Sunday, March 18, 2018: How to Guard Your Steps When You Go to God’s House

Guard your steps when you go to the house of God. To draw near to listen is better than to offer the sacrifice of fools, for they do not know that they are doing evil. Be not rash with your mouth, nor let your heart be hasty to utter a word before God, for God is in heaven and you are on earth. Therefore let your words be few. For a dream comes with much business, and a fool’s voice with many words. (Ecclesiastes 5:1–3) If we thoughtlessly stroll into church each week, too preoccupied to be mindful of God’s presence, we are being foolish. Instead, Solomon advises, we must be (Read More)

March 14, 2018 // 2 Comments

Sunday, June 18, 2017: God Knows More About You Than Google

The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately sick; who can understand it? “I the LORD search the heart and test the mind, to give every man according to his ways, according to the fruit of his deeds.” (Jeremiah 17:9-10) What Our Search Histories Say About Us I have to confess, I’m a total podcast junkie. I’m always on the hunt for something interesting to listen to. Knowing this, a friend recently recommended I listen to an episode of a podcast produced by NPR. In it, a former data scientist for Google named Seth Stephens-Davidowitz was interviewed. (Read More)

June 14, 2017 // 0 Comments

Sunday, May 28, 2017: What We Gain When We Repent

“Repent and believe in the gospel.” (Mark 1:15) How Do You Come to Church? It’s all too easy for us to come to church without paying any mind to the true condition of our hearts. Think about it, how often do we show up to a worship gathering only to go through the motions and leave without being truly impacted by God’s presence, His Word, and the witness of His people? Too often we walk into church with sin festering in our hearts, and then walk out in the exact same state. Which reminds me of what A.W. Tozer once said, “It is our wretched habit of tolerating (Read More)

May 24, 2017 // 0 Comments

Sunday, February 26, 2017: What The Holy Spirit Can Do through Our Seven Days Of Prayer

And when they had prayed, the place in which they were gathered together was shaken, and they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and continued to speak the word of God with boldness. Now the full number of those who believed were of one heart and soul, and no one said that any of the things that belonged to him was his own, but they had everything in common. And with great power the apostles were giving their testimony to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus, and great grace was upon them all. (Acts 4:31-33) A Simple But Pointed Question Do you pray? This simple but pointed question was once (Read More)

February 22, 2017 // 0 Comments

Sunday, February 12, 2017: Experiencing The Power Of The Triune God through Prayer

For this reason I bow my knees before the Father, from whom every family in heaven and on earth is named, that according to the riches of his glory he may grant you to be strengthened with power through his Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith.” (Ephesians 3:14-17) Getting The House in Order A year and a half ago, my wife and I signed the mortgage on our house. It was very exciting because it meant we were now owners of a wonderful new home. But at the same time, we also knew that there was a considerable amount of work to be done to the (Read More)

February 8, 2017 // 1 Comment

Sunday, September 27, 2015: How A.W. Tozer Helps Us Get Real With God

“Oh that you would rend the heavens and come down!” (Isaiah 64:1) God Confronts And Invites When was the last time you got real with God? Or maybe a better question would be, Have you ever gotten real with God? That seems blunt, I know. But when it comes to how we relate to God, we need point-blank questions to dart past our pretense and beckon upon us to consider what matters most to Him. That’s why the Bible can be such a jarring book. It’s God’s inspired, self-revealing Word to us. And if we read it honestly, it reads us by confronting us with crucial (Read More)

September 23, 2015 // 0 Comments

Sunday, July 19, 2015: How God Turns Our Wasteland Into Eden

For the LORD comforts Zion; he comforts all her waste places and makes her wilderness like Eden, her desert like the garden of the LORD; joy and gladness will be found in her, thanksgiving and the voice of song. (Isaiah 51:3) Oftentimes, the Christian life isn’t the mountaintop experience we want it to be. We’re easily drug down into the doldrums by the circumstances of our daily lives. Sure, we want a deeper experience of God—who doesn’t? Yet the endless distractions of life get the best of us and we can’t seem to get a grip. So let’s admit it, (Read More)

July 15, 2015 // 0 Comments

Sunday, April 12, 2015: Repenting Our Way into Greater Delight

“Come now, let us reason together, says the LORD: though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they are red like crimson, they shall become like wool. If you are willing and obedient, you shall eat the good of the land; but if you refuse and rebel, you shall be eaten by the sword; for the mouth of the LORD has spoken.” (Isaiah 1:18-20) There is significant tension in our city right now. No one can deny that things have been heated lately as the SOGI ordinance has been put to a vote. Bold political signs that have occupied front (Read More)

April 6, 2015 // 0 Comments

Sunday, March 08, 2015: The Church to Whom God Will Look

“But this is the one to whom I will look: he who is humble and contrite in spirit and trembles at my word.” (Isaiah 66:2) One of the saddest things about today’s American church is our disinclination to tremble at the Word of God. I would contend that, in the minds and hearts of many, there is a lack of reverence for what God has said. There might be warm fuzzies and happy thoughts about “the man upstairs.” But a holy fear of the living and true God? That sounds a bit archaic. And thus we can be much too frivolous when the Scriptures are open. In our modern (Read More)

March 3, 2015 // 1 Comment