To Worship & To Encourage


Hebrews 10 reminds us that we are not to neglect meeting together as the church- the bride of Christ. It is within that body of believers that we worship God and the sacrifice of His Son- the sinless Lamb. And it is within this body of believers where we give and receive encouragement. Praising God for Sundays!

Born to Die


For this reason Jesus had to be made like his brothers in every way, in order that he might become a merciful and faithful high priest in service to God, and that he might make atonement for the sins of the people.

Hebrews 2:17

May you and your family have a Merry Christmas and a New Year dedicated to living for and serving Jesus!

The Christ Candle – Celebrating the Advent of God in the Flesh

On this Christmas Eve Day, may we focus on God’s gift to us- Jesus Christ. May you and your family have a blessed Christmas, and may the love of Jesus fill your heart throughout the new year!

John 1:1-14
The Word Became Flesh

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning.

Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made. In him was life, and that life was the light of men. The light shines in the darkness, but the darkness has not understood it.

There came a man who was sent from God; his name was John. He came as a witness to testify concerning that light, so that through him all men might believe. He himself was not the light; he came only as a witness to the light. The true light that gives light to every man was coming into the world.

He was in the world, and though the world was made through him, the world did not recognize him. He came to that which was his own, but his own did not receive him. Yet to all who received him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God— 13children born not of natural descent, nor of human decision or a husband’s will, but born of God.

The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the One and Only, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.

Celebrating Advent – The Angel’s Candle

Today we celebrate the last Sunday of Advent. This week’s candle is called the Angel Candle and it represents the love which God shared with the world when He sent His Son, Jesus!

 8 And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night. 9 An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. 10 But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people. 11 Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord. 12 This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.”

 13 Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying,

 14 “Glory to God in the highest heaven,
   and on earth peace to those on whom his favor rests.”

Luke 2:8-14

Just as the angels shared the Good News of the birth of Christ, we are also commanded to go and tell. May we spread the true Gospel through our words, actions, and attitudes, loving each other just as Christ loved us and gave himself for us!

Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. 19 Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”

Matthew 28:18-20

Worship Is

worshipnotyouIt’s Sunday. I’ve been reminded this past week of the truth stated above. Worship is NOT about me. Worship is not about

  • my likes or dislikes

  • my unfinished “to do” list that runs through my mind (oh so guilty of this one!)

  • my desire to stay in my comfy bed on a weekend morning

  • my concerns over a daunting task that awaits me later this week

  • the person sitting next to me or three rows back

Worship IS for the sole purpose of recognizing the One who deserves all my praise. He is the audience, I am not.


Sing to the LORD, all the earth; proclaim his salvation day after day.  Declare his glory among the nations, his marvelous deeds among all peoples.  For great is the LORD and most worthy of praise; he is to be feared above all gods.  For all the gods of the nations are idols, but the LORD made the heavens.  Splendor and majesty are before him; strength and joy in his dwelling place.  Ascribe to the LORD, O families of nations, ascribe to the LORD glory and strength,  ascribe to the LORD the glory due his name. Bring an offering and come before him; worship the LORD in the splendor of his holiness.  Tremble before him, all the earth! The world is firmly established; it cannot be moved.  Let the heavens rejoice, let the earth be glad; let them say among the nations, “The LORD reigns!”

1 Chronicles 16:23-31

Dear Summer,


Dear Summer,

Your warm and carefree days rolled in at the end of May, and have all too soon disappeared. But I want to thank you for allowing me the precious time with my children. We may not have traveled far, enrolled in a countless camps, or spent extra time practicing math facts. However, the kids stayed in their jammies until lunch on some days, they created some (ok- a lot of!) pretty cool Lego structures, and battled one another with Star Wars figures and ships.  We played countless games of Uno and Skip Bo, took many trips to the library, and spent time with family and friends. We are not promised tomorrow, so I am grateful that we took advantage of the yesterdays! I have no regrets from the past three months- just wonderful and treasured memories!

“Yet you do not know what tomorrow will bring. What is your life? For you are a mist that appears for a little time and then vanishes.” James 4:14

Happy 4th of July!


Have a blessed July 4th celebration! May we honor our country, and may we honor the One – Jesus- who gives us the ultimate freedom – eternal life!

“And there is salvation in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved.” Acts 4:12

The Sixth Hour


Now from the sixth hour there was darkness over all the land until the ninth hour…And when Jesus had cried out again in a loud voice, he gave up his spirit. At that moment the curtain of the temple was torn in two from top to bottom. The earth shook, the rocks split and the tombs broke open. The bodies of many holy people who had died were raised to life.

Matthew 27:45, 50-52

A Special Easter Morning


As we wake on this Resurrection morning, our family will have an added celebration on this already special day. Our six year old daughter, Anna, made the decision a couple of weeks ago to trust and follow Jesus! She chose today, Easter Sunday, to be baptized, and at 10:30 later this morning, her Daddy will be immersing her in the baptismal waters!
Her baptism isn’t a “get me into heaven” pass. There is nothing magical about this water that pours from the city pipes to ensure her salvation. Baptism is an act of obedience to our Lord, Jesus. It is a symbol and public statement declaring that she has made Jesus Lord of her life.Paul tells us this:

If you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For with the heart one believes and is justified, and with the mouth one confesses and is saved. Romans 10:9-10

Today, I will celebrate the life that my family and I have in Christ because of his death and resurrection. My prayer is that you also can rejoice in knowing that you will spend eternity with Jesus. If you don’t have the assurance, seek Him. He promises to hear us when we call out to Him, and He will forgive your sins and make you as white as snow.

Palm Sunday


Palm Sunday:

The crowds that went ahead of him and those that followed shouted,   “Hosanna to the Son of David!”   “Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord!”  “Hosanna in the highest heaven!”  Matthew 21:9

Just Days Later:

“What shall I do, then, with Jesus who is called the Messiah?” Pilate asked. They all answered, “Crucify him!” “Why? What crime has he committed?” asked Pilate. But they shouted all the louder, “Crucify him!” Matthew 71:22-23

Being a follower of Jesus is not a “one day” event. It is not dependent on how you are feeling on a particular day , or how others are influencing you (as it were the case for the crowds on that first Palm Sunday). It is a daily commitment that requires focusing on the mission that Jesus has called us to: denying ourselves, living for Him, and making disciples of all nations so He receives the glory in everything. As we start this holy week, may we meditate on the sacrifice that both God the Father and Jesus made for us 2,000 years ago.

In this is love, not that we have loved God but that he loved us and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins. 1 John 4:10