who work with them in real life.  When asked what they do for their day job they always say something like "I'm an accountant and no one would believe that I can do this because I'm so quiet" or "I work at a retail store but feel like I can only be my real self if I put on the makeup."

When Jesus walked this earth, he had many people wondering exactly who he was.  Some thought he was a prophet, some thought he was just a teacher, some thought he was crazy and a heretic.  Before we...

April 17, 2019

Just yesterday I was visiting with a coach. She was sharing with me a conversation she recently had with one of her students. The student came to her and confided in her a poor decision she had made. As the coach and I talked through it, she kept coming back to how disappointed she was that this student even chose to do what she did. She was disappointed, but also still wanted her student to know she was loved and cared for.

As I read the scripture below, I couldn’t help but think back to that conversation I had with the coach and something she shared with me. She said, “I never want a student to feel that they have done something so terrible that they ar...

April 15, 2019

Food has an incredible allure.  I know for me, a great tasting meal is very satisfying.  A great tasting meal with friends is pure joy.  Most meals with friends are full of conversation but probably are not very surprising.  During one particular meal, Jesus surprised the Disciples by how he served part of the meal.  Take a look:

Mark 14:17-26 New Living Translation (NLT)
17 In the evening Jesus arrived with the Twelve. 18 As they were at the table eating, Jesus said, “I tell you the truth, one of you eating with me here will betray me.”

19 Greatly distressed, each one asked in turn, “Am I the one?”

20 He replied, “It is one of you twelv...

April 14, 2019

Asking questions is okay.  A few years back, my wife Amanda and I were stirred to begin asking God what was next for our lives.  We had felt that God was releasing us from our current post in Springfield, but we had no idea where he would lead us to next.  We were sure that a call from an established church was coming.  When it did, we thought for sure that we were headed there.  After a couple phone interviews, a date was set for us to meet the congregation and to see the church facility.  When we arrived, we found a charming congregation, a beautiful place to worship in, and a growing community.  Everything seemed great.  However, towards the end of th...

April 13, 2019

In the first portion of Mark 14, the Passover is about to begin. We are nearing the time of Jesus crucifixion and the events that preceded it. 

3 While he was in Bethany, reclining at the table in the home of Simon the Leper, a woman came with an alabaster jar of very expensive perfume, made of pure nard. She broke the jar and poured the perfume on his head.

4 Some of those present were saying indignantly to one another, “Why this waste of perfume? 5 It could have been sold for more than a year’s wages[a] and the money given to the poor.” And they rebuked her harshly.

6 “Leave her alone,” said Jesus. “Why are you bothering her? She has done a beautifu...

April 12, 2019

A few years back on a Thursday morning, I remember unlocking the door, walking in and seeing broken glass all over the carpet.  As I further investigated, I saw a couple of offices that had been completely trashed.  I realized that our church had been broken into and vandalized.  Then I called 911.  I often wonder what causes people to bring so much destruction, even sometimes, to the place of worship.

After Jesus road into Jerusalem on a donkey, he made a trip to the Temple where he discovered crimes against God happening as well.  Take a look:

Mark 11:15-18

15 When they arrived back in Jerusalem, Jesus entered the Temple and began to drive...

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