Giving God First Place, For Real

The theme for 2017, Giving God First Place, is a wonderful concept. I think each of us would sincerely say it is our desire, yet some point each one of us must make a choice regarding our time and treasures. The reality is, such action is counter-cultural and therefore quite difficult. The difficulty is not just found in moving against …

Advent Resources

Have you considered how you will celebrate Advent this year? Whether you answer yes or no, let me encourage you two read these two articles on the significance of Advent. Warning: Christmas Is Coming Seven Reasons to Celebrate Advent Here are a few resources to consider using during Advent season: To use with the whole family: The Village Church Advent …

Purposefully Intergenerational

Our Wednesday evening study of the New City Catechism is purposefully intergenerational. The following is taken from the introduction of an intergenerational study by Children Desiring God and explains the benefits of intergenerational studies. The term “intergenerational teaching” can conjure up all kinds of meanings-and all kinds of misunderstandings. Intergenerational teaching does not mean “dumbing down material so children can …

PRC Fundraising Banquet

The Will County Pregnancy Resource Center in Joliet is hosting their annual Life Banquet on Thursday, October 19, from 7:00-9:00pm at the Bolingbrook Country Club. This is a good opportunity to support an organization that is committed to saving the lives of unborn children by promoting life-affirming options, ministering to those who have been wounded by the trauma of abortion, and sharing the …

The Christian’s Response to Hate

Every ethnicity and every culture has an issue with hate. This hate runs deep, as deep as the radical corruption of sin that courses through each human being. We see the first example of hatred soon after the fall of humanity into sin. Cain was angry and took out his anger by killing his brother Abel in Genesis 4. Since that day …

Pastoral Vacation

I want to thank my church for the opportunity they provide for me to take a generous amount of time away from most of my pastoral responsibilities. It is a great blessing to me and to my family. My wife and children have often made sacrifices of my time and attention and this is an opportunity for me to give …

Easter Everyday

It should go without saying that every Christian would live each day in light of the resurrection. In a sense, Christians cannot help it. The life Jesus has won for us, through his death and resurrection, has been gifted to us. We live with resurrection power each day. By grace alone we awake each morning to a renewed and regenerated life. …

Sunday and the Sabbath Rest

This week I was reading a post on Ligonier, The Sabbath Day Brings Real Rest and Refreshment, that said: We who trust in Jesus … find rest for our souls Sunday by Sunday This got me thinking. The idea that Sundays are likened to the Sabbath rest may be easy for some people to understand, but as a pastor it can …

Proclaiming the Gospel to Our Culture

I am struck by the importance of our role in proclamation as I have worked through the preaching series on the ordinances of the church. God has designed it so that his people are the witnesses meant to proclaim his great and marvelous grace to the world. We can easily miss out on our role, especially in areas that are …

New City Catechism Study

Our next study in community groups on Wednesday nights at 6:30pm is the New City Catechism. If you’re unfamiliar with it you can pick up a copy at church or follow the link on our website: glcjoliet.org. My hope is that every member of GLC will embrace and participate in our efforts to learn the New City Catechism. I know …