Posts from January 2016

January 25, 2016 Committing to a Deeper Relationship

Committing to a deeper relationship is not a small undertaking. This commitment calls us to a place that is not comfortable or natural for us humans. Jesus tells us in the book of John chapter 14: “If anyone comes to me and does not hate father and mother, wife and children, brothers and sisters—yes, even their own life—such a person cannot be my disciple.” That is radical and not easy. Jesus is calling us into a deeper, satisfying, and rewarding…

January 18, 2016 Does God Want Us to Be Happy?

When you saw the title of this blog, “Does God want you to be happy?”, what was your first instinct? If you are like most people I believe you would say, “Yes, God wants us to be happy.” After all God is a loving God so why wouldn’t he want us to be happy? As I think about Sunday’s sermon in Ruth 2, I see events taking place that will certainly make Ruth, Boaz and Naomi happy, but was happiness…

January 11, 2016 Running

I have been thinking quite a bit about Sunday’s sermon title, “Commit: Don’t Run.” How we handle life’s challenges says a whole lot about a couple of things, our commitment level and our faith. I think more so, our faith. According to Warren Wiersbe in his commentary on Hebrews, “True Bible faith is confident obedience to God’s Word in spite of the circumstances and consequences.”   This, my friends, is the failure of our society. We have lost true Bible…

January 4, 2016 Excellence

As we look forward to this new year I know we all have good intentions to improve in some way from last year. It is what we do, whether we verbalize it or not. In ourselves we want to be healthier, happier, more stable, more prepared financially for the future, or we just want to be a better version of ourselves. There is nothing wrong with any of these things. In and of themselves they are good and they are…

December 28, 2015 Philippians

I know I haven’t posted a blog in a while but I felt I needed to follow up on the series we just completed in Philippians.  Now that we have completed the series we need to not lose what we have learned in this study.  The essence of Bible study is living out what you learn, not just learning for learning’s sake.  As we start a new year I encourage you follow a few steps so that in 2016 you…