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Believing in Miracles

“So they went out and fled from the tomb, for terror and amazement had seized them; and they said nothing to anyone, for they were afraid.” – Mark 16: 8 By the time you read this, we should be on the other side of Easter. In one sense, I suppose we have always been on the…

One Word Challenge

January is just the beginning of our One Word Challenge. By now you need to have selected your word and started to live with the idea that things may change. Jesus said: “If you abide in me, and my [word] abides in you…you…become my disciples.” John 15:7-8 In January, you identified a word, posted an…

Go Outdoors

We are spending time in the early chapters of the Bible as we begin 2016. Genesis is considered at times to be a minefield for the faith, as devoted Christians try to make science and the powerful words of Genesis into a watershed issue. The text leaves open the door to a variety of ways…

New Year Awareness

At the end of a year, it is hard not to reflect back on the events and circumstances that you have experienced. I often think that if I had known all that was going to happen in the year ahead, I would be both overwhelmed and terrified. I read about one person who made his…

Catching Up With Your Soul

On Sunday, the choir sang “A Season of Praise” and “rocked the house” in our Eastwood Baptist sort of way. And I squeezed in one last word from Isaiah’s list of Messiah descriptors: Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. This Sunday was “Prince of Peace” and I referenced Jerry Bridges’ 3 areas…

Loving Hopelessness

On the first Sunday in Advent, following the Hanging of the Greens and other symbols, we opened the Prophet Isaiah to his collection of descriptive words for the Messiah. The first was “Wonderful Counselor” and my focus was that the goal of counseling is hope. And we have a Messiah who brings light and hope…

Psalm 23

We started a series on the Good Shepherd for November and it seemed right to begin with Psalm 23. The image of God as a Shepherd is an image of tranquility. Phillip Keller notes that sheep will not lay down unless they are fed, watered, not afraid of predators, and not annoyed by pests like…

Waters of Blessing

We came to the end of our study of How God Grows Faith by looking at pivotal circumstances. Lois came and talked about her mission trip to Nicaragua and how that became a pivotal moment of faith. The Book of James tells us that even challenging circumstances can be growth points for us. The Waters…

Servant Sunday

We celebrated Servant Sunday this past week. Did we worship? Well, we shared a meal around noon time and told what we did all morning . We sang some songs, received an offering, and gave announcements in Titus Hall before leaving to go home. We did have some folks come at 10:30am looking for an…

Growing Through Spiritual Disciplines

The third way people grow faith is through personal spiritual disciplines. Sunday was part of our study of spiritual growth based on some conversations Andy Stanley had conducted with committed Christians. We talked about daily times for prayer modeled in Mark 1 by Jesus early in the morning. We talked about reading scripture on a…