Heading North

“Without understanding grace, we’ll exhaust ourselves trying to be better…” Tuesday, our Men’s Group (do they need a name?) Skyped with Gary Heim—coauthor of “True North”—the subject was Chapter 6, growing in grace. True North is a resource that wants to help us to reframe our response to frustrations. Why? Because when you experience frustrations;…

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…

True North (Men’s Live It)

Jesus said, “In this world you will have trouble” (John 16:33). Cranky kids, wounding words, the loss of a job, a broken body, a painful marriage—”trouble” comes in all shapes and sizes. The Bible calls it groaning. While everyone has trouble in life, not everyone has learned how to respond to it well. That is,…

The Path Less Traveled

There have been 4 significant times in my life when I’ve really enjoyed biking… And this is one of them. I recently picked up a new bike which has been a lot of fun. Normally, I’m a tennis player, but my passion for biking has surged again. The first time was when I was 12. I…

Share It Tree

Tell them to use their money to do good. They should be rich in good works and generous to those in need, always being ready to share with others. [1 Timothy 6:18 NLT] As we move into the Holy-Days, we want worship our Lord and give Him the gift of our joyous service to people…

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…

Abound in Hope

My first career was in broadcast news, where I served a creative services producer. My core task to was help present and promote the news to be as compelling as possible. I was responsible to “make” as many people as I could feel like they must watch the news.  So I’m well aware of the ins…