Authentic Faith Can’t Be Outsourced

Authentic faith is my ability for people to see a man pursuing the heart of God and in the process of my pursuit I am being transformed by it.   This transformation is not just for a Facebook and Instagram world where everything looks great.  Its in those moments where I am prone to get

Get a Real Job!

"Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men. Immediately they left their nets and followed him." - Matthew 4:19-20 I woke up this morning wondering if the apostles ever heard from their friends and families, "Get a real job!" I hear variations of that phrase more than I care to. Usually I am

Life…respond accordingly

Each day we have devotions together as staff.  We read from multiple devotionals or books.  Recently we have been reading, “Streams In The Desert” by L.B. Cowman (updated version by James Reimann). The devotion on January 1 was this: “Today we stand at the threshold of the unknown.  Before us lies a new year, and

Peace Be With You

Here are some recent headlines that tell a very powerful story about depression and stress: For 80 Years, Young Americans Have Been Getting More Anxious and Depressed, and No One Is Quite Sure Why Anxiety: the epidemic sweeping through Generation Y Teen Depression and Anxiety: What Parents Can Do There’s a Startling Increase in Major

Unconditional Love Requires More Than Words

“Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I have become sounding brass or a clanging cymbal. And though I have the gift of prophecy, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and though I have all faith, so that I could remove mountains, but have not love,

Resilient Faith

From the moment we are born to the moment we draw our last breath, we are placing our faith in someone or something. All of us are on a faith journey – and it’s not just those who have placed their faith in Christ. Resilience is often a misunderstood concept in our society.  We hear

Faith Without Works

Faith Without Works “Faith is the confidence that what we hope for will actually happen; it gives us assurance about things we cannot see.” (NLT) Hebrews 11:1 Faith is so much more than a state of mind to achieve. Our faith needs to produce something valuable or worthy; what we like to call “fruit.” And

Warning: Assumptions Ahead

We all make assumptions. A quick Google Search would tell me that an assumption is, “a thing that is accepted as true or as certain to happen, without proof.” Of course, in doing so, I assume that Google produced something accurate or true. In our fallen nature, the easiest assumption is to believe the worst. 

In Whose Best Interest

Summer Staff 2016 “Do not nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves, not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others.” (Philippians 2:3-4) One of the first things I needed to do as the new director at MBC was get

The Gritty Gospel

The Gospel. If you have been in Christian circles for any part of time the term, "gospel," is a part of our everyday lexicon as it should be since it represents the hope and distinctiveness of Christianity: the good news of Jesus death and resurrection and the hope of eternal life. There are lots of