Growing Pains: Acts 6:1-7

The sitcom Growing Pains covered the life of the Seaver family in the 80s and early 90s. The father was a psychologist, mom was a journalist, and their two sons and daughter were constantly finding themselves in trouble. The series illustrates some of the common challenges of growing up. All of us adults can relate to the struggles of maturing- … Read More

The Great Escape: Acts 5:17-42

The classic movie the Great Escape tells the story of a massive prison break from Nazi Germany on March 24, 1944. The movie is based on a true-life story of 200 English airmen who risked their lives to tunnel their way to freedom and cause a diversion of enemy personnel and resources from the front lines. An incredible amount of … Read More

Christ Centered Community: Acts 4:32-5:16

Yesterday American WNBA star Brittney Griner was sentenced to 9 and a half years in Russian prison and ordered to pay a fine of over $16,000.  She pleaded guilty to smuggling drugs for having less than a gram of cannabis oil in her luggage as when she arrived at the Moscow airport. Think about that- that’s less than a sugar … Read More

Marks of Empty Religion: Acts 4:1-31

Only 37% of Christian pastors have a biblical worldview according to a recent survey. Let me repeat. Of 1,000 Christian pastors polled, only 37% of them (just over 1/3) had worldviews consistent with what we find in scripture. This was a thorough study from a couple months ago led by veteran researcher George Barna in conjunction with Arizona Christian University. … Read More

The Leaping Lame Man: Acts 3

How often do you feel “passed over” in life? You know the feeling, right? When others get the promotion that very well could’ve (or should’ve) been ours. When we are rejected in relationships and the person becomes friends with somebody else instead. Classmates go on to careers full of success and fame, while we are just stuck in humble circumstances. … Read More

The Birth of the Church: Acts 2:1-41

Did you know how much money is spent on birthday parties each year? Think about it- we often go all out to make our children feel special on that special day. We shell out big bucks for invitations, party decorations and favors, food, drinks, and of course cake and candles. Not to mention all the gifts involved! We try to … Read More

A Call to Purpose: Acts 1:1-11

Do you remember Blockbuster stores?  Blockbuster was a company that rented physical copies of movies- starting with VHS films back in 1985. I remember perusing the blockbuster aisles as a young kid, looking for classic world war 2 movies that I could take home and watch with my father. I’m definitely feeling the nostalgia, just thinking of what it would … Read More

Matters of the Heart: Proverbs 16:1-9

Have you ever followed your heart? If so, where did that take you? There’s so much emphasis on following our hearts today, but what does that even mean? If it means to follow your conscience- that’s pretty good advice. The LORD put in each one of us an understanding of right and wrong, and to follow your conscience, or even … Read More

How to Fool-Proof Your Life: Proverbs 9

This weekend we celebrate Mother’s Day! You still have another day or two to prepare. This is a time when we honor the women in our life- especially those who brought us into this world and raised us. In celebration of Mother’s Day this year, I am sharing a message from God’s Word that is officially Mom-Approved, called “How to … Read More

Remember Our Future: Daniel 9

If you could know the future, would you really want to? That kind of depends on whether we could change the future, right? If we could know the future, but not change it, that could be pretty discouraging. We could easily go down a road of fatalism and depression if the future was set in stone and there was nothing … Read More