Posts from March 2015

Living in a Broken World

“And when they had mocked him, they stripped him of the robe and put his own clothes on him and led him away to crucify him.” Matthew 27:31 ESV Picture this: you’re talking to a friend, trying to lead them to walk with the Lord, and you’re pretty confident with what you’re saying. You’ve made it through the conversation so far being able to answer most of their questions to their satisfaction. Then they hit you with “Why do bad things happen to good…

What About Suffering?

There are lots of ways to discipline children. In our house, we like to focus on “natural consequences” whenever possible. If you aren’t playing nicely with a toy, you don’t get to use the toy. If you don’t eat your dinner, you don’t get dessert. One thing leads to another. Suffering is a natural consequence of sin in the world. It was never a part of God’s plan. We experience suffering because we are sinful people. We make bad choices…

Executive Ministry Team Meeting Highlights for March 25, 2015

The Executive Ministry Team (EMT) is the team tasked with leading the everyday operations and programs of First Trinity. The EMT is led by Pastor Chuck Whited. Serving on the team are Jason Christ (Director of Attract and Middle School Ministries), Marsha Peth (Director of Care Ministries), Sue Steege (Director of Transformation Ministries), and Tim Hartnett (Ministry Operations Manager). Also included would be the Director Serve Ministries (vacant). We meet twice monthly. March 25, 2015 We spent some time talking…

Reaching Beyond Our Walls

One thing has become clear since we started the vision process at First Trinity back in October of 2014: God’s people have a desire to start reaching beyond our own building. As we read through all the ideas for where people feel God is leading us as a church, many focused on the community. Expanding Lifetree Cafe, more service opportunities, and expanding our Preschool were just a few ideas. As a special kick-off for the new vision—especially the community-focused piece…

Loving to the End

“You make known to me the path of life;     in your presence there is fullness of joy;     at your right hand are pleasures forevermore.” Psalm 16:11 ESV I guess I’m at the age where I’m supposed to be deciding what I want to do for the rest of my life. Of course, God could change my direction at any time, but for now, I’ve chosen my major, what jobs on and off campus I’m doing, and I’m starting to think about…

What Brings Fulfillment?

I went on my first mission trip when I started as a Director of Christian Education Intern in Katy, Texas in the summer of 1999. We left for Mexico just a month after arriving at the church. Having never done a mission trip before, I wasn’t entirely certain what to expect. I went in expecting to be able to help others, and I certainly wasn’t disappointed. Our team spent time building a new church building for a congregation there. It…

Where do we find God?

“Let my cry come before you, O Lord; give me understanding according to your word!” Psalm 119:169 ESV There’s a group on my campus that meets every Wednesday night, called Ratio Christi. It’s an apologetics group aimed at educating Christians and non-Christians alike about the case we can make for God, based on Science, Mathematics, Logic, etc. Each week is a new topic, and a different point is discussed. This week, it just happened to be, a mathematical explanation for one…

Where is God?

One of my favorite Lenten Devotionals is A Violent Grace by Michael Card. He’s a Christian musician that is exceptionally gifted at writing lyrics. This particular book is full of great devotions that help me focus on the sacrifice that Jesus made to bring me life. One of my favorite quotes from the book comes when he is exploring John 14:6 where Jesus professes to be “the way, the truth, and the life.” Here’s what Michael writes: The Incarnation changes…

Unconditional Acceptace

23 for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, 24 and are justified by his grace as a gift, through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus, 25 whom God put forward as a propitiation by his blood, to be received by faith. This was to show God’s righteousness, because in his divine forbearance he had passed over former sins. 26 It was to show his righteousness at the present time, so that he might be just and the justifier…

Am I Accepted?

People often confuse acceptance and approval these days. As Christians, we are in the center of this maelstrom. Christians are increasingly perceived as intolerant of others, especially those who are different. If you don’t act like us, you can’t be one of us. The divide is most evident to me in the relationship between Christians who accept God’s Word as the authority on what’s morally right and those that don’t accept absolute truth as a possibility. Consider the relationship between…
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