The Myth of Compliance

I’ve begun attending a Saturday morning book study with men in my town. (Actually, I used to attend the study a few years ago, but dropped out because my family was growing and Saturday morning was not the best time to get up early, accidentally wake up the kids on the way out the door, and then leave my wife to manage it.) Because I do a lot of talking and teaching as a pastor, it’s good for me to sit and listen from time to time. Most recently, our study included a discussion around the relationship between commitment and compliance. In essence, we considered the difference between having commitment […]

The Blessed Man

Who do these words remind you of? How blessed is the man who does not walk in the counsel of the wicked, Nor stand in the path of sinners, Nor sit in the seat of scoffers. But his delight is in the law of the LORD, And in His law he meditates day and night. He will be like a tree firmly planted by streams of water, Which yields its fruit in its season And its leaf does not wither;And in whatever he does, he prospers. Psalm 1 A man who never walks according to the words of the wicked… Who never joins in the ways of sinners… Who never […]

Dating the Kids

My wife had the brilliant idea that we should date our kids. In fact, most of the good ideas come from her (she’s always thinking). It sounds a little weird: date the kids. But it’s brought some rich blessings to our family. Here’s a summary of what we are doing and 3 benefits we enjoy from it. What We Are Doing It’s quite simple. We schedule into our family Google calendar one time each week for one of our five kids to go on a brief, one-on-one date with either of us. That means that each week one of the kids takes a turn, and we try to alternate when […]

Wolves Beware

Wolves beware. The Church and her shepherds are watching you. Now I urge you, brethren, keep your eye on those who cause dissensions and hindrances contrary to the teaching which you learned, and turn away from them. For such men are slaves, not of our Lord Christ but of their own appetites; and by their smooth and flattering speech they deceive the hearts of the unsuspecting. For the report of your obedience has reached to all; therefore I am rejoicing over you, but I want you to be wise in what is good and innocent in what is evil. The God of peace will soon crush Satan under your feet. […]

He Requires No More Than He Gives

It’s impossible to understand God’s way of bringing people into His Kingdom, without seeing the relationship between His requirements (conditions) and His promises (grace).  He requires faith in Jesus as the grand condition of salvation. Without faith in Christ, no one can be saved. However, there is a problem: no one can work up faith in himself. No one can simply decide one morning, “Today, I will stop disbelieving Jesus and start trusting Him.” The heart of every person is supernaturally locked into unbelief, at enmity with God. Every heart is closed and no one can open it. So how can anyone be saved?  “God knows we have nothing of […]

How to Handle Your Email Like A Boss

A few years ago, I was drowning in email. Multiple accounts, various roles, numerous responsibilities brought a constant stream of messages into my Gmail account. I was drowning. But now, things are much better. Why? Simple: I have a plan and the plan works. I’ll share my plan with you and maybe you can adapt it for your own survival. Create These 4 Email Folders The four folders you should create in your email browser (Gmail, Spark, etc) are: Reply Soon To Do Name for Some Key Task Watch List Reply Soon is the place where you will move any email which needs your timely response. To Do is the […]

ACTS: Praying with Purpose

As we continue our study of prayer – involving adoration, confession, thanksgiving, supplication – here are some ways you might put all this into practice. Pray with us! Adoration: 1. Praise for His sovereignty over our circumstances. 2. Adoring God for His goodness to us in Christ with every blessing to the praise of His glorious grace. 3. Praise God that He acts for His own glory. 4. Delighting in God as our highest treasure. 5. Praise God because He doesn’t give us what we deserve. Confession: 1. Forgive us for treasuring other things and people over You. 2. We confess that we are often concerned for our own glory, […]

Broadleigh School Drive

We are partnering with Broadleigh Elementary again this year to provide specific needs for their families and children this holiday season.  Please see the list attached and bring all donations to the church by Sunday, December 16.  If you would like to volunteer at their winter food and clothing drive on Thursday, December 20th from 5-7pm please contact Amy Hartmann.  We will bring what we’ve collected as well as almost 100 backpacks filled with school supplies from our friends at Grace Somerset Church.  We are so grateful for their partnership in ministry! Requested Donation Items