Reflections

Thoughts from our pastors that will encourage, instruct, and equip you on a wide range of issues and help feed your soul.

 

Which Way am I Going?

Which Way am I Going?

My Bible reading plan has me in the book of Numbers. On Wednesday, I was in Numbers 13 and 14, the story of the spies going into the Promised Land and the rebellion of the people against God because of the negative report of ten of the spies. Amid the people plotting...

Work In Progress

Work In Progress

How has your week gone? I would love to tell you that I have had a fantastic week, but that would not be accurate. I do not mean to imply that I have had a bad week. It has been a good week, but it also has been a week that has reminded me that I am very much a work...

Lord, Never Leave Us

Lord, Never Leave Us

Last week Aaron Lincoln shared 1 Kings 8:57-58 with me. They have been rattling around in my mind ever since. Those verses read: The LORD our God be with us, as he was with our fathers. May he not leave us or forsake us, (58) that he may incline our hearts to him, to...

You Bear God’s Fingerprints

You Bear God’s Fingerprints

A Wednesday morning a podcast I listened to was addressing a recent New York Times article asking when life begins. During the discussion, Psalm 139 was referenced. specifically verses 13-16. Those verses read: For you formed my inwards parts; you knitted me together...

Fuel for You in 2023

Fuel for You in 2023

With being on the edge of one year ending and another year beginning. I have been pondering what I should invest time and effort toward in 2023. As I drove to church this morning, the words of Isaiah 40:8 seemed to offer an answer. The verse reads: The grass withers,...

Apart From Me

Apart From Me

Early this morning I was pondering some of the words of John 15:5 and how those words connected to Christmas. The verse reads: I am the vine; you are the branches. Whoever abides in me and I in him, he it is that bears much fruit, for apart from me you can do...

His Mercy

His Mercy

As we close in on Christmas and the amazingness of the coming of Jesus, I have been pondering the disposition of God in the sending of His Son. It is not exactly like the people of Israel were these incredible people who had been misplaced or forgotten. They had been...

Broken Hearts

Broken Hearts

  For a few different reasons, I have been thinking about people being brokenhearted. Even the word “brokenhearted” feels heavy and sad to me. And I think over this past year, I have probably looked into too many eyes of brokenhearted people. The fallenness of...

How can I know my Master who provides for me?

How can I know my Master who provides for me?

  I have been pondering Isaiah 1:3 for a couple of days. The verse reads: The ox knows its owner, and the donkey its master's crib, but Israel down not know, my people do not understand. The ox and the donkey are not exactly known in the Bible to be the most...

The Vine Who Gives Us Life

The Vine Who Gives Us Life

A few different things over the last few days led me to ponder the words of John 15:5. It reads: I am the vine; you are the branches. Whoever abides in me and I in him, he it is that bears much fruit, for apart from me you can do nothing. Jesus wants us to understand...

Forget What Lies Behind

Forget What Lies Behind

The words of Philippians 3:13 have been running through my mind for the last week or so. The verse reads: Brothers, I do not consider that I have made it my own. But one thing I do: Forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to what lies ahead, The specific...

Being Transformed

Being Transformed

Over the last few weeks, I have been thinking and pondering about applying the gospel in my life so that I am being transformed to become more like the Lord Jesus in my character, conduct, and convictions. The idea of applying the gospel was running through my mind as...