Category: Pastor’s notes

Unconditional Love

My son came up with this saying that he likes to pull out every once in a while that goes like, “I love you when [something] and I love you when [not something].” For instance: “I love you when you’re sick and I love…

Discipline makes disciples

A while back during church, we were spending quiet time simply reading and studying the Word. I was flipping through Hebrews when chapter 12 caught my eye — particularly the passage called “God’s discipline.” The author begins by quoting Proverbs 3: “My son, do…

Reading the Bible as God intended

Imagine sitting down with a brand-new novel and opening up to page 105, reading three paragraphs, and then closing it. The next day you might jump to the activities of page 455 (it’s a big novel, you’re very impressive to be reading it), where…

Turn back before it’s too late

“Therefore say to the Israelites: ‘This is what the Sovereign Lord says: Will you defile yourselves the way your ancestors did and lust after their vile images? When you offer your gifts—the sacrifice of your children in the fire—you continue to defile yourselves with…

Trading in a spirit of fear

I would wager to say that fear is a major force in all of our lives. We fear so much — death, rejection, poverty, mistakes, pain, humiliation, betrayal, the future — that it locks us down into a pattern of worry, of hesitation, and…

Confidence in prayer

My devotion reading today took me through the end of 1 John, where I read these arresting words in 5:14-15: “This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us. And if we…

Resolving conflict, Jesus-style

Despite being the unified body of Christ, the church has always faced conflict inside of her walls. From theological debates to personality mismatches to long-held grudges, this conflict tears and corrodes the kingdom that God is working to build in this world. Conflict is…