Held Together series overview

 “And he is before all things, and in him all things hold together.” - Colossians 1:17 From a cosmic perspective the daily reality of our world is illogical. The default mindset for human beings is to deny or disregard God’s contribution to the universe, namely that He is its Creator. He came first, before anything that can be seen and all those things that cannot. By His word light, space, time, stars, planets, air, plants, animals, beauty, joy, people, everything came to exist. Read more [...]

How Do I Grow

As we traveled to Missouri this past weekend to see my nephew get married we saw a lot of farmland. Some of the soil was ready for planting, but much of it wasn’t. I wondered why. You can’t get a harvest unless you first prepare the soil, then plant, then cultivate, then at the right time the harvest is ready. As the law of gravity is immutable, so is the law of seed and harvest. In the beginning, on the third day of creation, the Lord God put this law into motion. “And God said, “Let Read more [...]

What Do You Look Like

James 1:17-25 17 Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shadow due to change. 18 Of his own will he brought us forth by the word of truth, that we should be a kind of firstfruits of his creatures. 19 Know this, my beloved brothers: let every person be quick to hear, slow to speak, slow to anger; 20 for the anger of man does not produce the righteousness of God. 21 Therefore put away all filthiness Read more [...]

What Is Our Mission?

When you ask people what is the mission of the church, you get lots of different answers from church people. Mission impossible it seems in church-land is to be united around a common mission. Over the past couple of years our church has renewed our understanding of our mission. We have worked to for clarity. What is our mission? To connect people to Jesus and help God change their lives. This statement comes is directly influenced by Jesus’ last words to the disciples. “Jesus came and said Read more [...]

What Is My Purpose

I came across a blog entry this week that gives a four step process to finding your purpose in life. The author says that is takes about 20 minutes to accomplish. Its method was basically to clear away the clutter of thoughts in your brain until you found the thing that resonated deeply. This approach did not consult any outside sources for help. It just asks you to look within yourself. Although this approach may be helpful to some people, it has a fundamental flaw. Let me illustrate it with this Read more [...]