Church Blog (Page 3)

Church Blog (Page 3)

April 18, 2019

Dear Friends, We all saw the images on Monday, and couldn’t believe what we were seeing. Millions of people from all over the world have traveled to France to see Notre-Dame de Paris, the cathedral that is both an artistic and engineering marvel.  It took 100 years to complete the structure.  The famous oak roof was constructed from 52 acres of forest, using carved beams that were bigger and stronger than the forest trees that exist today. As the fire burned on…

April 11, 2019

Dear Friends, I have more questions about prayer than answers. Prayer is a mysterious phenomenon. It is an act of faith, crying out to an unseen God who promised to hear and to answer. It is an enigma, making requests of and seeking to influence a God who is sovereign and who has ordained whatsoever comes to pass according to the counsel of His own perfect will. It is a practice that does not come naturally, so that we must…

April 4, 2019

Dear Friends, Last Saturday, I had the chance to become reacquainted with old friends I hadn’t thought much about for more than half a century. Wilbur and Charlotte. If the names Wilbur and Charlotte don’t immediately ring a bell for you, you should stop reading this immediately and head straight to your local library or to Amazon and obtain a copy of the best selling children’s paperback of all time. With 45 million copies in print in 23 languages, it…

March 28, 2019

Dear Friends, I find myself wondering from time to time if our new church property doesn’t need a churchyard.  That’s a word we don’t use much anymore.  But google it and you’ll learn that in parts of western Europe centuries ago it was common for churches to have a patch of land adjoining or surrounding a local church that was used as a graveyard or a burial place for church members. I know that putting tombstones next to your parking lot or adjoining…

March 21, 2019

Dear Friends, Just about all of us have known people during our lifetimes who at some point made a profession of faith in Jesus, only to have that faith fade over the years.  It’s not uncommon.  In fact, it’s one of the reasons some people believe a Christian can lose his salvation.  It’s not because scripture leads people to that conclusion.  In fact, the opposite is true.  Scripture teaches clearly that nothing can separate a true child of God from the…

March 14, 2019

Dear Friends, So Sunday, after church, after our all-church lunch and the town hall meeting, I decided my day of rest needed to include some time over at 10 Fitness. Yes, I do go to the gym. Ask Ben Friesen. He can vouch for me. I was still thinking about the “three open prayer” that we talked about on Sunday. Do you remember it? Ron Hutchcraft had shared it with me, and it’s based on Colossians 4:3–4 which reads “Pray…

March 7, 2019

Dear Friends, It’s become common in recent years for people to find an alternate way to describe themselves as Christians. It’s because calling yourself a Christian in our day doesn’t fully communicate what it is we’re trying to say. A lot of people who describe themselves as a Christian are saying they grew up going to a Protestant or a Roman Catholic church. What they’re saying when they call themselves a Christian, most often, is that they believe there is…

February 28, 2019

Dear Friends, From as early as I can remember, I loved pop music.  I started taking ukulele lessons at age eight because my hand wasn’t big enough for a guitar.  I spent most of the 1960’s with a transistor radio next to my ear.  Think about teens and smart phones in our day and you have some idea of what my portable radio was to me. Most of the songs we were listening to in the early ‘60’s were songs about girlfriends…

February 21, 2019

Dear Friends, In the winter of 1679, the colonial settlements in New England were facing difficult days.  This was almost six decades after the Pilgrims had landed on what would become the Massachusetts coastline and had established the Plymouth Colony.  The American Revolution was 100 years into the future.  That winter, the settlers were facing outbreaks of disease and significant crop failures.  And they found themselves wondering aloud if the hardships they were experiencing were a result of Divine judgment (This was…

February 14, 2019

Dear Friends, First things first. Please pray tonight for Tom and Nancy Arnold. Tom went to the hospital today with chest pains. The doctors have found significant blockage in his heart and have scheduled him for open heart surgery this week. Please pray for Tom. And for Nancy. And whole family. Right now, they are requesting no visitors and asking that any communication be funneled through Zoe and Grant. You pray. We’ll keep you posted. I reached out to them…

February 7, 2019

Dear Friends, First things first. Please pray tonight for Tom and Nancy Arnold. Tom went to the hospital today with chest pains. The doctors have found significant blockage in his heart and have scheduled him for open heart surgery this week. Please pray for Tom. And for Nancy. And whole family. Right now, they are requesting no visitors and asking that any communication be funneled through Zoe and Grant. You pray. We’ll keep you posted. I reached out to them…

January 31, 2019

Dear Friends, We’re going to make this really easy this week. I have something I want you to practice saying out loud. At least three times. Maybe 10 times. Ready? Here we go. No. Did you say it? Out loud? How many times? Did you flinch when you said it? I received some great counsel last week on saying no. It came from John Majors and a blog post he wrote at the site where he and Julie both write…

January 24, 2019

Dear Friends, Sports teams have mascots.  Three thousand years ago, nations had mascots too.  They called them gods.  And each nation had a partisan loyalty to their particular deity. The Canaanites had Baal and Asherah.  The Philistines had Dagon, the fish god.  The Babylonians had Marduk, while the Ammonites worshipped Molech.  The Israelites had Yahweh.  And when their neighbors would ask “what is your god the god of?” they would respond with the bold declaration that their God is the One who made…

January 17, 2019

Dear Friends, Have you ever stopped to think about the opening line to the best selling book of all time? “In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth.” We’re so familiar with the words that we can easily forget all that is wrapped up in that statement. The first thing we read in the Bible about God is that He created everything that is. Everything from rocks to raccoons. From trees to tarantulas. Hydrangeas, hippos and humans. Everything…

January 10, 2019

Dear Friends, 2019 is more than a week old.  That means you’ve had plenty of opportunity to fail at some of the resolutions you made not that long ago. The impulse we feel for making resolutions is often a good impulse.  It’s a desire for some kind of personal improvement.  There are habits we want to break.  Or character qualities we want to cultivate.  New disciplines.  There are things we know we need to put off.  And things we know we need to…

January 3, 2019

Dear Friends, Tim Keller (or more likely, someone who manages social media for Tim Keller) posted a prayer on Twitter this week that brought to mind a pretty basic truth about the issues and challenges we face in life.  Here’s the prayer: Lord, I worry because I forget your wisdom. I resent because I forget your mercy. I covet because I forget your beauty. I sin because I forget your holiness. I fear because I forget your sovereignty. You always remember me. Help me to remember you. Amen. Let me chew…

December 27, 2018

Dear Friends, It’s the season of making resolutions.  A season of pausing, looking back and giving thanks for any spiritual progress we have made in the past 12 months.  A season for looking forward and asking God to show us how we can most effectively serve Him and advance the work of His kingdom in the next 12 months.  This can be a season of melancholy for some, especially if the past year has been marked by more setbacks than victories.  We’re…

December 19, 2018

Dear Friends, Last Christmas, in the waning days of Advent, as we waited to celebrate the birth of the Holy Child, these two little ones arrived much earlier than expected: As a church, we prayed and hoped and wept together, asking God to protect the lives of these two.  And now, almost a year later, Violet and Beckett’s mom is reflecting on the past 12 months.  She asked if I would pass this note on to everyone. Hello RCC family,I talked Bob…

December 13, 2018

Dear Friends, Last week I had a chance to speak to a group of remarkable young people and their families. I was in San Antonio for the final day of competition between participants in the National Bible Bee. I spent most of the day listening to teens and pre teens reciting large chunks of scripture, word perfect. At the end of the day, I watched as a young woman received an award of $50,000 and an additional $60,000 college scholarship…

December 6, 2018

Dear Friends, I know Christmas isn’t here yet. But I’m already starting to think about 2019. And I’m thinking about 200 short conversations I want each one of us to have in the new year. That’s about four short conversations every week. Four weekly conversations I’ll be prodding you to have with your children or with your spouse or with a good friend. 200 short conversations that I believe can radically impact every aspect of your life in the coming…