• Contend.

    Deprecans supercertari semel traditae sanctis fidei. Do you know what these words mean? Above is the crest for our newly-formed Northwest Institute of Christian Studies. At the top of the crest is the Latin phrase, which is the motto of the school. Interestingly, we were challenged to these very words...

  • Let the Mountains Sing for Joy

    In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. Genesis 1:1 Let the rivers clap their hands, Let the mountains sing together for joy Before the Lord, for He is coming to judge the earth; He will judge the world with righteousness And the peoples with equity. Psalm 98:8-9...

  • Prayer in the Park

    “Throughout Scripture, in the life of every saint, of God’s own Son, throughout the history of God’s Church, God is, first of all, a prayer-hearing God.” —Andrew Murray, The Ministry of Intercession If we learned anything from this year’s Church in the Park, it’s that we have a prayer-hearing God,...

  • Having Eyes to See

    Every Sunday I stand before you and see your faces for 40 minutes or more. I see a lot; body language that is sometimes open and sometimes closed. I see facial expressions which reveal a great deal. Some I can read like a book. Others are harder to decipher. There...

  • Pray Or Pay

    I was pulling into a parking lot this morning when an older woman in front of me started backing up. I honked to let her know I was directly behind her.  A few minutes later she was behind me, and graciously apologized for nearly backing into me. She told me...

  • Staying Alert to Subtle Schemes

    Several weeks ago, Tara Orchard wrote about discouragement as an often-overlooked scheme of the enemy. Discouragement can arrive at any time and paralyze our faith. It often comes out of nowhere and catches us off guard. But there are other schemes that can ensnare us if we are not on...

  • Thanks, Mom

    This day, like so many others in Iraq, was depressing. May 1, 2003 -- I was in the desert with an invading force of Marines. As chaplain of 1,800 people, it was my job to meet spiritual needs. Being in an isolated area, our communication was limited. The only contact with...

  • I Was Duped!

    This post is a follow-up message from Pastor Ben's sermon entitled "Battle-Ready". [Watch video] For years, I believed that Jesus died on the cross. But I also believed that if I was a good boy I’d make it to heaven. If I wasn’t, well then. I believed a distorted gospel. At...

  • An Overlooked Scheme of the Enemy: Discouragement

    This post is a response to Pastor Ben's sermon entitled "Drawing the Battle Lines". [Watch video] Our Life Group was discussing some of the schemes the enemy uses in our personal lives. As I listened to the group conversation, there was one thought that was headlining in my mind. It was discouragement....

  • Where Do We Go From Here?

    Our efforts as a church to create an “Easter Advent” paid off. Since Easter is the most important holiday for Christians, we devoted four weeks of preparation in order to give Easter its due, but also to focus on outreach. After all, the reason Jesus came and saved us was so...