Restoring Discipleship

When I first considered preaching through Genesis, I recognized that many Christians have established a disconnect between the Old and New Testaments, so I had to be intentional in showing the unity of God’s plan from “the beginning.” Throughout the series, I have been reminding us that Genesis was written and given to Israel by … [Read more…]

Restored for Future Freedom

On September 12, 1777, the day after General Washington’s defeat at the Battle of Brandywine, Thomas Paine wrote in his pamphlet series The American Crisis, “Those who expect to reap the blessings of freedom, must, like men, undergo the fatigues of supporting it.” Paine wrote to encourage Americans that, despite the previous day’s defeat, their … [Read more…]

Restoration Through Sacrifice

The Declaration of Independence states, “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.” With that foundational perspective, the Founding Fathers of our nation continued to enumerate the grievances … [Read more…]

Restoring Leadership

I started the new year writing about how God continues to restore us within the church with the help of our leaders, noting my new, additional role as an elder within this body. Having served as an elder for only four months, I am noticing a few things about myself and about leadership that I … [Read more…]

Restored by the Holy Spirit

There has been a lot of talk lately about the Holy Spirit and God’s working among people in a very public way. Unfortunately, it seems that many people, even many Christians, view the Holy Spirit only from a perspective that expects dramatic or even miraculous work or actions, thinking that if there is no work … [Read more…]

Leading to Restoration

As I wrote last month, my theme for preaching and teaching through 2023 is “restoration in Christ,” understanding that the gospel is good news for both those who do not know Jesus, as well as those who do. We most often think of restoration in Christ in the context of restoring sinners to God through … [Read more…]

Restoring New Life

Throughout 2022 I have been preaching and teaching about the new life that Jesus came to bring – what it looks like, how we can find it and receive it from God through our faith in Jesus, and how we can live out that new life in our day-to-day lives. For many people, hearing about … [Read more…]

Unexpected Life

Traditions are comfortable, and many of us find great comfort in our traditions surrounding Christmas. My mother had a pattern of preparing for and celebrating Christmas, so we could expect several things to happen every year. My mother began Christmas shopping at the end of September. Right before Thanksgiving, Mom began baking and filled several … [Read more…]

Life of Grace

The Thanksgiving holiday and season is a great opportunity for the church. Many people, whether they have faith or not, are prompted to be grateful for those things we might take for granted, like daily food, a place to live, the freedoms of our country, and so on. In Ecclesiastes 3:12, 13, Solomon reminds us … [Read more…]