Pastor’s Blog

Christmas Comes at Just the Right Time

In C.S. Lewis beloved book, The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe, Lucy discovers a magical world after hiding in a wardrobe. This world is filled with snow, which she finds mysterious and wonderful, until she sees the puzzling weariness it has brought upon the inhabitants of the land. For Lucy, the winter wonderland seems

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How do you know if you are Christian?

The name “Christian” was first given to disciples of Jesus in the city of Antioch in the 1st Century. It was not long after many of Jesus’ followers had to flee Jerusalem because they were being persecuted for their faith. That meant sacrificing social groups they may have had, kids activities and educational opportunities, even

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Living in this Fear-Filled World

Some ideas take time to mature. Here are some of those for me. The Sovereignty of God The Power of Love Contentment There are plenty more, but these 3 have proved of great significance in the last couple of years. The Sovereignty of God. This, of course, is a doctrine we find in the Bible.

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Truth and Our Children

For the past century, since the period of the enlightenment, the world has drifted away from Truth in the public sphere. By “Truth” I mean absolute truth. Biblical truth. (That’s the only truth there is.) Lately, it seems that this drift has accelerated. At the same time, that absence has left a vacuum. As it

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Though He Slay Me…

With the coming of Covid came a new dilemma for Christians in the Western world: risk. How do I factor risk into my faith? Common sense says risk is best approached with a cost/benefit analysis. Businesses do this all the time. The insurance industry is built on such. When it comes to looking for Biblical

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Roses and Thorns

At the beginning of every year I try and give a “state of the church” letter. Like every politician I’m tempted to paint a rosy picture and pretend painful realities don’t exist. And there is some justification for painting a rosy picture, which stems from the fact that our future is rosy. We know that

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Awaken West Houston

March 2nd – 31st When the apostle Paul was preaching about Jesus in the Greek city of Corinth in the first century he faced a great degree of persecution and threats. One night in a vision the Lord said to him, Do not be afraid, but go on speaking and do not be silent, for

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Chasing Away Fear

The fear of the Lord is a fountain of life, that one may turn away from the snares of death. Proverbs 14:27 The wisdom literature in the Bible is replete with references to the fear of the Lord. Here it is the fountain of life. In other passages it is the beginning of wisdom and

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Mission or Margin?

Christmas reminds us that even before Jesus’ birth, his mission was clear. He would bring redemption to a lost world. Every aspect of Jesus’ life was built on this mission—from his birth, marked by the signs in the heavens, to his death and the darkened skies. Even at 12 years old he was about his

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Overcoming Division

One of the things the world is feeling is division. We feel the increasing pressure to divide by politics, by the pandemic and its protocals, and by a plethora of ideologies. In such a world the tension is palpable and emotionally exhausting. That’s the harsh reality in which we live. But the good news is

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