God Gets the Last Word

Since the beginning, the Church has faced afflictions and persecutions. The Thessalonian church was enduring persecutions and Paul wrote to encourage them in their faith, instruct them for their faith, and pray for their faith. He taught them that persecution in the present points to the future judgement of the world, the reliability of God’s […]

The Bigger, Better Story of Redemption

The story of Ruth in the Old Testament teaches a great truth that God has not forgotten His people. He provided a husband and son for Ruth, a redeemer for Naomi, and a King for His people. But the bigger, better story of redemption that Ruth teaches is that God has provided a Savior for […]

A Risky Plan Redeemed

God is at work in the complex details of our lives for His glory and our good. So we should act in faith, be righteous, and trust God to finish what He’s started. Scripture: Ruth 3:1-18; Deuteronomy 25:5-10; Isaiah 42:3; Titus 3:4-6

Loving People through Prayer

For three chapters, the Apostle Paul has been encouraging the young church in Thessalonica and reminding them of his deep love for them. Today, we finish this section of the letter with Paul saying again that he longs to see them, “to supply what is lacking in their faith.” When Paul writes these words, he […]

Evidences of Grace

The “Nones” are the fastest growing part of our population in the US. They’re the people who check the box “None” on survey’s asking, Which religion do you most closely identify with? They’re not closed to faith, they’re “spiritual, but not religious.” They want to know what you believe and why, so they’ll have the […]

God’s Wisdom for Finances

As a church, we chose years ago to not be afraid of talking about money. In fact, after studying the gospels we decided that one of our measures would be, “Do I live the life of a generous giver?” That’s a discipleship question. How I handle my money, my level of generosity doesn’t begin with […]

Godly Ethics at Work

We all want to work with people who have a solid work ethic, but ethics at work aren’t always clear. People feel the pressure to conform to a culture in the workplace that cuts corners and lacks integrity. Does God care anything about the way we work? And how do we overcome the external and […]

God’s Wisdom for Work

Do you remember your first job? Over a lifetime, the average person will spend about 90,000 hours at work. That’s 3,750 days. Work takes a significant amount of time in our lives and Proverbs has plenty to teach us about the way we work. In fact, there’s the way the world works, and then there’s […]

The Power of Jesus

If what the Gospels report about Jesus is the stuff of legend, then believe what you want. But if the Gospels are eyewitness reports about the life of Jesus, if they are history, then you have to deal with who Jesus is, that He is Lord of All. One of the most difficult things for […]

Tale of Two Kings

Acts 12 is like a door that closes the first half of the book, focused on the Apostle Peter and the gospel going to the Jews, and opening to the second half of the book, focused on the Apostle Paul and the gospel going to the Gentiles. Acts 12 shows us how once again, conflict […]