When’s the Last Time You Thought About Heaven?

and said, “Men of Galilee, why do you stand looking into heaven? This Jesus, who was taken up from you into heaven, will come in the same way as you saw him go into heaven.” (‭Acts‬ ‭1‬:‭11‬ ESV) When it comes to the subject of Jesus’ return to earth, there seem to be two extremes within Christian culture. Some believers seem to have their heads in the clouds, but have no impact in the world around them. Then there are others who are more hip than holy. Some gaze constantly toward heaven;… Read More

God Usually Makes Us Face Our Consequences

But seek the welfare of the city where I have sent you into exile, and pray to the Lord on its behalf, for in its welfare you will find your welfare. For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope. You will seek me and find me, when you seek me with all your heart. (‭Jeremiah‬ ‭29‬:‭7, 11, 13‬ ESV) There is a simple, yet vital principle that must be considered in order for… Read More

Come to Jesus, the Bread of Life

Jesus said to them, “I am the bread of life; whoever comes to me shall not hunger, and whoever believes in me shall never thirst. (‭John‬ ‭6‬:‭35‬ ESV) I have a daily relationship with food. In fact, I typically eat multiple times every day. I eat and feel satisfied, but in a matter of hours I begin to feel hungry again. That’s how my relationship with Jesus is. Some people mistakenly think that “coming to Jesus” is just describing the moment that a person gets saved, as if that one moment is… Read More

How I See God Determines How I Serve Him

Therefore he had to be made like his brothers in every respect, so that he might become a merciful and faithful high priest in the service of God, to make propitiation for the sins of the people. For because he himself has suffered when tempted, he is able to help those who are being tempted. (Hebrews 2:17, 18 ESV) The image of God as an angry judge may be true in regards to satan and his brood of demons, but is simply not the case when it comes to you. Misguided theology,… Read More

Answering a Tough Question About Suicide

As a pastor I have had the privilege, on many occasions, to walk with families and individuals through “the valley of the shadow of death.” Death can bring an avalanche of emotions, particularly when accompanied by unanswered questions, as in the case of someone taking their own life. Last week a 17 year old friend of ours took his life, leaving a wake of confusion and heartache among his family and friends. Although our hearts remain heavy, the funeral service brought some incredible moments of healing and closure as we heard that… Read More