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Jesus & the City

Last week Christy and I celebrated 15 years of marriage by traveling to New York. We spent the week walking around the city and enjoying the sites, sounds, and beauty of Spring in one of America’s largest and most diverse cities. If you have ever watched a romantic comedy or action thriller, most likely many of the scenes were filmed at locations in New York. It is fun to walk and take pictures in spots where some of your favorite movie moments have occurred. Central Park was especially beautiful this time of year and was probably my favorite part of the trip, especially when you’ve juxtaposed...


How will we know?

There are churches all over the place with preachers who claim to be speaking the truth according to God. On the internet we’ll see video after video of men and women who offer moving and heartfelt sermons that make us feel great about who we are and how we should go about our lives. Books abound—written by Christian authors—telling us the way to live and hear God’s voice or how to know His will for our lives. There are pastors so concerned about filling seats they will offer lighter preaching or even biblically incompatible preaching to make people comfortable so they can hear the gospel. On...


To Choose or Not to Choose

The subject of predestination is often a hot button topic in the church. It is considered to be a theological debate best reserved for those who enjoy engaging in that kind of thought and leave the rest of normals alone. However, Jesus talks quite a bit about the Fathers choosing who is his and who is not. Rather than just ignore this concept we are going look at the words of Jesus in John 6:41-48. Throughout all of John, Jesus is using the imagery of bread to get across the necessity of His character and Lordship. I have been saying this extensively over the series in...


God is Speaking…Can you Hear Him?

Many people, both believers, and unbelievers of Jesus have stated, “if only God would speak clearly to me, my faith would be unshakable or my belief solidified.” This is a common thought because we long for empirical physical proof that we may place our trust and validation in something more than a feeling or hunch. This, of course, begs the question, “how do I know God is speaking to me?” This is precisely what we will be looking at this week in our Sunday sermon. In John 5, Jesus heals a paralytic man and is questioned by the religious leaders about the authority to do this...


Well, there you go

Brian “Head” Welch is a former member of the band Korn who found salvation in Christ after battling heavy drug and alcohol addiction. As he tells it, his realtor came to him one day with a verse from Matthew’s gospel which was the catalyst for unbelievable change in Brian’s life. For me, the most compelling part of this story is that his realtor was acting on a prompting from God to share this verse—something that was out of his comfort zone! You see, the realtor was risking the loss of a very wealthy and famous client if his evangelizing was seen as offensive or was mistaken...


Come Expecting

When I was living in Massachusetts I attended an Assembly of God church and met a lot of people who are still friends to this day. While there I attended the college group they had as that was the stage of life I was in. On a particular night, I was listening to the young adult’s pastor preaching and he said something that was so profound that I wrote it in the front of my Bible and it reminds me every time I attend a church service or conference or spend time alone with the word to, “Come Prepared.” Come expecting to hear the Lord speak...


The King Has Come

***URGENT*** Well, the ladies are preparing to head up the mountain and leave many of the LifePoint men all alone. This is the most horrifying weekend of the whole year and if any of you men need some pre-retreat prayer and support I suggest you come tonight to the men’s group at 7pm in the main sanctuary, and if you need to feed your kids over the three day weekend you may bring them to the men’s breakfast at 7am. Finally, I am calling you men out to not stay at home, rather get yourself up throw a hat on your daughters and come to church...


Guilty Until Proven Innocent

The American legal system has a very important principle that just about everyone has heard before, “you are innocent until proven guilty.” It is called the presumption of innocence. The reason this is so important is it protects the individual from unjust convictions or punishment. In John 3 Jesus takes another approach, “guilty, until you receive my innocence.” That’s right, every single person ever born stands guilty before an almighty God. This is due to what we call the sin nature. Everything in this world has a nature, purpose. A giraffe does what is according to its nature, a lion eats a zebra because it is...


Trust Me

When we ask somebody to, trust us, we are telling them, I am worthy of your trust. Secondly, we are asking them to believe in our character and integrity. Third, we asking them to have faith in us to carry out that which we require their trust. When you think about it, those two words are a pretty powerful request. I think we throw around the word love more than we do trust. Even though you cannot have love without trust…or can you? According to John 2:23-25 Jesus trusted nobody, yet, He loved the whole world and each human in it, so much that he died...


Wine & Blood

It is difficult, no, nearly impossible to sit down and watch the evening news and leave with overflowing joy in your heart. The evening news is especially full of stories depicting mankind’s brokenness and the destruction of natural disasters, sickness, and pandemics, economic meltdowns, and celebrity crisis. Occasionally they like to throw in a “feel good” piece to help the watcher not leave completely depressed. So where do we go to receive joy then? If you are a parent you find joy in watching your children grow, mature and learn new things, no matter their age, you find joy in your hobbies, vacations, relationships, and adventures....