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Christ is First

Checklists are a wonderful thing. Whether it’s a list of things to pack for a trip, tasks that need to be completed, or places you’d like to visit, there’s just something deeply satisfying about checking stuff off the list and eventually marking the last thing off and knowing you’ve done it. I wish there was a checklist for getting into heaven. I’m not alone in this desire either. There was a rich young man in the Bible who wanted one…

Identity in Christ

I once heard a Pastor say: “You can only think as highly of yourself as the most important person in your life thinks of you.” So if that person is an abusive, controlling, mean-spirited individual who constantly puts you down, you won’t think much of yourself. But if the person is kind, loving, and encouraging, always seeing the best in you, you will probably rise to that level. It’s a challenging statement because it means that others—good or bad—determine your…

Baptism

Some of the most meaningful moments in my walk with the Lord actually revolve around others. I’ve had plenty of “mountaintop” experiences with Jesus in my own life. Many of my most significant spiritual experiences revolve around worship with God’s people. My favorite concerts are the ones that actually become worship opportunities. David Crowder, Chris Tomlin, Matt Maher and Christy Nockels are all recent examples for me. We gathered to hear music from some of my favorite musicians, but ended…

A Personal God

Everyone is seeking God—some just don’t know it. God created you (and everyone else!) with an innate desire to know Him. You were created in His image, and therefore are seeking a relationship with Him on some level. Many people understand this and earnestly seek Him. Others are searching for something and can’t quite explain who or what that is. But on some level, everyone is seeking a relationship with God because that’s just how He made them. Unfortunately, Satan…

Where is God When I am Anxious?

Addison, our oldest child, is starting Kindergarten this year. She’s so excited, but her mom and dad are more of a mix between excited and anxious. Until now, her only school experience has been First Trinity’s Preschool. The school was only 2 houses down the street from where we lived, and about 50 steps from my office. But now, it’s off to a much bigger school across town. We need to drive there and drop our little girl off for…

Is Christianity Dead in America?

One of the things I love about baptisms at First Trinity is when Sue speaks to the child directly. She lights the baptismal candle from the altar, walks over to the baby, and proclaims Scripture to the child: In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven. Matthew 5:16 Just like that baby, God is calling you to let your light…

The Lord’s Supper

Several years ago now, our family largely gave up eating out. We did it because we were trying to be financially responsible, but there was a huge health benefit as well. Rather than eating from various fast food or dine-in restaurants, we would cook more meals at home and pack lunches for work. At first, it was quite a challenge as my body adjusted to the new diet. Not only did I eventually get used to eating healthier food, but…

Weird Animals VBS Reunion

Editor’s Note: We have received a guest post from Dr. Paws, World-Renowned Weird Animal Specialist. He’s very excited to be back for the Vacation Bible School Reunion this weekend it seems. Welcome back VBS’ers! I heard you were coming back to the Weird Animals VBS reunion, so I just knew I had to make plans to attend as well! Pookie—my half-Tarantula, half-Wildebeest—is doing well in her new home by the penguins. I’ve been busy since the Vacation Bible School ended.…

Why Did God Give Us Free Will?

Two roads diverged in a wood, and I— I took the one less traveled by, And that has made all the difference. So ends the poem The Road Not Taken by Robert Frost. The author was faced with two divergent paths and forced to make a choice. It’s well known and quoted, probably because we can all relate. We regularly face similar decisions where we must choose one thing or another. Knowing the final outcome of your choice can make…

How Do I Get to Heaven?

It took us a long time to figure out how to manage the resources that God had given to us in a God-pleasing way. For years, we spent more than we earned, living on credit, and going farther and farther into debt. After much hard work and sacrifice, we were able to turn things around and are much better at managing our finances. One common regret I have is this: “If only I had known what I know now when…