Times of darkness can cause you to question a lot of things. It makes it hard to see past the struggle that you're facing. But, there is hope. There is a light that shatters the darkness. A light that gives life to all mankind: Jesus. He rolled the stone away from an empty tomb, conqureing death and the grave.
In him was life, and...
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’
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.
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
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.
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.
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...
Discovered in 1976 after 284 people died, this terrible disease has continued to emerge sporadically in places throughout Africa. However, nothing previously has even come close to the current crisis facing Western Africa. The present breakout, that is still active and in many places expanding, has infected more than 8,000 and claimed nearly 4,000 lives. This is truly a crisis that threatens the cultural fabric of the nations in which it is active. Many of these communities, even entire nations, were hanging in the balance before this outbreak
We fully believe that whatever God is going to do, He will do through His people. We, the church, are those people. If we want to see every man, woman and child have repeated opportunities to hear and see the gospel of Jesus Christ, we can't sit on the sidelines. This has to be more than just a Sunday to Sunday deal; we're called to more than...
How many times have you heard our mission statement? So many times that hopefully you can say it back without thinking - "we are on mission to ensure that every man, woman and child have repeated opportunities to hear and see the Gospel of Jesus Christ." It's not just a catch phrase - it's truly the aim of all that we do, and we're serious...
James 1:27 in its simplest form would state…care for the defenseless
I would categorize “defenseless” as those who are unable to care for themselves due to their life’s circumstances. When I really break it down, in the present state of our world, I see orphans and children in foster care as those who represent the most defenseless...
Do you remember last year at this time? 2013 for many of us is a distant and ever-fading memory especially as the light of the events of today grows stronger. Even so, I think it is worthwhile to reflect upon where the world was last year at this time for in doing so it will help us better understand today. The fact that we need only go back one year and not ten is also worth noting for us to grasp the speed and magnitude of change we are living. Things have changed dramatically and continue to do so. In terms of last year, please allow me