Step into the Light


I want you to imagine what life would be like without electricity. Think of how dark things would get, once the sun set. You would have to make sure and be home, before dark, otherwise, it could be difficult to find your way. These days that is such an unfamiliar concept to us. Some say that we live in a “light polluted” world. Literal darkness really isn’t much of a thing in our day and...

We Need to talk About Sin


My friend, and fellow pastor, Bo, recently told a story about how the early church didn’t have a word to accurately describe the kind of love they saw expressed and live out by Jesus, so they made one up – Agape. Pretty cool, huh? To love so outrageously they have create a new word?  But that got me thinking about a word that church has misused for centuries. It’s a pretty word. One...



My wife hates putting gas in the car. She will go as far as possible seeing how close she can get to empty before going to the gas station. What about you? We do the same thing with our souls. We run and run and run – never stopping to refuel, but inevitably we will hit empty. John Ortberg writes in the book Soul Keeping, “The soul was not made to run on empty. But the soul doesn’t come with a...

Keeper of our Souls


“There once was a town high in the Alps that straddled the banks of a beautiful stream. The stream was fed by springs that were old as the earth and deep as the sea. The water was clear like crystal. Children laughed and played beside it; swans and geese swam on it. You could see the rocks and the sand and the rainbow trout that swarmed at the bottom of the stream. High in the hills, far beyond...

Do You See What I See?


It was Christmas Eve, 1976. I was 6 years old living on SW 25th street in Redmond where I grew up. It was getting late and I was waiting for Santa to arrive. My parents kept trying to get me and my 2 brothers and 1 sister in bed to no avail – WE WERE SO EXCITED. Finally they pulled out the big guns and told us a rule we were not aware of, but now know it to be a common one used by parents...

Hope Is On The Way


With the birth of Jesus, no one knew the hour, so they went on with their lives. Most people stopped looking, and you know what? I can't really blame them. I think that's what we would do. Waiting 400 years with nothing.

The Cruciform Life


If the gospel doesn’t change me, inside out, if it doesn’t transform me but if the Christian life means anything at all it finally has to get into the world of what we do between waking and sleeping into the realms of the routine ordinary speech habitual responses casual reactions if Jesus makes it into our daily behavior observers will begin to think there might be something to this...

Arm Yourself


Therefore, preparing your minds for action, and being sober-minded, set your hope fully on the grace that will be brought to you at the revelation of Jesus Christ.” 1 Peter 1:13 ESV Have you fallen? We all do. It’s nothing to be ashamed of.In the Bible, Peter comes to us after his failure and return and tells us to arm yourselves with a new way of thinking – thinking like Jesus. I...

Rethinking Morality


Have you noticed that every generation seems to have less moral restrictions than the prior generation? Everyone over 50 thinks it’s about time someone said something. Everyone under 30 thinks religion trying to control behavior. Here’s the problem with both ways of thinking: My generation and older – even though we weren’t allowed to dance, drink, read nickel nasties, go to rated R movies...

It’s Going to Cost You


The way of Jesus was and is subversive. I want to attempt to break us from any religious system or ideologies which keep us from Jesus and His way of love, especially for the men. Sometimes church can feel like it’s more for our wives than for us. Maybe we’ve allowed ourselves to fade into the background in a lot of areas, including family, church, society. We need to be inspired. We want our...

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