Naming What Needs To Be Renewed 

The renewal of all things is good news to the barren. This news is what causes a weary world to rejoice. But here is what I want you to consider today, you won’t feel the fullness of that joy until you take the time to name the things in your life that are painful, barren and broken. So today is an invitation to reflect on the things in your life that Jesus will renew when he comes again. … More Naming What Needs To Be Renewed 

A Time of Renewal

The great promise held out in Jesus’ second coming is that Jesus returns to make all things new. He comes to reverse sickness and death. He comes to defeat evil and banish darkness. He comes to usher in a new creation that sorrow cannot enter. He comes to wipe away tears and end loneliness, for God himself will be with us as our God.  … More A Time of Renewal

Advent and Hell

Advent and Hell And when the thousand years are ended, Satan will be released from his prison and will come out to deceive the nations that are at the four corners of the earth, Gog and Magog, to gather them for battle; their number is like the sand of the sea. And they marched up … More Advent and Hell

The Refiner’s Fire

I wonder if you, like me, have grown weary of patterns in your own life. As I have grown older, I have recognized that there are certain impulses and tendencies in my personality that I have worked very hard to overcome, but they are still there, causing me – and others – no end of trouble. I am looking forward to passing through the refiner’s fire. I am so joyful to know that those traits will be judged and gone forever. … More The Refiner’s Fire

A Time of Judgment

This week we come to the Advent theme of judgment. This theme of Jesus’ second coming makes many of us uneasy. Often, we struggle to embrace the reality that Jesus is a God of both love and justice. So, it has become popular to skip over the Biblical passages that highlight Jesus’ coming judgment. Yet Jesus spoke often about hell, judgment and God’s wrath, so wisdom would suggest that we listen. … More A Time of Judgment

More Room at the Table

Today we are going to prepare to celebrate Jesus’ second coming by remembering that Jesus is an expansive Savior. His arms are open to all kinds of people. At the wedding feast of the Lamb there will be people from every tribe, nation, background, and race. There will be prodigals and prostitutes. Saints and sinners. People we like and people we are convinced won’t be there. … More More Room at the Table