"When he (Barnabas) came and saw the grace of God, he was glad, and he exhorted them all to remain faithful to the Lord with steadfast purpose, for he was a good man, full of the Holy Spirit and faith." Acts 11:23-24 It's been great to spend the last several weeks looking into the Word together and learning about the Holy Spirit. From setting our sights on the Holy Spirit...Keep Reading
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From sinner to child of God, from languishing to flourishing, from hopeless to inexpressible joy…that’s what God has done. Don’t miss Sunday as we consider the greatest story every told as we continue our study in Hosea. We are a child of God…he has called us all out of bondage and into the Kingdom of His beloved Son....
"To each is given the manifestation of the Spirit for the common good." 1 Corinthians 12:7 The metaphors that the scriptures give us to help us understand God's vision for the church point to His deep commitment to unity and diversity. The church referred to as a "body" points to our physical identity as a very diverse set of organs, systems and processes that nonetheless...Keep Reading
"For the Son of Man came to seek and save the lost." Luke 19:10 As you drive or walk up and down Gulf Boulevard from Clearwater down to St. Pete Beach, you periodically run across little round blue and white signs that indicate a nearby evacuation route. Sometimes the signs feature an arrow hinting at the right path, some bear the international sign that indicates a tropi...Keep Reading
""Truly, truly, I say to you, whoever believes in me will also do the works that I do; and greater works than these will he do, because I am going to my Father." John 14:12 I don't know about you, but I walked away from our time of worship this Sunday a little all-over-the-place. I found myself swiftly alternating between feelings of disappointment and the fervor of exhil...Keep Reading
"The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have life and have it abundantly." John 10:10 This past Sunday, we looked at these profound words from the Gospel of John. Just twenty-one words to be exact. And yet, there may not be twenty-one more powerful and transforming words in all of human history. In John 10:10, Jesus confronts the religiou...Keep Reading
Wednesday Reflections on Sunday's Sermon 09/13/15 "You shall love your neighbor as yourself" Matthew 22:39 The past couple of weeks, we've been talking about the Bible's call for us to live a three dimensional life: "up" by growing in our love of God, "in" by seeking to "love others" well, and "out" by bringing the good new of Jesus to those near and far who have not cho...Keep Reading
Reflections on Sunday's Sermon "For the eyes of the Lord run to and fro throughout the whole earth, to give strong support to those whose heart is blameless toward him." II Chronicles 16:9 At the beginning of Pastor Joe's sermon this past Sunday, he referenced the well-known words of II Chronicles 16. In that passage, the prophet Hanani is speaking to King Asa at a time ...Keep Reading
Reflections on Sunday's Sermon "Oh Lord, you hear the desire of the afflicted; you will strengthen their heart." Psalm 10:17 The facts we heard last Sunday about the fatherless and about those suffering under the hand of injustice in our world right now, even right here in our own country, are staggering and if we're honest - hard to even think about. Yet, we were remind...Keep Reading