We Are Sorry: For Being Judgemental

In a recent LifeWay Research survey of young adults (aged 23 to 30), two-thirds of those surveyed said between the ages of 18 to 22, they stopped going to church for at least a year. When asked, “why?” a third of them said they felt churches were hypocritical or judgmental. Join Pastor Tim as he looks at the words of Jesus in Matthew 7:1-5 and unpacks what Jesus says about judgement, truth, and love.

We are Sorry: Saying Sorry

There is something fundamental about saying you’re sorry. We teach it to our kids from a very young age. But just like our kids, it’s easy to demand someone say sorry to you, but when we have to say sorry it’s much more difficult. We’ve all heard apologies that aren’t really apologies: “If I hurt you, I’m sorry” “I’m sorry you feel that way!” “I’m sorry you feel that way”. In fact, many of us when faced with the failings of our own past would rather ignore and avoid our past wrongdoings rather than face them and ask for forgiveness. Join Pastor Tim as he looks at 5 hangups that can keep us from apologizing.

God Helps

In a February 2000 Barna Research Group poll, 75% of Christians identified the phrase, “God helps those who help themselves” as coming from the Bible. Yet, this phrase is not found in the Bible and actually represents a very dangerous twist on the gospel message. Our temptation is to take our destiny into our own hands, to try and solve God’s problems for him. But in doing so, we are actually removing him as our Saviour. Join Pastor Tim as he looks at the story of Abraham and Sarai, as they took the promises of God into their own hands and tried to make it happen for themselves.

CONFESSION ≠ REPENTANCE

This past Sunday was the first Sunday of the Lent season, which is a time of confession and preparation for Easter. But because of our familiarity with our own legal system, I think many of us misunderstand to point and power of confession. So join me as we look at Psalm 51 and unpack what it means to truly confess and repent.

Family Service Reflection

In John 6, Jesus feeds the crowd of 5000 with a little boys lunch of five loaves of bread and two fish. Though it seemed so insignificant and insufficient, God used it in a miraculous way to feed the people. God wants to use you too. Even if you don’t think you have anything to offer, God wants to work through you to accomplish miraculous things. Join Pastor Tim for this short reflection from our special family service this past weekend.

Taste and See

In Psalm 34, David writes, “Taste and see that the Lord is good!” Maybe you’ve seen the phrase written on some art at your local Christian book store, but is it really the nice flowery statement that we have turned it into. Actually, David wrote this Psalm in a time of incredible disappointment and struggle. So join Pastor Tim as he helps us read Psalm 34 in the context it was written and allow it to speak hope into your soul.

 

Bonus Thought from Up, Out, and With

Often as a Pastor, you get off of the stage and you realize that there was something you forgot to say or something you wish you could say differently. I realized, after I finished, that I started a thought about missions trips and then never finished it. The thought was simply this: One of the reasons that missions trips are so formative in our spiritual development and usually so life-changing, is because they are intense periods of time where all three sides of the triangle are present. I am journeying with others, out into the world, and spending time connecting up with God.