The Dash!

When you read the title of this month’s message, what came to mind? The word dash can define many different things, from a splash (dash) of water, to a small amount of an added ingredient for a recipe, to a footrace usually shorter than a quarter-mile. However, I have a word of wonderful encouragement contained in the word dash that comes under a totally different heading. A dash of… Picture a tombstone and you will see two dates separated by a hyphen (dash) in the middle. The first date on the left is the date of birth. The second date […]

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On Your Mark…Get Set…GROW!

(Scroll down to leave a comment on how you grow in Christ.) You stand at the threshold of yet another brand New Year. Have you considered what you would like it to look like by the time you come to the end of it, if God is pleased to give to you 365 more days of life? Have you spent any time considering what God would have you do in 2016 with all He has given you to do it with? To be sure, last year has run its course and a brand new year is calling you forward. So, […]

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Oh Come Let Us Adore Him

(Scroll down to leave a comment on how you adore Baby Jesus) Truly it is the most wonderful time of the year when we fix our focus on celebrating Christmas and the coming of our Savior as a baby born in a manger. The season leading up to Christmas Day is called Advent. The Latin word adventus means “coming” or “visit,” and that is exactly what our Lord Jesus Christ did. He came into this world on a voluntary visit to conquer both sin and death so that we might have eternal life. This baby was born to die. Now […]

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Under Control, Stand Strong

  When you read the title of this month’s message of encouragement, what came to mind? Did you think this would be a message about you having the circumstances of your life “under control” so you could “stand strong”? If so, you’re right, but perhaps not in the way you might think I have intended.   Whose control? What I want you to consider today is this: whose control are you under in order to stand strong in the face of the challenges of daily living? “Do not let sin control your mortal body so that you obey its evil […]

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We Will Never Forget

  Today marks the 14th anniversary of the event Americans refer to simply as “9/11,” a day and date that has been stamped into our national consciousness. The cry of America is, “We will never forget!” For many reasons this is a date Kim and I will never forget. I’d like to share our story in a way that I hope will encourage you today. Just like you, we will never forget watching those two jetliners flying into the Twin Towers. We will never forget the pictures of the first responders arriving at the scene to help the victims. I […]

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Best Rest

  In a world where tired is the best word to describe our condition, we need to look to the Scriptures for insight into tapping into God’s inexhaustible grace for an exhausted world. “I wait quietly before God, for my victory comes from him” (Psalm 62:1). “Let all that I am wait quietly before God, for my hope is in him” (Psalm 62:5). How to best rest Think for a moment about all the ways you seek to find rest for your weary soul. To be sure, sleep is the most obvious way to find rest when we are tired. […]

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Supernatural Strength Is Not Just For Superheroes Like The Avengers

A few weeks ago, Katie, Tank and I went to the opening night of the “Avengers: Age of Ultron,” at the movie theater. Now I don’t like to go opening night because of the crowds, but Tank spends much of his play time with the Avengers action figures, so I let them both talk me into it. We had a blast watching these superheroes with their supernatural strength fighting against evil and winning the day. When the movie ended, Tank said, “Papi, I will always remember we went to see the Avengers on opening night!” Well, that certainly made it […]

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We Never Outgrow The Gospel

As a pastor of a church plant, I am often asked how we gear our church services; are we aiming at the unbeliever or the believer? In other words, what people are asking me is whether I focus on saving the unbeliever or strengthening the believer. My answer is always the same: “Yes!” Because every worship service is geared toward sinners, the preaching of the gospel is intended to reach both the unbelieving sinner and the believing sinner. Both groups are in constant need of God’s grace: the grace of rescue, the grace of revival, the grace of reconciliation and […]

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Daniel’s Delight

In reading through the book Daniel, it never ceases to amaze me just how easy it would have been for Daniel to stay out of the lion’s den without ever neglecting his duty and his devotion to his God. The jealousy of Daniel’s rivals in the Babylonian government drove them to set a trap by getting the king to issue an edict that anyone who prayed to any god or man (other than the king himself) would be thrown into the lions’ den. Daniel was well aware of the plot his rivals had hatched against him; he could have continued […]

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The Prophecy, The Palm and The Prince

This month I would like to sharpen our focus on three things as it relates to Easter season: The Prophecy, The Palm and The Prince! “The next day the great crowd that had come from the Feast heard that Jesus was on his way to Jerusalem. They took palm branches and went out to meet him, shouting, ‘Hosanna! Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord! Blessed is the King of Israel!’ Jesus found a young donkey and sat upon it, as it is written, ‘do not be afraid, O Daughter of Zion; see, your king is […]

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