Spiritual Disciplines

Sunday, September 02, 2018: Coming to Church With a Sword to Your Neck

For the word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing to the division of soul and of spirit, of joints and of marrow, and discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart. And no creature is hidden from his sight, but all are naked and exposed to the eyes of him to whom we must give account. (Hebrews 4:12–13) How we approach God’s Word is the difference between growing and remaining stagnant in the Christian life. I doubt that anyone taking time to read this post has trouble affirming that the Bible plays a vital role in the life of a believer. Yet I (Read More)

August 29, 2018 // 0 Comments

Sunday, August 12, 2018: God Still Shows Up in the Nazareths of This World

Then Jacob awoke from his sleep and said, “Surely the LORD is in this place, and I did not know it.” (Genesis 28:16) In John 1:45, Philip tells Nathaniel, “We have found Him of whom Moses in the law and also the prophets wrote: Jesus of Nazareth.” For an Israelite at the time, this would’ve come as a surprise—”the world’s Messiah is from where now? Nazareth? Of all places?” You see, Nazareth wasn’t exactly a desirable place to live. It was about as podunk as you could get, hence Nathaniel’s snobbish response: “Can anything good come (Read More)

August 8, 2018 // 0 Comments

Sunday, June 17, 2018: Getting to the Heart of What Church is All About

“For the love of Christ controls us, because we have concluded this: that one has died for all, therefore all have died; and he died for all, that those who live might no longer live for themselves but for him who for their sake died and was raised. From now on, therefore, we regard no one according to the flesh…” (2 Corinthians 5:14–16a) When we truly experience God’s love, we are transformed into willing servants. Jesus frees us to love and serve others rather than regarding them according to the flesh. That’s what defined the apostle Paul’s life. (Read More)

June 13, 2018 // 0 Comments

Sunday, June 10, 2018: Where God’s Greatest Blessing Awaits

Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. (Matthew 5:3) As fallen people, we all experience the brokenness that sin has brought to bear upon the world. It manifests itself in countless ways. Some people sense it in an unspoken resentment that has strained their relationship with their spouse. Others in the remembrance of a painful childhood experience. Still, others in a constant search for approval and validation from those around them. However brokenness might show itself, it is our tendency to want to avoid the places in our lives where we most need healing. We (Read More)

June 6, 2018 // 0 Comments

Sunday, May 13, 2018: God’s Cure for Our “Itch”

Ah, stubborn children…who set out to go down to Egypt, without asking for my direction, to take refuge in the protection of Pharaoh and to seek shelter in the shadow of Egypt! (Isaiah 30:1–2) As a kid, I think I got poison ivy just about every summer. The red, bumpy rash would cover my arms and legs, and drive me crazy with incessant itching. If you’ve ever had poison ivy, you know what I’m talking about. It’s the worst. In the book of Isaiah, the people of Judah were itching all over with a desire for security and relief from the looming threat of an Assyrian (Read More)

May 9, 2018 // 0 Comments

Sunday, May 06, 2018: The Key to Enjoying Church

…in your thinking be mature. (1 Corinthians 14:20) Worship leader and scholar Chip Stam once said, “A mature Christian is easily edified.” This means that people who are advancing in Christian maturity will probably find it much easier to enjoy church than people who are not. Immature Christians tend to want gathered worship to scratch their particular itch. They often assume that things like music, preaching, and kids ministry ought to adhere to their expectations and preferences; and when they don’t, church is hard to enjoy. On the other hand, mature Christians are (Read More)

May 2, 2018 // 0 Comments

Sunday, April 29, 2018: The Danger of A Divided Heart

Then Solomon built a high place… (1 Kings 11:7) Jesus said that “a kingdom divided against itself cannot stand” (Mark 3:24). This was certainly true for Israel after Solomon’s passing. Solomon began his kingship with God-given wisdom and honor, yet turned from the Lord later in life, giving his heart to his idolatrous wives by building high places for their gods (1 Ki. 11:1-8). As a result of Solomon’s unfaithfulness, God promised judgment; the kingdom of Israel would be divided (11:31). A generation later, God’s Word was fulfilled. David’s throne in (Read More)

April 25, 2018 // 0 Comments

Sunday, April 01, 2018: Simple Ways to Make The Most of Easter

“For the word of the cross is folly to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God.” (1 Corinthians 1:18) “Whose fool are you?” That’s the question LifePoint will be considering this Easter. If you’re planning to join us (8:00, 9:30, or 11:00AM), here are a few simple ways you can make the most of it: (1) Attend our Good Friday service. Join us this Friday, March 30th at 6:30pm for an evening of remembrance. We will focus on Christ’s crucifixion through singing, prayer, the Lord’s Supper, and listening to (Read More)

March 28, 2018 // 0 Comments

Sunday, March 25, 2018: How Gathered Worship Puts Us in Touch with Our Identity

“Therefore be imitators of God, as beloved children.” (Ephesians 5:1) When getting to know someone, it’s common to be asked, So what do you do? That question is an implicit inquiry about your career or lifestyle. In response, you’re expected to say something like: “I’m a stay-at-home mom.” Or: “I’m a marketing consultant.”  More than simple curiosity, though, this familiar question reveals something profound—that what we do tends to define us. Our career, lifestyle, ambitions, relationships—these things often provide for us (Read More)

March 21, 2018 // 0 Comments

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