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

Encouragement Starts with Attention

Acts 20:1-12 We continue making our way through Acts in this week’s message out of Acts 20:1-12. Acts allows us to witness Paul’s fervor and effectiveness in sharing the Gospel, resulting in nations converted, individuals transformed and lives saved. What is his formula? How does he do it? Let’s zero in on the first three verses of Acts 12 as … Read More

Displacing Idols

Acts 19:23-41 My family and I went to an Illini football game and I couldn’t help but think about the words from Acts 19:32 as I looked around: “The assembly was in confusion: Some were shouting one thing, some another. Most of the people did not even know why they were there.” Instead of a football game, much of the … Read More

More Than Looking the Part

Acts 19:1-20 A few months ago I walked through a gym during a high school AAU basketball tournament. After watching a few games, it was apparent there was just a handful of great talent, but plenty of average talent. Do you know what was interesting? Most of the guys looked the part. They had the arm sleeves, the logos, the … Read More

My Why

Acts 18:18-28 Have you ever come back from a vacation more tired than you were before you’d left? If you have young kids, the answer is most likely an emphatic yes! You may have found yourself wondering, “Why did we spend time, money, energy and effort in doing that?” Why? It’s a powerful question. Seventeen years into his ministry, Paul’s … Read More