being the church Category

mission driven, pt 2

I just got a chainsaw. It was refurbished. But it was a really good deal on something I needed, so I...

mission driven

It inspires. It motivates. It fires us up to attempt great things.   Yes, I could be talking ...

grace inspired living

Southern talk doesn’t come naturally to me. I don’t think I’ve ever been “fi...

transformational worship

Let’s do this. I’ll list three different Scriptures, and see if you can find the common ...

healthy homes

Where do you put down your keys when you get home? On a table or counter? Hung on a hook?   B...

being the church: everyone matters

When you look around, what do you see? (Go ahead. Look around!)   Unless you are currently in...

being the church: biblically grounded

  Geologists are pretty smart people. There’s not much that leaves them puzzled and scra...

grace inspired living

Any list of notable Christians has to include the Apostle Paul. He endured as much hardship as any o...

living in two kingdoms

If you are a parent and raised more than one child, were you able to deal with them in the exactly s...

how are you doing?

How are you doing?   Today, tomorrow, or soon after, it’s going to happen again. You&rs...

celebrating the milestones

The God whom we serve is all about celebrating life’s good and Godly moments. Remember how Jes...

bursting our own bubble

Is there someone you know who is living far from God? If not, then this devotion is especially just ...

it's more than being forgiven

If you were given a dollar for every second of one single day, how much money would you have in the ...

grace inspired living pt. 2

The richest commodity the church has to offer is God’s grace. It’s something it cannot a...

grace inspired living pt. 1

When my children were babies, I remember standing by their crib and checking them every night. That ...

we are not alone

“Do you not know? Have you not heard? The Lord is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends...

you can trust him

Quoted at the end of this weekend’s message, here is that brief portion of a sermon preached b...

no doubt! christ is the victor!

“I doubt it." How many times have we thought or even said that out loud? We have countless sus...

holy week

Today, we are still early in Holy Week – a week that is “holy” in comparison to ot...

freely living, gladly giving

Is “compartmentalizing” a good thing? Many times it is. In the shipping and transportati...

the flow of worship pt. 2

You can have an invitation to a sporting event…or to a lunch. Kids invite their classmates to...

the flow of worship pt. 1

Ever wondered what you’re worth?  Not how economists measure, “net worth,” bu...

transformation happens in community

The Lord has said, “It is not good for Adam to be alone.” Philosophers muse, “No o...

transformational worship - the sacraments

When someone gives you a gift, what determines if you appreciate it or not? Their reason for giving ...

ash wednesday worship

“24 Hours That Changed the World” Traditional – 11:00am & 6:30pm Contemporar...

love is something you do

It’s here, the day that America associates with love. Just the mention of chocolate, flowers a...

choose life

Immediately after leading services on Sunday, I (Pastor Mark) had to hustle to a flight to the next ...

whole life stewardship

Think back for just a moment to your childhood days. Remember summertime? Remember neighborhood game...

like good wine

Have you considered everything that goes into a good glass of wine?   The process is an in...

healthy sexuality

Sex is intriguing. Sex is intoxicating. It’s attention-getting and desire-fulfilling. You know...

being the church at god's house and yours

Where are you most like yourself, at Church or at home?    However you answered it, y...

begining with an end in mind

Who makes the decisions for your family? Before you answer too quickly.  Think about it.&n...

happy new year - it's looking up

What is it that makes us stand in awe of mighty, majestic mountain peaks?   Why do we love...

family mission statement workshops

  You’ve probably heard of a best-selling book entitled, The 7 Habits of Highly Effectiv...

being family on purpose

  Who makes the decisions for your family?   Before you answer too quickly. I&rsqu...

healthy homes - the role of women

There’s a country song with this refrain:   “I’ve got some ocean front p...

healthy homes - parenting

This past Saturday–Monday, Tyler received 2.36 inches of rain.  How great!  The dry,...

men's football event...and more

  On December 11, we’ll have a simple gathering of guys (16+) for the Sunday night game ...

healthy homes: non-nuclear families

What’s the advantage of being overwhelmed?   What benefit can come to those who know...

healthy homes - marriage

Remember multiple choice tests?  Try this one.Marriage & Family Life is… Awesome ...

focusing on men

A few years ago, Lutheran Hour Ministries published a series of findings about what made households ...

the partnership of congregations and homes

Moving into our worship theme of “Healthy Homes” produces a couple of distinct reactions...

god is limitless

You and I share something deep - - but it’s nothing of which we can be proud.   At t...

reformation day

This past Sunday was Reformation Day.  Most specifically, it refers back to a time when a young...

christ died for everyone

What motivates and moves us to do the things we do?   I remember learning about Theory X &...

being human

This little devotion is being typed on a computer… and read on many different digital devices...

making sense of the birth of jesus

When was the last time you were really perplexed?  Not just a little confused.  I mea...