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Distilling Our Identity – Part 2: Agility

Last week I began a series aimed at clarifying who we are as a community of believers. Of course, our primary identity is wrapped up in our relationship with Christ and who we are in Him. But every local church has a distinctive identity as well and ours is no different. We have determined from the outset that there are two unique qualities/values which we most want to define us as followers of … [Read More...]

Distilling Our Identity – Part 1: Generosity

During the summer as we've taken a break from our normal church service format and spent time in prayer for our world, our nation and our local community, I've also had the opportunity to examine some of the distinctive characteristics which define our church body. Of course, our primary objective is to make disciples of Jesus by revealing His love by our words and deeds. But there are other … [Read More...]

Our Prayer for Boldness

A rapidly changing cultural and political landscape is increasingly emphasizing the contrast between the values and principles of the Bible and the preferences of a secular society. I use the term "preferences" not to suggest that secular beliefs are not deeply held but to underscore the temporal and temporary nature of those beliefs. When our deepest convictions are rooted in the thin veneer of … [Read More...]

Let God Be True

A ruling this week by the Supreme Court of the United States has created quite a stir throughout our nation. The Supreme Court ruled, on very tenuous Constitutional grounds, that marriage may not be limited to the union of one man and one woman. Reaction to this decision has the potential to be extremely polarizing for our country. On the one hand is the claim that "love has won" and the ruling … [Read More...]

Lessons from the Prodigal

Luke 15:11-24 11 Jesus continued: “There was a man who had two sons. 12 The younger one said to his father, ‘Father, give me my share of the estate.’ So he divided his property between them. 13 “Not long after that, the younger son got together all he had, set off for a distant country and there squandered his wealth in wild living. 14 After he had spent everything, there was a severe famine … [Read More...]