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God’s Love – Advent – December 5th

Psalm 21, Isaiah 24:1-16, 1 Thessalonians 4:1-12   The word love has lost some of its meaning in our culture. In the same sentence, someone could say, “I love my car,” and “I love my wife.” We even use the word love to describe how we feel about inanimate...

IMAGINE – Advent – December 4th

Isaiah 11.1-10; Psalm 72.1-7, 18-19; Romans 15.4-13; Matthew 3.1-12 Today, we begin the second great theme of Advent – Peace. The Isaiah passage reflects the peace that resides and rests within the Triune God – Father, Son, and Spirit. Most of us cannot imagine...

Prepare the way for the LORD – Advent – December 3rd

I remember feeling overwhelmed just days after my oldest child was born as I asked myself, “How can I raise a child in today’s world with so many bad things happening?”  With unlimited access to the headlines via 24-hour news stations, the internet, and social media,...

Hope in the Holiness – Advent – December 2nd

Blessed be his glorious name forever; may the whole earth be filled with his glory! Amen and Amen! Psalm 72:19   My 8-year-old son loves outer space.  Anything celestial is his “cup of tea.”  The hours spent peering into his telescope are proof of that.  The...

Hope for the Hopeless – Advent – December 1st

      Psalm 72.1-7, 16-19; Isaiah 4.2-6; Acts 1.12-17, 21-26   Psalm 72 is attributed to Solomon.  Existentially, Solomon knew Yahweh to be the God of righteousness, sound judgments, and justice (Ps. 72.1-3). Solomon knew these alone rested with and came from...

Light in the Darkness – Advent – November 30th

Readings:  Psalm 124; Isaiah 54:1-10; Matthew 24:23-35   Sometimes life feels like a flood that sweeps over us, or we feel swallowed alive by the darkness, trapped in its belly to be slowly devoured.  We look for hope in many places: an escape rope...

Hope in the Favor of God – Advent – November 29th

“Surely, Lord, you bless the righteous; you surround them with your favor as with a shield.”  Psalm 5:12   A dog hears his master rise from his easy chair and head toward the kitchen. Stomach growling, the dog sits at attention by his bowl, fully...

White as Snow – Advent – November 28th

It’s funny how years start so full of promise and hope, with resolutions and lofty ideas of how we can do better this time around. We even make promises to ourselves (and to God) that we will pray more, read our Bibles, volunteer at church. Each resolution a like a...

The First Sunday of Advent – November 27th

The First Sunday of Advent Hope From the Revised Common Lectionary, Scriptures Isaiah 2.1-5, Psalm 122, Romans 13.11-14, and Matthew 24.36-44     Hope is the first of the great themes of Advent. I think humanity is conditioned to hope. I think hope is placed...

I Know Your Struggles and I feel Your Pain – Judy Mensch

I know your struggles and I feel your pain - Judy MenschEmpathy is a lost art. Not that I really think it’s an art but it is something that is certainly becoming lost in Western Culture. We live an “I deserve the best” kind of world: a philosophy that threatens the...

How Many Bridges? – Chris Green

How Many Bridges? - Chris Green I was a foreigner in a foreign city but somehow I found myself sitting across the table from the mayor. On one side was a spokesman for the Moroccan mosque and on the other was the pastor of the liberal Protestant church. It was the...

The Real Battle – Dusty Small

The Real Battle is Internal not External - Dusty Small    Currently we are witnessing an enormous amount of social and civil unrest in our nation. Political differences have created a chasm between people; daily racial tensions are elevating; and major...

The Halfway Point: Mentoring A Fatherless Generation – Steve Mingey

It is one of the highlights of my week. Every Tuesday morning, I make my way over to the Palate Coffee Brewery. No matter how crazy life is, the meeting has become engrained into my routine. I look forward to the good coffee. Even more, the conversation I have with...

Transformation Through Academics – Brendon Norton

Transformation Through Academics - Brendon Norton I remember when I was at Northpoint, every so often a well-meaning pastor or student would remind me not to lose my spiritual fervor in the midst of studying and doing "academic" things. It was always a statement that...

Are Christians Entitled To A Victory? – Kristen LaValley

Are Christians Entitled To A Victory? - Kristen LaValley   I woke up one night in a cold sweat, heart racing, full panic attack. I’d been having severe panic attacks for a few months, but experiencing them in my sleep was a brand new thing. I sprinted to the...

A Word on Insecurity & Comparison – Taylor VanWagner

A Word on Insecurity & Comparison - Taylor VanWagner (Current Student)   Insecurity mixed with comparing myself to others has been one of the hardest things the Holy Spirit has been revealing to me this year. It truly boils down to not seeing the...

Friends Who Wound – Kayla Yadao

Friends Who Wound – Kayla Yadao (alumna)   If you've ever been in relationship (friendship, romantic, familial, etc.) for an extended period of time, chances are you already know that people hurt each other. It's been said that the people we love the most will...

Reading for Retention – Dr. Dan Crabtree

Reading for Retention - Dr. Dan Crabtree   “Why can’t I remember more of what I’ve read?” That wishful thought has crossed the mind of more than one frustrated reader. Why is it that we don’t retain more of what we read? What can we do about it? Here are a few...