Personal Worship Guide – When God’s Word Pours Down Like Rain

Personal Worship Guide - When God's Word Pours Down Like Rain God’s Word is like the rain. It fulfills God’s purpose of causing life to flourish. It comes from beyond us. We can’t control it. We only receive it… much like this invitation to feast at God’s banquet of grace. Isaiah 55:1-13 reminds us that … Continue reading Personal Worship Guide – When God’s Word Pours Down Like Rain

Fearless and Singing

Now suppose both death and hell were utterly defeated. Suppose the fight was fixed. Suppose God took you on a crystal ball trip into your future and you saw with indubitable certainty that despite everything - your sin, your smallness, your stupidity -- you could have free for the asking... your whole crazy heart’s deepest … Continue reading Fearless and Singing

The Great Hindrance to Friendship with God – Gleanings from James 4:1-10

I am preaching through a series entitled: 2:42 - Routine Investments in Redemptive Friendships. This coming Sunday we will address "The Great Hindrance to Friendship with God." Below are some gleanings and insights put together by our pastoral intern from Covenant Seminary, Nathan Lucy. They were very helpful to me personally and I commend them … Continue reading The Great Hindrance to Friendship with God – Gleanings from James 4:1-10

Sepulchers of Shame or Sanctuaries of Grace?

If you are a church-goer, for much of your life you have come to church and been slain with guilt.  Churches can so quickly become sepulchers of shame, blame-shifting, and hostility rather than sanctuaries of grace. The Catholic apologist and contemporary of C.S. Lewis, Dorothy Sayers’ writes about the oft-embraced view that the church has … Continue reading Sepulchers of Shame or Sanctuaries of Grace?

Surrendering to Grace

Man's agenda is self-preservation and power grapping.  God's agenda is redemption for 'Adam's helpless race.'  How easy it is to miscalculate redemption's price tag.  Peter miscalculated the cost to the Messiah to save His people.  He never realized that the Messiah had "to suffer many things" on behalf of the people He came to save. … Continue reading Surrendering to Grace