Pastor Brian shares a message about why welcoming–a particular spirit and practice of welcoming–is at the heart being a follower of Jesus. Jesus says, “and whoever gives even a cup of cold water to one of these little ones in the name of a disciple — truly I tell you, none of these will lose […]Read more "You Are Welcome"
Give thanks in every situation…what a pie-in-the-sky thing to say. And yet Paul said this is God’s will for us in Jesus Christ (1 Thessalonians 5:18). Paul practiced what he preached, too. He practiced. Paul practiced giving thanks when he was in jail. He practiced it when people betrayed him. He practiced it in all situations. And practicing […]Read more "The Gratitude Path 2: In Every Situation"
Know-it-alls…we all know them, and we all know how they make us feel: insecure, distant, frustrated, annoyed. I (Ross) confess that I can be a know-it-all. So I was cut to the heart when I read in Proverbs 12:15, “Fools think their own way is right, but the wise listen to advice.” In fact, a […]Read more "Wisdom for All Ages 3: Created to Grow"
Sticking with family is tough sometimes. Sometimes, it’s nearly impossible. Sticking with the faith family is no different. Peter and co. felt that immediately after Jesus sent them on his mission and then left earth. They had to deal with dysfunction. They had to process Judas’s betrayal. Would they stay together and give of themselves to the […]Read more "The Difference 3"
Do you ever get nervous for characters when you’re watching a movie–even though you sort of realize the characters are fictional? Movies are especially tense when a character lives a lie, when a character lives beyond the limits of his/her true identity. God blesses us–unveils “complete joy” in our lives–when we prayerfully and intentionally live within […]Read more "limit(less) 1: the blessedness of limits"
After we get close and stay close to our neighbors, neighborhoods and cities (proximity), we have to be obedient if we are going to let others know they belong at Christ’s table. We’re going to have to be obedient if we’re going to seek the welfare of the places to which we’ve been sent (Jer. […]Read more "At the Table: Obedience"