Promise Keeper

Acts 27 How many of us have ever wondered whether or not a Midwestern thunderstorm would ever pass? When taken literally, that question seems silly. We all know storm systems dissipate. Our belief in the promise of clearer skies is so understood it need not be spoken. But what about when life storms? In Acts 23, Paul receives a promise … Read More

But Then

Acts 25:23–Acts 26:32 Have you ever noticed how the same stories are told and re-told at family gatherings? Oftentimes the stories told on repeat serve as clues to the values we hold deep. If our uncle values athletics, we’ll likely hear about his glory years in high school football dating to four decades ago. If our grandmother values resourcefulness, we … Read More

Real Relationship

Acts 25:1-22 We are challenged in this week’s message to ask the question, “When did the relationship get real?” Contrary to what much of today’s world would profess, the answer is actually not when it becomes official on Facebook or any other social media channel. Realness in relationships is forged through experience, and oftentimes the tough ones. One could make … Read More

We Are Forgiven

Acts 24:1-27 What amazes me more than the ease with which they ask for forgiveness is the fullness with which they accept it. I have learned more about grace from observing my three year-olds than any other place. Why? Because sometimes observing an active moment of grace is more impactful than all the teachings in its aftermath. Now let’s shift … Read More

Made for More

Mark 2 Imagine walking into your favorite restaurant and being told you could have anything and everything on the menu. But maybe you thought it was a joke. Or that you didn’t want the “charity.” Or that you just weren’t worthy of such kind treatment. So you took a glass of water and walked out. This week’s message unpacked a … Read More

Ordinary People

Acts 22:30-23:35 “Larger than life.” “Starstruck.” “He can do no wrong.” We hear these phrases regarding pop stars, actors, athletes, and other celebrities. Humanity has a tendency to tag the elite in any arena as having a touch that turns everything to gold. As Christians, we can often identify the folly in this type of lens view. But do we … Read More

Faithful Relationship

Acts 21:37-40, Acts 22:1-21 How many points did you score? Who won the game? What grade did you get? How many sales did you make? These common questions serve as evidence of our performance-obsessed culture. In Acts 21-22, after sharing the Good News for nearly two decades, Paul is in Jerusalem during a time of rising tensions. He’s kicked out … Read More

Look What God Did

Acts 21:18-36 His little hands gripped my fingers as I led my youngest around the room while he awkwardly moved his chubby legs into steps. His older brothers watched enthusiastically and shouted, “Look, mama! He’s walking!” What they didn’t know is I was all but walking for him. The modern-day, Christian version of that story is when we witness the … Read More

Excuses

Acts 21:1-17 Excuses are for losers. We’ve all heard the saying. But do you know where I think we’d find more excuses than the losing team’s locker room? The sidelines — on why we shouldn’t, couldn’t or didn’t get in the game at all. Spirituality is little different than sports. We reason our way out of life on mission and … Read More

Compelling Leadership

Acts 20:13-38 We’ve all seen some semblance of the scenario in a movie when a relationship is holding on by a hair and the one who wants to make it work essentially says, “Just tell me what to do!” When he goodbye is pending or there’s a lot to lose, we tend to cut to the chase. Acts 20 provides … Read More