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  • For many of you who know me, you may be wondering why I of all people would be writing on the topic of Sabbath rest. I feel like most days of the year, rest is more of a luxury than a necessity, and a whole 24 hours of it certainly is an impossible request...


  • So often, I feel so unprepared for Christmas. Distractions abound. “Grandma Got Run Over by a Reindeer” is competing for my attention. Life doesn’t stop. And when I lift my head up, it’s Christmas Eve. The next day comes, presents are exchanged, meals are shared, and time is spent with families. While that’s all fine and good, that falls woefully short of the celebration that’s fit for the angelic announcement in Luke’s Christmas story: “Fear not, for behold, I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord.” (Luke 2:10-11)


  • For you personality test lovers, I am an Enneagram 5 and Myers-Briggs INTJ. I am heavily reliant on thinking things through and coming up with a plan. I feel secure in a trial when I can see a plan to work everything out. At my core I want this because my tendency is to not believe that God will give me the result I want, and that is gut-wrenching...


  • Last Sunday, we concluded our Gospel Reversals series, we heard how God radically lives inside the hearts of believers through faith.


  • I recently spent the evening at a creatives gathering where we shared pieces of our writing or art. One of the pieces shared ended with this question; “What does enough feel like?” I haven’t been able to shake it. I’ve been mulling over it and bouncing it around with friends. I’ve yet to have someone answer it easily. It’s more of a self-inventory kind of question than it is one that provides a singular right answer for every person. ..


  • So many stories in both the Old and New Testament reveal how God’s mercy overcomes our shame and replaces it with great honor. What a wildly wonderful God we have!

    Last Sunday we heard from God’s word just how another Gospel Reversal gives us a new perspective of how the Kingdom of God is ushered in to our broken world by Jesus Christ!


  • When you hear the words “you will never fulfill or fully satisfy me” come out of your future spouse’s mouth, you might be a little weary of what the next 70 years might look like. That’s the conversation we had very early in our dating relationship. Never has that been more true and wonderful than in marriage. We have found that it’s easier to love when there isn’t an expectation of reciprocity. It’s also a lot easier to forgive when you understand that we as humans will never measure up...


  • Whether you find yourself in the tears and weeping, or find yourself in shouts and laughter, we hope you will be encouraged to meet Jesus in all of it.


  • Church, it is only fair that I come clean.  There is someone that is snuggled by my wife more closely than myself. His name is Beartini, and he looks like this:

     

    It’s interesting to me that a creature that would be absolutely terrifying in the real world has been plushified to the point that it’s entirely normal to see a child (or my wife) clutching it tightly. I bet you are on the edge of your seat waiting to see how I manage to shoehorn Jesus into this one...


  • Last Sunday we looed at the gospel reversal going from poor to rich. In the Gospel, Christ has given up his riches to embrace poverty, and we received his riches in exchange for our poverty. Similarly to last week, once we receive from Christ, we can then give to others what we have first received.