Prays Together: ‘Fast’ Food

By Ron Hull  Not everyone in the Christian community practices the spiritual discipline of fasting, but it has a long history in Jewish and Christian tradition. Fasting has about 78 references in [...]

Creed Screed: Jesus Is God

By Paul Leavens I once received a telephone call from a young, enthusiastic Christian. “Quick, I need some verses of Scripture that prove Jesus is God,” he said in a hushed tone. I assured him [...]

Prays Together: Smog Check and Coffee

By Ben Hayes It was just a regular Tuesday morning as three of my friends and I sat around the table in the busy little coffee shop sipping coffees, sharing stories, and watching the countless [...]

Jesus Endured Physical Abuse

By Paul Leavens Can you think of anyone who was treated more harshly than Jesus Christ? Consider the physical abuse Jesus suffered on our behalf. When arrested, he was bound by the soldiers. [...]

Prays Together: Valley of Potential

By Michael Guzman I’ve been digging into local history lately. That research overflowed into a sermon series I just finished preaching. (You can watch them at [...]

Is There Time for Anger?

By Paul Leavens Jesus was furious at the greedy merchants in the temple. They had exploited the poor by charging exorbitant prices for sacrificial animals. They had taken advantage of people’s [...]

Love in the Right Order

By David Ward Miller Ever since C.S. Lewis wrote his insightful best-selling book on The Four Loves, a lot of ink and breath has been invested in the four Greek words for love. In my study and [...]

Creed Screed: Jesus Loved the Children

By Paul Leavens One of my favorite paintings of Christ pictures a little boy with his arms around Jesus’ neck, his tiny face cuddled up to the cheek of Jesus. The youngster has a contented smile [...]