The God Whose Grace Is Overwhelmingly Greater

Adoption is popular among Conservative, Reformed individuals and churches, and rightly so. The need is great, and Scripture is clear that as Christians we should be involved in some way in the care for marginalized people in our community:  orphans, widows, and strangers. These three groups are linked throughout Scripture (Exodus 22; Deuteronomy 10, 14, 16, 24, 26, 27; Job …

Fostering from a Mother’s Persective

Becoming a foster parent for me was probably like becoming a birth parent, minus the labor pains. We also had to take some classes about the legalities and some of the vagaries of fostering. When they put Michael into my arms, all I could do was marvel at that beautiful 2 week old baby. Then I got some major fears. …

Fostering for Hope

On November 2nd we will turn our attention to the most vulnerable persons in the world; the orphan. Our focus this year for Orphan Sunday is “Fostering for Hope.” Probably better stated as fostering hope. Given the ups and downs, ins and outs that children experience in the foster care system believers have a fantastic opportunity to provide hope. On …

Family Night

Eph. 2:19 says, “So then you are no longer strangers and aliens, but you are fellow citizens with the saints and members of the household of God.” The NLT version says it this way, “So now you Gentiles are no longer strangers and foreigners. You are citizens along with all of God’s holy people. You are members of God’s family.” …

That You May Believe

This fall at GLC we will be working through the opening chapters of John’s Gospel as we begin a sermon series entitled “That You May Believe.”  This phrase is taken from John 20:31, which is essentially John’s purpose statement for his Gospel: “These are written so that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and …

Ask the Pastors

Why is Jesus called the Son of Man?  What kept Moses out of the Promised Land?  What does the Bible say about seemingly random events? And what is the role of the Holy Spirit today?  Have you ever asked yourself questions like these? Although the central message of the Bible is clear, there are also some things in the Scripture …

Church Matters

It is estimated that only about 18% of Americans regularly attend church. What is more is this percentage has been decreasing for decades. If the present trend continues only about 11% of US residents will be in a church service on any given Sunday in the year 2050 (7 Startling Facts: An Up Close Look at Church Attendance in America). …

Static and Spread of the Gospel

Far and away the most viewed sporting event in the United States is NFL’s Super Bowl.  In fact, it has virtually become an American tradition for people to throw Super Bowl parties where there friends and families get together to watch the event and cheer on their favorite team.  Imagine that next year our very own Chicago Bears made it …

The Daunting Book of Leviticus

As you may be aware over the next several weeks, I am going to be preaching through a series on the book of Leviticus.  Now if you have been around the biblical block a few times, you know that Leviticus is not the easiest part of the Bible to read.  In fact, it may be the toughest.  With all its …

We Cannot Change Our DNA

Our congregation passed the name change and as of August 24th, 2014 our church will be known as Gospel Life Church. I love our church. I have always loved it since God brought me here over eight years ago. Not everything has always been easy, but few things worth giving your life to ever are easy. Yet I am glad …