Posts from October 2014

Love Lets It Go

We were recently at the Boulevard Mall for a trick or treat event with our children. My oldest daughter really wanted to dress up as Fawn, one of Tinker Bell’s fairy friends. Fawn is not a popular costume option, so my wife made a costume for her. She was excited about her costume until she got to the mall and noticed the hundreds of other girls around her age that were all dressed as Elsa from Frozen. It seemed like…

A New Thing

Sermon Audio Note: Instead of a devotion for 40 Days of Love, we chose to focus this article on the upcoming vision process. Find out more about the vision process here. #74180799 / gettyimages.com Our community and nation are changing. We no longer live in a society that understands and values the Christian faith. People tend to attend church less and less each year in our community. While many are ambivalent toward the Christian faith, some are increasingly hostile towards…

Loving Like Jesus Loves Me

Whenever we discipline our children, it’s important to us that they understand why they were disciplined. It’s not enough to just know they “made a bad choice”, but that they can tell us what specifically the bad choice was. It’s a way of learning what the right behavior is that we expect from them. Hopefully, this leads to better choices in the future. Doing what’s right and understanding why it’s right are different things. Jesus gave lots of instructions to…

Love Matters Most

Confession time: I’m not really a big basketball fan. However, I’m significantly more interested in the Cleveland Cavaliers since LeBron James decided to return to Cleveland. I remember when he first arrived there and immediately there were comparisons between him and the legends of the game, especially Michael Jordan. Now, as he has developed into an even better player, there are even more comparisons. For whatever reason, we like to talk about who or what is the greatest. A quick…

Celebrating 175 Years in Ministry

Why did Jesus go back to heaven after His resurrection? I mean, think about it. He spent three years walking among us and teaching people about the Father and what it means to walk with Him. It culminated in His final act of love, as He died on the cross to pay for our sins. The story concludes with a nice epilogue as Jesus appears to the disciples and some others a few times before ascending into Heaven to be…