This past Sunday, we had the privilege of holding the vote of affirmation for our Lay-Pastors. I was very pleased to see how our church family overwhelmingly supported all of these men; a majority of them even received a near perfect percentage of votes. Being part of a congregational church and having this privilege to take part in such matters of governance and polity is both a beautiful gift and a sacred responsibility. God has shown us, particularly through the book of Acts, that every member in each local, autonomous church bears the weight of following Scripture and the Holy Spirit as we affirm leaders, grant and (more…)
Prayer is, without question, one of the central graces of the Christian life. It is a God-given avenue for us to communicate and commune with God in a manner that transcends any other relationship we could ever experience. It is truly an awesome gift from our Father. Yet it is a gift that so many of us fail to rightly enjoy. It is a gift that goes largely underutilized in our day-to-day lives.
There are many reasons for our failures in prayer which I set forth in my sermon Sunday. We think we don’t know how to pray or that we’re not good at it. We let worldly concerns and pursuits choke out the vitality (more…)
It is always exciting to welcome a new pastor to a church. Especially when so many aspects of ministry tend to get put on hold while new leadership is sought out. But then the day comes when you get to meet the person who is going to be your new spiritual shepherd – you get excited about building a new relationship (more…)