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  • Over the past few weeks, my toddler son and I have had the opportunity to extend our vacation and visit with my mother who lives in Southern California.  As I prepare for the voyage back to Charlotte, I’ve taken some moments to reflect on the original hopes I had for this extended visit and the reality of how everything actually went. In this reflecting, I am able to see the Lord gently teaching, reminding, and extending his wonderful grace to me in spite of my blinders.


  • It’s funny how much the idea of home can change throughout our lives. For a long time, “home” for me was my hometown where I grew up in New York. Then my college town became a new home, then a small town in Alabama, and now Charlotte, North Carolina. These days, I find myself longing to be back in my hometown, to something familiar or picturing a time when we will be “settled.” However, I also know that when I do get a chance to go back to my hometown, that feeling of home only lasts so long, and feeling settled doesn’t quench the longing; it just makes it quieter. Quite simply, I’m homesick.


  • Happy Father’s Day to all the dads and soon-to-be dads! In roughly 6 weeks’ time (if everything goes as planned), my wife and I will be parents to a little baby boy. As such, it is very fitting that I write a blog post right around Father’s Day.


  • Snapchat. Facebook. Instagram. Twitter. Snap it, or it didn’t happen. Post it, or no one will know about it, right?

     

    In today’s world, we don’t want to miss out on what’s happening, and it’s easy to want to share all the fun we’re having. Sometimes we look at what other people are doing or posting and may ask, “Why isn’t my life as cool as theirs?” We wake up every day hoping someone will text us asking, “Want to do something today?” and end up hoping we don’t miss out on something others are enjoying. This is FOMO - the anxiety-ridden, stress-causing acronym otherwise known as the “Fear of Missing Out.”


  • Peter does not outline a list of qualifications, such as, “if you have time” or “when it’s convenient for you.” Christians must seek to serve God, to be like Christ, at any time, even when it is inconvenient.,,


  • Whether you are living in the light of Jesus, or stumbling through the dark, God welcomes you to come to know Him more. We shouldn't be timid about coming to Jesus, but confident, because he has already completed what we need for true life.


  • If you have been a Christian for a while, you probably know what the Bible says about most major topics. If you are like me, you don’t struggle to know the principles of the Bible; you struggle to put those principles into practice. Paul describes this as a war between knowing what is right but doing what is wrong...


  • Last Sunday, Pastor Shawn shared the good news that when we start with the holiness of God, our eyes see rightly, our hearts trust purely, and our relationships flourish...


  • In an age of distraction, I find it increasingly difficult to spend quality time with Jesus. My environment needs to be set just right and my morning routine exact in order to build in time for Jesus. Well, only after I make my coffee, check my email, Twitter, etc., then read a book, do I feel able to give some time to Jesus, but this is not right. We, as Christians, should strive to have Jesus present in our hearts and mind at all times...


  • We are very excited to jump into the New Testament book 1 John Sunday in a series titled “For the Love of God.”

     

    It’s a book written by one of the older Christians, John, who had left Jerusalem under persecution, and continued his ministry in the city of Ephesus (modern day Turkey). He’s writing with a very simple and direct message to receive the truth, live the truth, and believe the truth. He emphasizes the three main points three times with a few digressions, but all in all has an overwhelming love for God and a love for the church.

    We're hoping this book will keep us focused on the most important things this summer: loving God and loving our neighbors.