There are a lot of things that can humble you. Sports is one of the best for me. In my head I can think I am pretty good. I can picture myself nailing the game winning shot in the NBA finals. I can utterly dominate in the driveway with the eight year old kids. Those things can give me a…
Baptism: A Sign of Good News Have you ever gone to join something but they require you to do something first to demonstrate you fit and were really serious about joining? Their are start up fees or perhaps initiation rites.   Perhaps the most famous, or infamous of these is joining a fraternity or sorority in college. There are stories…
I ll never forget walking to the Library my sophomore year of college and bumping into Gabe. He was a  unique guy, a compulsive runner, also complained a lot and was generally uncomfortable to be around. When I saw him this day I could tell he was really down. There was a deep angst all over his face and he…
We are in the third week of a series on depression and I have learned so much about depression and my community. There are many causes of depression, and people can shy away from talking about depression or counseling on it because they fear offering the wrong solution. You don’t want to prescribe more faith when the issue is chemical.…
There are so many things that promise us happiness in life. How do you find it? There are great explanations in history, great thinkers have given their lives to it. We turn to consider some of that wisdom today in order to find true happiness. Today we turn to… the far side. Slide show on power point. The secrete to…
Introduction: I want to commend all of you for coming back to church this week. Going to a series on contentment is dangerous. Anyone will happen into a series on contentment: You didn’t see it coming. But when you come back for part two the next week that takes real bravery. It’s kind of like when you pray for humility;…
The Word of God doing the Work of God Neh 8:1-12 In 383ad a self admittedly soul sick and tormented African philosopher by the name of Aurelius Augustine went to hear the preaching of a bishop named St Ambrose. He went for the eloquent style but the bishop's preaching began to have an effect on him and his friend Alpius.…
We have spent several weeks talking about the opposition that Nehemiah faced. I almost wondered if we need to skip this chapter, but then thought perhaps the Lord designed this repetition to tell us something important. If we just skip to the parts we think are good then we just might miss something God has to say. I have been…
At this point in my life I have been in ministry about fifteen years. I have had the privilege of being a part of a thriving ministry taking off and reaching its peak, with many lives being changed and growing to a movement of many churches. I remember during those times talking to people who saw how great things were…
Happy mothers day, all you mom. You have busy and demanding jobs. You never get a day off. You work nights, weekends, holidays. For many everything you do today will be undone by breakfast tomorrow. A sick day means you do the same thing you always do and you just feel worse why you do it. You get training in…