Why do they keep coming back?

Every week I am amazed that teenagers choose to spend their Thursday night at a church. With all the distractions they have, literally, at their fingertips, 60-80 high school students stop what they are doing, and come to youth group to hang out, play some games, sing some worship songs, and hear a message. If […]

Sermon Sunday: Hang Ten

I never made the connection between the ten commandments and surfing. I never even considered it a possibility until a few days ago when I was sitting in Walt’s office and he was telling me what he was going to discuss in church today. If the ocean is God’s creation, meaning everything, and the waves […]

That Jesus. What a trip!

Matthew 14:24-31 24 Meanwhile, the disciples were in trouble far away from land, for a strong wind had risen, and they were fighting heavy waves. 25 About three o’clock in the morning Jesus came toward them, walking on the water. 26 When the disciples saw him walking on the water, they were terrified. In their […]

Random Proverbs 8

I asked my son tonight to give me a number between 1 and 31. I figured it was about as random as me just tapping at a chapter on my phone. I’m not sure he understood my questions completely. He might have thought I was asking for a number that was either 1 or 31. […]

Surrender to Sanity

There is a song I like right now, that I know I have mentioned here before, called White Flag. The chorus says this: We raise our white flag, We surrender all to you, all for you. We raise our white flag, the war is over. Love has come, Your love has won. It’s an awesome […]

The Need for Workers

The passage below is from my daily (semi-daily) reading. I am going back through the gospels again. My wife is also reading through the gospels and journaling her thoughts. Yeah…we just started recently. Matthew 9:35-38 (NLT) The Need for Workers 35 Jesus traveled through all the towns and villages of that area, teaching in the […]

Random Proverbs 6

The more I read Proverbs, the more I am convinced that Biz Stone and Evan Williams did not invent twitter. Sure, they gave it a names and confined it to 140 characters, but the idea was invented thousands of years ago. These simple phrases of wisdom can be read over and over during different points […]

Sermon Sunday: Keep Your Fork!

You remember when you were little and you would go to your grandparents’ house for Thanksgiving, or Christmas, or maybe just a family gathering? And remember when you would finish your dinner; when you had scattered your vegetables enough to make it look like you ate them, and you had talked your way out of […]

Life is good. Pass the bread.

I’m working on a thought and I figured here was the best place to try to understand it better. As I was sitting in church yesterday listening to Walt talk about Supper’s Ready, I came across the scripture below from John 6. John 6:48-57 (NLT) “I tell you the truth, anyone who believes has eternal […]

Sermon Sunday: Supper’s Ready!

Continuing in our K.I.S.S. (Keeping it Short & Simple) series today Walter covered Supper’s Ready, which if you couldn’t tell from the title, was a talk on the eucharist. He summarized (short & simple) the last few weeks this way: In Jesus, God announces and demonstrates God’s unconditional, sacrificial Love for us. In Jesus, God […]