• Encountering Jesus: The Good Shepherd and His Sheep

    I’m guessing at some point in your life you have been lost. Maybe, you’ve lost your bearings in a new community and gotten turned around. Maybe, found yourself in nature wondering where exactly you parked the car. Maybe you’ve been to Ikea, which in my opinion, ensures you will get...

  • Encountering Jesus: True Sight

    Have you ever had the experience where you know you can see, but you’re clearly missing something? Maybe you’re looking at an optical illusion, maybe you’re looking at a where’s Waldo but he’s nowhere to be found. Whatever it is, you are physically capable of seeing, but you’re aware that...

  • Diverging Ways: The Righteous vs. The Wicked

    Psalm 1 As we reflect on 2019, and set goals or resolutions for 2020, it is important for us to evaluate which way we are currently headed, and which way we desire to go. This week, Psalm 1 showed us that there are really only two ways: 1) The way...

  • Encountering Jesus: “I AM” Part 1 & 2

    Over these past two weeks, we have been walking through this tense exchange that takes place between Jesus and the religious leaders. In John 8, Jesus is making decisive declarations about Himself while issuing forth a judgment on the people. Over the course of this discourse, Jesus is making clear...

  • Encountering Jesus: The True Judge

    As Jesus returns to the temple, He continues His teaching. He is interrupted by the religious leaders bringing a woman who was caught in adultery. She is nothing more than a pretext to accuse Jesus of something more serious. But what Jesus does in this account is show us that:...

  • Encountering Jesus: Provision and Division

    We all know what it is to be thirsty. We have all been in that place where our mouth is dry; we are parched and longing for water. In John 7, Jesus speaks to the ways that He is God’s provision of living water for us. It’s here that we...

  • Encountering Jesus: The Bread of Life

    We’ve all experienced it at some point: hunger. Just thinking about it may cause your stomach to rumble or cause you to realize it’s been longer than you’d like since you last ate anything. Whether it’s true of you now or just recalling the last time it happened, when you’re...

  • True Sabbath Rest

    This past Sunday we deviated away from John’s gospel to take an extended look at the concept of Sabbath. We are an exhausted people who ironically are fighting and rejecting the offer of God’s rest in Sabbath. But what we saw in Hebrews 4, is that the Sabbath reminds us...

  • Encountering Jesus: The Drama of Deity

    It was a blessing to be able to worship and study God’s Word with you all this past Sunday.  As we continued through the book of John, this week we found ourselves in John 5.  As we studied such an important passage, my prayer is that we clearly saw that:...

  • Encountering Jesus: Close Encounters

    John Chapter 4 We encounter Jesus so that we might become worshipers, and that we might help others do the same. If you have ever watched farm machinery at work, you are aware of how complex the harvesting process really is. In John chapter 4, Jesus is teaching his disciples...