How do you feel when you fail?

It’s a fair question in light of the fact that I was unable to give the third point of my four point sermon on Sunday. The answer is … lousy. It was not like I hadn’t studied and it was not like I hadn’t a third point. I did have a third point … it just wasn’t on my iPad …

Who Needs Me Anyway?

Those who are suffering need the church, not just a pastor. James 5:13-14 affirms that it is sometimes a benefit to have pastors during times of suffering, but have you considered the numerous passages that affirm the sufferer may need you? Let me share a few. 1 Corinthians 12:26 – “If one member suffers, all suffer together; if one member is honored, all rejoice together.” …

Letter from Pastor Bryan

Dear Church, Thank you for your vote in confirming God’s calling on me to preach his Word to you. I have to praise the Holy Spirit for the peace that I have felt in my heart over the past few weeks regarding this vote. It is so refreshing to rest in the providential working of God through his church. The …

There’s a Wait? Um … No Thank You.

Waiting without frustration takes … patience. Such a wonderful and dreadful virtue. Dinner is warm and ready on the table and you’re waiting for your spouse to get home. Ugh, it’s going to get cold. The car is running and ready to go and you’re waiting for the other passenger to get in. Ugh, you’re going to be late. You’re …

Want to Make a Trade?

My kids like a thing called Pokemon, a card game that you not only play, but also collect and trade cards. I’m a gamer so I think it is pretty cool too. Every once in a while you can find me playing a round with my kids. At different functions you might see kids (including mine) checking out each other’s …

How Do I Want To Get Old?

Getting old is unavoidable. As much as we wished it was otherwise we will continue to get older. Aging humanity has an affinity with the notion of halting this progress. Ponce de Leon searched for the fountain of youth. J. M. Barrie created a place where Peter Pan could stay a boy. Alphaville cooed about being Forever Young. And a …

Community Involvement

We have a great opportunity to connect with our community this summer by volunteering at events held in downtown Joliet. This is a clear way our church can Give Out the Gospel. By being involved in our community, we are able to serve the community as representatives of Christ and build relationships that will lead to gospel opportunities. The coordinator …

Resolutions

Truth is meant to be more than informational, it is meant to be transformational. Our recent study of Christology and Pneumatology entitled, The Son and The Spirit, was no exception. The purpose of the class was to present you with God’s truth on Christ’s atoning work and the Holy Spirit’s Indwelling work, so that your mind might know it, your …

ad·vent (part two)

We hope you enjoyed Part 1 of our 2-part series on how you might prepare yourself and/or your family for Advent. In last week’s post, Pastor Ryan shared several ways in which he and his family draw their attention to Christ during the holiday season. This week, we’ll hear some ideas from the Heller family. Some of these ideas may …

ad·vent

Advent: the arrival of a notable person, thing, or event. To followers of Christ, there is no one more notable, nor is there any arrival that is more significant, than His. In preparation for the season in which we celebrate our Savior’s humble entrance into this world in an animal’s feeding trough, we thought it would be helpful to share …