Our Own Worst Critic

Everyday, we hear voices of confusion, condemnation and criticism. And, if we’re honest, they come mostly from ourselves. This past Sunday, we looked at the call to protect ourselves from negative voices in Colossians 2:8-19 “Don’t let anyone take you captive with philosophy…” “Don’t let anyone judge you for (how or when you worship)…” “Don’t…

Back Up & Running

We apologize for our website being down recently but grateful that it is again up, running & virus-free. I’m not exactly certain how our website was hacked but then again, I’m a computer super-user—I don’t understand programming. I am thankful for those among us that do! Our friend, Paulo, who hosts our site had his…

Protective Father

“And I will be a father to you, and you shall be sons and daughters to me, says the Lord Almighty.” [2 Corinthians 6:18] This week, there was some praise given to former MLB star Curt Shilling’s defense of his daughter’s reputation. He had posted, proudly, of her selection to a college softball team and…

Restoration is first Biblical

Though, most Christian churches would say that their ministries are Bible-based, the idea of what that means should come with some thoughtful explanation. Restoration is first of all a biblical church. This means more to us than we source the Bible for wisdom or inspiration. Our sequence for discipleship begins with Knowing God’s Story—which is…

The Role of Women in the Church

Here are notes from our recent Know It Night:   The Role of Women in the Church The purpose of Know It Night is to provide a place for open conversations about faith’s more challenging issues. Now concerning spiritual gifts, brothers, I do not want you to be uninformed. [1 Corinthians 12:1]   (Discussion:) What…

The Story ESV Bible

There’s so many consistencies with Restoration & Spread Truth ministries approaches The Story. One of the best ministries we offer to first time guests is a FREE copy of The Story ESV Bible. Learn more here: The Story ESV Bible from spreadtruth on Vimeo.

Word for Word’s Sake

Then he took the Book of the Covenant and read it in the hearing of the people. And they said, “All that the LORD has spoken we will do, and we will be obedient.” Exodus 24:7  On Good Friday, Restoration is hosting the first of what I hope will develop into something we do more…

HE IS RISEN!

HE IS RISEN INDEED! Here’s a rundown of Holy Week activities at Restoration… Good Friday: Group Reading of the Crucifixion narrative from Mark 14-15. Join in at 6pm. Good Friday Worship and Message: “The Exchange.” Starts at 7pm. Resurrection Sunday: Worship services at 9a & 10:30am BYOPicnic with Easter Egg Hunt and games for all…

There Ought To Be a Law

I track with local news in multiple cities and am often looking at the headlines.What I’ve noticed about the comments that follow tragic events is a call for more or tighter laws or stiffer penalties. There is a certain wisdom that goes along with this, and the comments emerge from people of different political opinions…

Need Each Other

I’ve been off on a family vacation for the last two weeks & am so thankful to be refreshed for the new year at Restoration. I say refreshed but rested isn’t usually a part of our family vacations. Just about every break we get in the year, we make the trek up to Michigan to…