A Silent God

A Silent God  O God, do not keep silence; do not hold your peace or be still, O God! –Psalm 83:1 I grew up in church, attending nearly every Sunday with my family. It was an expectation that I accepted, although church was never particularly meaningful to me. I assumed God’s presence and goodness, although … Continue reading A Silent God

Finding Grace in an Imperfect World

Finding Grace in an Imperfect World Let us therefore approach the throne of grace with boldness, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need. –Hebrews 4:16 “We live in an imperfect world. Movies, television shows, and novels inspire high expectations for life, but reality seldom flows like a … Continue reading Finding Grace in an Imperfect World

Christian Values: Service

Christian Values: Service Render service with enthusiasm, as to the Lord and not to men and women, knowing that  whatever good we do, we will receive the same again from the Lord, whether we are slaves or free.  -- Ephesians 6:7-8 You're gonna have to serve somebody, It may be the devil or it may … Continue reading Christian Values: Service

Christian Values

Christian Values For learning about wisdom and instruction, for understanding words of insight, for gaining instruction in wise dealing, righteousness, justice, and equity; to teach shrewdness to the simple, knowledge and prudence to the young – let the wise also hear and gain in learning, and the discerning acquire skill, to understand a proverb and … Continue reading Christian Values

Won’t You be My Neighbor?

Won’t You be My Neighbor? You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind, and with all your strength. The second (command) is this: You shall love your neighbor as yourself. There is no other commandment greater than these. Mark 12:30-31  Love isn’t … Continue reading Won’t You be My Neighbor?

Obedient Service

Obedient Service Do you not know that if you present yourselves to anyone as obedient slaves, you are slaves of the one whom you obey, either of sin, which leads to death, or of obedience, which leads to righteousness? Romans 6:16 Faith without works is not faith at all, but a simple lack of obedience … Continue reading Obedient Service

A New Body

A New Body While they were talking about this, Jesus himself stood among them and said to them, “Peace be with you.” They were startled and terrified, and thought that they were seeing a ghost. He said to them, “Why are you frightened, and why do doubts arise in your hearts? Look at my hands … Continue reading A New Body

Imminent Death

Imminent Death Then he withdrew from them about a stone’s throw, knelt down, and prayed, “Father, if you are willing, remove this cup from me; yet, not my will but yours be done.” In his anguish he prayed more earnestly, and his sweat became like great drops of blood falling down on the ground. Luke … Continue reading Imminent Death

Committed Love

Committed Love This is my commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you. No one has greater love than this, to lay down one’s life for one’s friends. John 15:12-13 There is a popular fable about a chicken and a pig. It goes like this:  A chicken wants to open a restaurant … Continue reading Committed Love

Life Note

A Street Prophet Listen, my beloved brothers and sisters. Has not God chosen the poor in the world to be rich in faith and to be heirs of the kingdom that he has promised to those who love him? James 2:5 The main campus of our church is in the heart of downtown Lawrence, Kansas. … Continue reading Life Note