Suffering produces…(pt. 3)

This is the third in a series of posts written by our very own Paul Burgess. See the first post and an introduction to the series here. PERSEVERANCE and ENCOURAGEMENT “For whatever was written in earlier times was written for our instruction, so that through...

Family worship

One of the things that this unique time has revealed is the value of discipleship happening within our homes. While the church can be a great help in the work to train up kids to know and love Jesus, the home is often where the most effective training happens. This is...

Suffering produces…(pt. 2)

This is the second in a series of posts written by our very own Paul Burgess. See the first post and an introduction to the series here. TIME OUT “Since therefore the children share in flesh and blood, he himself likewise partook of the same things, that through death...

Suffering produces…

I have asked Paul Burgess, one of our congregants, to write a post on how times of trials and suffering can benefit believers and the church (he’s actually going to write a few connected posts over the next few weeks). Part of the reason I’ve asked him to...

How to be the church in the time of coronavirus

We are living in a strange and difficult time. As such, churches across the world are having to adjust and think through how to continue to be the church in such a time. We clearly need to make some changes, but that doesn’t mean we hit pause on our membership in the...

How we are proceeding with the coronavirus

Like most people, I am watching the coronavirus situation closely, looking into the research available, and keeping up with the recommendations of government and health officials. I have also reached out to both local churches and churches in our 3Strand Network to...

4 ways to respond to coronavirus as a Christian

I shared a few thoughts to our church Sunday about how to think through the coronavirus situation in light of the truth and promises of God. Pray. I was amazed at how long it took for me to pray for the situation. In the search to find information, read articles,...

Follow your arrow (or don’t)

Thus says the Lord:“Stand by the roads, and look,    and ask for the ancient paths,where the good way is; and walk in it,    and find rest for your souls.But they said, ‘We will not walk in it.’ (Jeremiah 6:16) I was...

Strong and kind

And they were filled with great fear and said to one another, “Who then is this, that even the wind and the sea obey him?” Mark 4:41 We recently introduced a song titled “Jesus, Strong and Kind.” The title may not strike you at first, but the words “strong” and “kind”...

Keep spreading the news

“But those that were sown on the good soil are the ones who hear the word and accept it and bear fruit, thirtyfold and sixtyfold and a hundredfold.” Mark 4:20 This past Sunday, we considered Jesus’ parable of the soils. Jesus pictures the word of God as seed that is...