Current Sermon Series:
In our series ‘“Postcards from Exile” we look at how following the way of Jesus leads us in the opposite direction of the world and even the American Dream. We will explore what it means to live like ancient exiles in a modern, post-Christian world.

Nov 8, 2020
Under Authority
Romans 13:1-7
  • Nov 8, 2020Under Authority
    Nov 8, 2020
    Under Authority
    Romans 13:1-7
  • Nov 1, 2020Prayerful Citizenship
    Nov 1, 2020
    Prayerful Citizenship
    1 Timothy 2:1-6
  • Oct 25, 2020The Kingdom Politic
    Oct 25, 2020
    The Kingdom Politic
    Matthew 20:17-28
  • Oct 18, 2020The Real Fight
    Oct 18, 2020
    The Real Fight
    Ephesians 6:11-13 2 Corinthians 10:3-5
  • Oct 11, 2020Humble and Watchful
    Oct 11, 2020
    Humble and Watchful
    1 Peter 5:6-11
  • Oct 4, 2020Suffering Messengers
    Oct 4, 2020
    Suffering Messengers
    1 Peter 4:1-19
  • Sep 27, 2020Suffering Servants
    Sep 27, 2020
    Suffering Servants
    1 Peter 3:8-22
  • Sep 13, 2020Labor of Love
    Sep 13, 2020
    Labor of Love
    Series: (All)
    1 Thessalonians 1:1-10
  • Aug 30, 2020Priesthood, Nation, People
    Aug 30, 2020
    Priesthood, Nation, People
    1 Peter 2:1-12
  • Aug 23, 2020Secure in Trials
    Aug 23, 2020
    Secure in Trials
    1 Peter 1:1-25

Blog Posts:

Trust Issues

The Lord says, ‘I will rescue those who love me. I will protect those who trust in my name. When they call on me, I will answer; I will be with them in trouble. I will rescue and honor them. I will reward them with a long life and give them my salvation’

-Psalm 91:14-16

My devotional from early in the week, that I actually had already read a couple of days because it was so good, focused on trust. The writer wrote about how trust needs to grow and how it can grow slowly depending on the hurts we have experienced in life. As I read, a ton of thoughts began to swirl in my head. I thought about the different relational experiences that influence my ability to trust others. I thought about circumstances throughout my life that brought about questions of God’s goodness. I found myself feeling stuck.  Then the writer said something groundbreaking to me…

”But here’s the great news. God knows how to grow trust. He knows how to plant it, how to nourish it, how to repair it when it’s broken, and how to restore it when it’s been lost. God is in the trust-growing business.”

After reading that, I realized that I often just end on the fact that I have trust issues. I respond to my experiences in life as if there is no such thing as healing, restoration, or at least the slightest opportunity for growth. I had admittedly forgotten that my God is in the business of growing trust, even for growing trust in Him. The truth is that my God does restore, heal, and grow His people. My prayer is simply that I believe and remember that in my deepest parts; that I believe and remember that no past experience, relationship, or emotion can change that; that He truly is bigger than it all.

This is the message we heard from Jesus and now declare to you: God is light, and there is no darkness in Him at all

-1 John 1:5


That Pesky Relationship Junk

I always thought that my earthly relationships never affected my relationship with God. However, I have recently learned how untrue that is. As I look back over my life I see how I have dragged my relational disappointments and hurts onto God. Somewhere along the way I deemed God as unreliable, not trustworthy, a condemner, and someone who will never be as satisfied with me as I would want him to be largely because of the experiences I have had with other human beings.

It is true that our experiences and relationships help shape how we see ourselves, how we see the world, and sometimes we see them very poorly. But God uses that junk and works it out for our good. God is so gracious in that, by way of His Holy Spirit, He challenges the way we think and turns over on head the lies we believe by confronting us with what is true about Him and the way He sees us with His word.

Romans 8:1-2 “So now there is no condemnation for those who belong to Christ Jesus. And because you belong to Him, the power of the life-giving spirit has freed you from the power of sin that leads to death.”
We are beautiful to Him; precious and valued.
Ephesians 2:10 “For we are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things He has planned for us long ago.”
His love and commitment to us is unconditional.
Romans 8:38-39 “And I am convinced that nothing can ever separate us from God’s love. Neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither our fears for today nor our worries about tomorrow-not even the powers of hell can separate us from God’s love. No power in the sky above or in the earth below-indeed, nothing in all creation will ever be able to separate us from the love of God that is revealed in Christ Jesus our Lord.”

We can turn to Him when insecurities and lies bubble back up or when we feel the ache of past experiences and relationships. We can turn to Him to help us identify what those aches and pains really are, where they come from, and we can believe in Him for healing. He is the God who saves and continues to save us daily.

Psalm 68:19 “Praise the Lord; praise God our Savior! For each day He carries us in His arms.”