This month we will be engaging once again in our recurring “GO Lift Every Church” program. I am pleased to announce that we will be working to bless the Hmong Christian & Missionary Alliance Church, located at 4040 Clark Dr., on Saturday, July 15.

However, it is not regarding that great day and all the blessings that will occur that I write this article today. Today, I write about what will happen the Saturday before that, July 8, which is the day we will engage in “GO...

In a recent message I ended by sharing three quick points:

  1. You are what you think.
  2. You will think about what you are exposed to.
  3. Therefore, expose yourself to what is pure and positive.

              As I reflect on those points I am struck by how much those truths should drive us to the Word of God. That is the source that ought to be shaping us from the inside out. However,...

Most of us want to live meaningful lives and make a difference in a positive way in our world. But we are constantly bombarded with the message of self-centeredness in our society. We hear the words, “You deserve more,” “pursue pleasure,” and “It’s all about you.”

Given this constant drumbeat of self-regard, it is tempting to be afraid to invest time and energy in service to God and others. We fear that we will miss out and that our lives will be miserable. We think, “What if I end...

One pastor recently told the story of a woman who came up to him after the church service with a basic question. “Pastor, after you announce what book of the Bible you are going to read from, what are those numbers you say?” She did not realize that the Pastor was giving a number reference that corresponded to a chapter and verse. When I heard that, I saw that it illustrates how our society has drifted away from basic biblical literacy and familiarity. The church that does not realize that...

In worship, the believer reflects back to God His worth. Worship is a response to God, and that response is an essential aspect of being a follower of Christ. There is something fundamental about acknowledging greatness together with others; it seems to be a built-in part of what it means to be human. We will share with one another great news of positive events in our lives, a great song that lifts our spirits, and we will acknowledge the presence of a great person who has achieved much....