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Go Deeper

Last week was our denomination’s Annual Conference. It is always great to see friends, experience great teaching and worship, and do the business of the church. In preparation for the event, each of us receives a journal with all of the necessary information, including all of the action items for our time of business, details of the budget, and general information about our time together. […]

Out of Season

Today is a sunny spring day, but one look out the window at the vast amounts of snow covering the lawn, along with the occasional flurries still falling from above, it is clear that the season is not fully realized yet. A quick check of my weather app also points out that it feels like it is only eight degrees outside. This is certainly not […]

Strong in the Lord

“Even youths grow tired and weary, and young men stumble and fall, but those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not faint.” – Isaiah 40:30-31 We all have moments when we want to quit. The battle we face may seem too big, or too […]

Victory Over Fear

Capturing God’s vision for our lives is the first step, then comes the challenging part – translating that vision into action in our lives. One of the biggest challenges is overcoming the fear that accompanies walking the path God calls us to travel on. Fear is a daunting adversary. It can be debilitating at times, numbing us to the truth and eroding our confidence. One […]

Worthy Worship

Although the church celebrated it on Sunday, today is actually Epiphany, the celebration of the three kings who came to give honor to Jesus. We frequently see the kings represented in crèche scenes, but their arrival was actually much later in his life, somewhere around two years old. With this celebration, the Christmas season officially comes to a close, and the celebration of God’s revelation […]

The Opinion that Truly Matters

Early in my ministry, my wife handed me a cartoon of a woman speaking to her husband who was pouring over his schedule. It read, “Just remember honey, Jesus loves you, and everyone else has a wonderful plan for your life.” As laughable as it was, it is also quite the reality for just about everyone I know. It seems many people around us are […]

God’s Vision: A Big Idea

This morning, I am preaching from a couple of verses from the prophet Habakkuk. This is the first sermon in a New Year’s series on vision. For many of us, Habakkuk is not the first place we turn in the Bible, but his words are a powerful challenge at the beginning of 2015. “Write down the revelation and make it plain on tablets so that a […]

Reset

Bridges, trains, and the acrid smell of industry; rivers marked with barges of coal, these and many more are the images of home. I am a Pittsburgh boy, and, truthfully, that never leaves you. There is something about the city and the region that captures a piece of your heart forever. It is part of what makes our sports fans so annoying to others. We […]

A New Chapter

How did you spend New Year’s Day? We spent it together as family, enjoying some of our traditions and taking time to appreciate one another. Most of what we did would be considered boring by many people, but the day was filled with a sense of meaning and family, even the nap I took to catch up on the sleep I lost watching the ball […]

New Beginnings

Happy New Year! Does anything say new beginnings better than a birth? Even our cultural celebration of New Year’s Eve and Day represents the New Year in the form of a baby taking over for the aging Father Time. I, for one, am profoundly struck by the celebration of beginnings right in the middle of the Christmas season. It there is a new beginning worth […]