My six visits to a courtroom – Our Identity: In God, Part 3

I have been inside a courtroom for official court proceedings six times in my life.  The first time was my fault.  I was 17, very guilty, and scared to death.  I’m not going into the whole story today. If you want to learn more, I’ve written about it here. The summary is that I wasContinue reading “My six visits to a courtroom – Our Identity: In God, Part 3”

Does God require faith that is 100% without doubt?

Faith Church. That’s the name of our church. Back in 1968, when they got this church started, why would people choose to name a new church, Faith Church? I wonder what they were thinking. What is faith?  Most often we think faith is belief. And for good reason. Faith does mean belief.  It means that inContinue reading “Does God require faith that is 100% without doubt?”

How to become more gracious

Have you ever had an encounter with someone who was less than gracious?  Have you been accused?  Confronted? Or maybe you’re in the store, waiting in line at checkout, and right in front of you is a family with young children.  Just then one of the kids start freaking out because the parent won’t letContinue reading “How to become more gracious”

God wants to adopt you

I have been inside a courtroom for actual proceedings five times in my life.  The first time was my fault, and it was scary. The second time was a school field trip, and it was a relief…it wasn’t about me this time!  Those last three times? Well, they have been astoundingly beautiful. In each ofContinue reading “God wants to adopt you”

The one word that will help you step off the hamster wheel of not feeling good enough

Have you ever felt like you are not good enough?  Maybe you’ve wondered if God is disappointed with you?  Are you tired of your failures?  Do you feel like you are on a hamster wheel, struggling to make progress in life, stop a bad habit, become more whole and healthy, be more consistent, stop aContinue reading “The one word that will help you step off the hamster wheel of not feeling good enough”

How the Winnebago can teach us something important about grace

Yesterday I introduced the new sermon series I’m giving at Faith Church this October. We’re pausing the Deuteronomy series in order to make way for the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation.  Each week this month we’ll be looking at one of the Five Solas of the Reformation.  This week we start with Sola Gratia,Continue reading “How the Winnebago can teach us something important about grace”