Making Room

September 26, 2014 — Leave a comment

For the last few weeks we’ve been in a sermon series at Verge Church called “Make Room: Creating Space for God to Work.” You can check out all the sermons so far right here.

In the process of working through this series, I’ve done what I always do: Examine and apply the messages to myself/my life as we go. Continue Reading…

The Problem With What If

February 24, 2014 — Leave a comment

Playing the “What If?” game can get tricky. Primarily because we usually play it in reverse. Continue Reading…

When you’re little just about every chair you sit on is a bit tall for you so your feet dangle. I see my kids’ feet dangle at the dinner table, in their car seats, and from whatever surface they’ve perched themselves. Continue Reading…

No I don’t mean 35 mph. Although we were moving at a decent clip down the hill beside our house Monday morning. We had to get out early before the sun stripped us of our fun. Continue Reading…

Dining with Strangers

January 27, 2014 — Leave a comment

When I was young our family enjoyed the friendship of several families who welcomed us (all 8 of us) into their homes for meals and fellowship. Continue Reading…

“Slow-moving and unexciting.” That’s the definition of plodding. How could that be glamorous? I’m glad you asked…
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Verge Church > Icy Roads

December 9, 2013 — 1 Comment

When I was a kid we never missed church. One Sunday our family of 8 slid off the road into a tree trying to make it to church and left our station wagon with an improved facade. Crazy I know, but that’s just how I was raised. Well Sunday morning as I loaded up our suburban with the family and some supplies to head to our weekly gathering, I realized I had become my father. Continue Reading…

And the King will answer them, ‘Truly, I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these my brothers, you did it to me.’ (Matthew 25:40)

As we saw in my previous post, showing the love of Christ means loving all men equally. We can’t favor the wealthy and neglect the poor and claim to follow Jesus. Not possible. But there is something even greater at work here. Jesus gave us a special insight in the verse quoted above.

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No Partiality

December 2, 2013 — 2 Comments

My dear brothers and sisters,how can you claim to have faith in our glorious Lord Jesus Christ if you favor some people over others? (James 2:1 NLT)

This is a test. Is your faith real? The question asked in this verse is rhetorical. But the answer is, “Well…you can’t.” You cannot claim to be a follower/imitator of Christ and show favoritism. Much more so you cannot properly represent Christ and discriminate against anyone.

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This was originally posted November 20, 2012

True generosity is an overflow of gratitude, not excess.  Excess may give an abundance of resources for generosity, but throughout the Bible the most common examples we see of generosity are of people who gave sacrificially.

These aren’t people who were generous because they had so much, these were people who were generous because they were grateful for what little they did have. And this gratitude produces an aptitude for sacrifice that is difficult (although not impossible) for those who enjoy a surplus to experience.

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