Three Paths

Acts 12:1-25 Success, security, or Jesus? Three distinct paths and most of us spend our lives searching for one of the three. We cannot go after all of them. One heart cannot be divided among three pursuits. We fool ourselves into thinking we can seek Jesus alongside other things but seeking Him at all means to seek him solely. The … Read More

Barnabas, Son of Encouragement

Acts 11 It was in a moment after being shut down by a superior opponent time and time again but continuing to try. My dad gave me life in five words he said about me: “That’s why she’ll be good.” It was also over twenty years ago when I heard my mom tell my dad how beautiful I looked while … Read More

Cornelius and Peter

Acts 10 I was chatting with a friend who has been fostering children for some years now. Her words have been bouncing around in my head ever since: “I guess my view of family has just expanded. I don’t get to make the legal decisions, but there’s a place for them here in my family.” My love felt small and … Read More

I AM

Exodus 3:1-14, John 8:1-11 This week’s sermon touched on passages from Exodus 3 and John 8. We see in those two passages instances of God explicitly revealing Himself to man. “I am who am” was the cry from a burning bush (Exodus 3) and the same all-encompassing identity later echoed from Jesus’s lips: “Before Abraham was born, I am!” (John … Read More

We Are Free

Romans 8:1-14 In taking a break from our regularly scheduled progression through Acts, this week we hashed out applications of Romans 8 in a Mother’s Day message. Like most moms, I know the woes of toddler defiance. In my home, we daily stumble our way through two-year-old apologies. But even more than the display of body-mopping tantrums, it is the … Read More

Aeneas and Dorcas

Acts 9:31-43 A brilliant interior designer shows up at your home, knocks on your door and offers her services… free of charge. She’ll tear down, clean out and recreate on her dime. Imagine this also; you don’t open your door. Or perhaps you do, but only to show the “decent” rooms for fear of being judged by the dated ones. … Read More

Saul’s Conversion

Acts 9:1-31 Have you ever DVR’d a ball game, only to watch it the next day and find the experience of watching lost its “oomph” because twitter or Facebook or your best friend already offered you the outcome? Sometimes we lose out on the impact when we know in advance the end game. Keep that in mind while working through … Read More