Am I In Danger Of Complacency?

Niagara Falls is one of the most spectacular sights in the world. These waterfalls have more water flowing over them than any other around the globe. As water falls over 165 feet to the river below, it is a showing of power, beauty, and unique creation. The natural wonder draws visitors from all corners of the earth each and every year. Many of...

Reading Through The Bible

Maybe you've been there: you start on January 1st with a Bible reading plan, and you're committed to making it through the year spending daily time with God in His Word. But, along, with the rest of your resolutions, you fizzle out around February 9th and think, "I'll try again next year!" That means 10.5 months of sporadic, purposeless,...

Reflections On The Same-Sex Marriage Ruling For The People Of God

Last week, the Supreme Court of the United States ruled in a 5-4 decision that homosexuals should be afforded the right to marry one another and entitled to all of the legal protections and advantages of marriage. This is now the law of the land. For many states in our country, today looks very different for them. For others of us, like those...

Conflict Resolution

Conflict seems to be naturally occurring in our world, right? We are all drawn to it – hence the reason most stories have some form of conflict that requires resolution.

Why Serving Is Important

Serving is more than just what we do; but it's a part of who we are as Christ-followers. Here at The Chapel we know that in order to continue growing in our relationship with Christ, serving is necessary. Maybe you're great with children, maybe you're tech-savvy, or maybe you're good at connecting with people. Whatever your gift may...

FOR Leadership vs. FROM Leadership

Many of us, especially those who are new to leadership, as in leading others for the first time, might think they have arrived in terms of leadership. It is easy for us once in a place of leadership to think we are done working for the place of leadership and now it is time to work from a place of leadership.

Teach Someone to Worship

My Dad grew up catholic. His earliest memories of church growing up were getting dressed up in his Sunday best, sitting, kneeling, sitting some more and then kneeling again. My grandparents took their kids often enough for my Dad to grow up into a disciplined, admirable and honest young man. Years later, he found himself experiencing a whole new kind of church. Faced with the task of winning the affections of a young lady he admired, he once again found himself standing in a church sanctuary. As this outing was considered a ‘first date’

Perspectives . . .

Often we find ourselves involved so much in our own happenings that we forget to consider what is happening in the world in which we live. Sure, we watch the news and follow a Twitter feed but at the end of the day our gaze can become more and more short-sighted. As such, it is good from time to time to get a different perspective or at least recalibrate the one we hold.

Wisdom in Decision Making

As a follow up to my last post on Wisdom Understanding, I want to show an example of how to apply scripture to our decision-making process. If I believe God is the source of all wisdom (as James 1:5 articulates), how do I practically tap into that wisdom? In seeking God regularly for His wisdom, I typically land in the books of Proverbs or Ecclesiastes as they were specifically written to document inspired wisdom as it was revealed by God to the authors. A good example would be Proverbs 15. In this text in particular, there are some

Thanksgiving Night In Cheektowaga

At 9pm on Thanksgiving night, a group of people from The Chapel at Cheektowaga were standing in a circle, praying for those who would work the overnight shift at the Walden Galleria mall that night. Weeks before, news broke that the mall would open to shoppers on Thanksgiving at 6pm.

Intentionally Praying For The Season Ahead

The Christmas season is filled with incredible opportunity for us, both individually, and as a church. Even in today's culture, the Christmas season still pulls at the hearts of people and creates a longing, a curiosity, and a receptivity to the gospel.

Ebola Response Update

Not to us, O LORD, not to us but to your name be the glory, because of your love and faithfulness. —Psalm 115:1 Since my last blog post, much has happened to the glory of God. His people are responding in amazing ways as prompted by His Spirit to help those in Sierra Leone who are in desperate need to see His mercy, His grace, and His...