“Blessed are the merciful, for they shall receive mercy.”
Have you been personally hurt or offended by someone recently? How are you dealing with it? Why is it so hard to show mercy-...READ MORE >
After three beatitudes that deal with emptying ourselves (poor in spirit, mourn, meek…), Jesus turns to being filled. What do you hunger for? If I’m honest, I don’t naturally hunger for...READ MORE >
If I were honest, left to myself, I would live my life entirely self-absorbed…but I’m not sure that it would achieve what I really long for. The image of Christ on the cross was my first...READ MORE >
I don’t “radiate” God’s manifest glory to others in ways I would assume. It certainly is not done by impressive strokes of Christian service, or by smiles and glorious...READ MORE >
“Hey CFC- We’re in the Easter season and preparing for a glorious day of celebration—the resurrection of Jesus. In the run up to Easter we’re kicking off a mini-series called “Into the...READ MORE >
We can choose joy!
“What…are you crazy? Don’t be disingenuous.”
“Whoever said that, obviously has never really suffered.”
This weekend we will take a closer look at joy...READ MORE >
At times we can have a love/hate relationship to our church experiences. What should the expectations be? Encouraging groups are awesome! It’s amazing what we can do to support each other. Our...READ MORE >
On the last day of 1999 I flew from New York to Vienna. The plane was almost empty, so I stretched out on five seats and just slept the night away! What the news media had projected about Y2K...READ MORE >
Be encouraged today! The return of Christ could come at any moment. If you are in Christ, you will rise to a destiny that is almost indescribable. It will erase every doubt in your heart that...READ MORE >
Are you curious what God’s will for your life is? What should you be doing with your life? What path should you take? What kind of work should you be doing? How are you to invest your resources?...READ MORE >
How do you become something? Doesn’t it take intentional training over time?
Whether you want to become a pilot, or an accountant, you need others who will teach you what you need to know and...READ MORE >
Most people don’t like conflict; face-to-face that is. (Online, anything goes).
Speaking of conflict. If you accept God’s word, then it puts you in direct opposition to the world. Why?...READ MORE >
What you say and do matters!
Paul probably thought his trip to Thessalonica was a failure, but in reality it was foundational to Christianity spreading into Europe and “everywhere”(1 Thess....READ MORE >
What does it mean to be “…loved by God…” (1 Thess. 1:4a)? How do we reconcile that with our afflictions? Perhaps being loved by God has far deeper implications than we would have thought....READ MORE >
Have you noticed the temperature of rhetoric rising in our country? People have strong opinions ranging from politics to religion, sexuality and everything in between. Along those lines, if you...READ MORE >
Extrovert: “Solitude is punishment.”
Mother of young children: “Solitude would be wonderful.”
Choleric: “I meet God when I am actively doing things.”
Religious person: “I love...READ MORE >
Happy New Year!
Whenever a new year rolls around I get a little reflective.
I try to ask, “What does God really care about…?”
I know God is love, and as a result He cares about caring...READ MORE >
Happy 2019! The new year brings an exciting sense of fresh beginnings. At the same time, most resolutions begin with the wrong end in mind, and shortly after this season of high hopes many of us...READ MORE >
Twenty-five years ago, on Christmas Eve, I asked Jen to marry me! I was ready to make a wedding vow based on the value I saw in her. It’s interesting that Leviticus ends with a chapter on...READ MORE >
What is hope?
“Hope you have a nice Christmas.”
“I hope it all works out for you.”
Hope in the Bible is deeper than that. More like an inner confidence that finds strength in...READ MORE >