The One Secret to Serving One Another

Serving one another is not an option, it’s a command. Paul said that “You were called to be free. But do not use your freedom to indulge the sinful nature; rather, serve one another in love” Galatians 5:13 (NIV). Unfortunately, we live in a culture that likes to be served, rather than serve. This is…

Three Ways to Encourage One Another

I can tell you something about every person you meet today… they all need encouragement. I need it, you need, we all need it, don’t we? The sad thing is that we think we encourage others more than we really do. One researcher found this out in business: “More than 80 percent of supervisors claim they…

What To Do About Evil

“An Act of Pure Evil” –that’s the headline in USA Today’s newspaper describing the massacre in Las Vegas. One man gone mad. At least 58 dead and over 500 injured. How tragic! It is evil! I can’t help believe that something demonic influenced that man’s actions. What should our response be to this kind of…

GENEROSITY AND WHAT IT REVEALS ABOUT OURSELVES

As a pastor I’ve always been reluctant to talk about money. After all, isn’t that what every church is after… my money? Yet, what we do with our money reveals a lot about ourselves. Jesus said that “where your treasure is, there will your heart be also” (Matthew 6:21). LET’S TALK… Every believer should be…

How to Triumph in Tough Times

Practical Wisdom from James 1 How are things going? Actually, I’m pretty certain I can answer that for you! It’s likely you are either coming out of a tough time, in the middle of a tough time, or about to face a tough time (I know I’m just a bundle of optimism). But, how do…

Three Daring Prayers

Prayers from Psalm 139:23-24 I love the Psalms. I think it’s because of its highs and lows. It flows from the highs of praising and acknowledging God for his greatness down to the throws of distress when we feel like God has deserted us. The Psalms express life. Much of it is written in prayer…

What’s Our Freedom For?

Yesterday we celebrated our independence, our freedom as a Country! But what’s our freedom for? We are free – we have our independence!  Now what? How does God want us to live with the liberty we all enjoy? 

Easter in One Word

This weekend, billions of people around the world will celebrate this one event in history—Jesus’ death and resurrection! So what is the significance of Easter? Easter shows us what God is really like. The Bible tells us that “God is gracious and compassionate; slow to anger and rich in love” (Psalm 145:8). The Apostle Peter…

Living Beyond Ourselves

This year, the Pacific Conference is emphasizing the theme “Beyond Ourselves.”  We cannot be a healthy local church without an outward focus. It is so easy to focus on our own needs and forget about our community. In fact, the gap between the church and the culture is so great, that many have given up…

5 Growth Areas for 2017

I’m not a great one for New Year’s resolutions. They tend to be filled with good intentions rather than plans of action. For example, I heard that 80% of those who sign up for gym memberships in January stop going by February. Someone confessed, “My goal for 2017 is to accomplish the goals of 2016…

Four Christmas Prayers

One of my favorite passages relating to Christmas is found in Isaiah. 700 years prior to Christ’s birth, this prophet announced a Messiah would be born: “For to us a child is born, to us a son is given; and the government shall be upon his shoulder, and his name shall be called Wonderful Counselor,…

Taking Time for Thanksgiving

This week our entire nation will celebrate Thanksgiving. Ironically, we can miss the whole point of the holiday. We are so busy preparing, cooking, and entertaining, we barely get a prayer out before the meal. For me, I need to slow down, stop, and truly take time to thank God. LET’S TALK… The Psalmist said…