Weekly Blog

November is one of my favorite months. It’s not that I’m not thankful the rest of the year, but there is something about being surrounded by an attitude of thanksgiving that makes me want to shout my blessings from the roof. I love reading all of the daily posts of thankfulness on social media, and hearing from friends and relatives what they are especially thankful for that day. The attitude of thankfulness is contagious! One of the things I am most thankful for is that my dad and mom taught me about thankfulness and stewardship when I was a child. What does one have to do with the other? God blesses me and provides for me. For this I am eternally thankful. As part of that blessing and provision, He gives me resources that I am called to steward. Stewardship should be a central part of our lives. Each of us are called to steward our finances, our time, our families, and we are to be good stewards of our environment. That stewardship not only opens us up to more blessings from the Lord, it also opens our lives up so we can be conduits of blessing. When we are good stewards,...

Love is not just a theory. It’s not just something we feel, or something we say to other people. Love is action. 1 John 3:18 says, “let us not love with words or speech but with actions and in truth.” 1 Corinthians 13 shows us the importance of love in our lives. “If I speak in the tongues of men or of angels, but do not have love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal” (vs. 1). Your words may be full of wisdom, spoken righteously, and meant to bless others, but if you don’t speak with love they are nothing but noise. “If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing” (vs. 2). Prophecy is a powerful gift from God. Faith, likewise, is one of the most powerful forces discussed in God’s Word. But even with both of those, without love “I am nothing.” “If I give all I possess to the poor and give over my body to hardship that I may boast, but do not have love, I gain nothing” (vs 3). God calls us to give freely, but...

Did you know we are called to both TITHE and GIVE? What’s the difference you ask? Tithing is an act of obedience, mandated in Scripture. Tithing is giving a portion of everything you have back to God. The act of tithing reminds us that God is our provider and that He has called us to support His works. Giving, on the other hand, is an act of the HEART. In Exodus 25:2, God told Moses: “Tell the Israelites to bring me an offering. You are to receive the offering for me from everyone whose heart prompts them to give.” When we are prompted by the Holy Spirit, we are called to open our hearts and give freely. Here is what Scripture says about GIVING: “Each of you should give what you have decided in your heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.” (2 Cor. 9-7) “A gift opens the way and ushers the giver into the presence of the great.” (Prov. 18:16) “But who am I, and who are my people, that we should be able to give as generously as this? Everything comes from you, and we have given you only what comes from your...

Do you feel overwhelmed by stress and pressure? Stress is nothing new for Followers of Jesus. Scripture is full of encouragement for those who are dealing with the trials and tribulations life brings. And that encouragement is always based on faith. I want to share with you today a few lessons about dealing with stress that we can learn from just one of those encouraging verses. “For this reason, brothers and sisters, during all our distress and suffering we have been comforted and greatly encouraged about you because of your faith [your unwavering trust in God—placing yourselves completely in His loving hands]” (1 Thess. 3:7, AMP). Recognize your stress, don’t ignore it! “during all of our distress and suffering” Stress has a way of sneaking up on us, and by then it is already overwhelming. When you examine your life and acknowledge what is causing your stress, you can deal with it before it takes over. Keep Psalm 119:143 at the front of your mind as you face your stressors. “As pressure and stress bear down on me, I find joy in your commands.” You will be comforted. “we have been comforted and greatly encouraged” You are not alone. No matter how hopeless your situation may seem in...

Do you ever have one of those days when you just feel like a failure? You lose your temper with your kids. You said something nasty when someone took “your” parking space. A loved one is dealing with a critical illness and it seems like you can't do anything to help. Maybe you lost it for a minute when your boss wanted you to completely redo the project you had spent hours perfecting. It happens to all of us. Life gets a little too hard, too overwhelming, and just too much. There are days when all we can do is sit down, have a good cry, and then look at everything with fresh eyes. I want to encourage you today to not give up or give in when the going gets tough. God never promises that life will be easy, but He does tell us that He has “plans to give you a future and a hope …” (Jer. 29.11). It’s okay to go to your quiet place and have a good cry. Clear out the frustration, the anger, and the pain so you can start to move forward again. Because God has a PLAN FOR YOU! Verses to help you let...

Here is thought that I want you to carry with you this week: God’s House is not a PLACE TO GO … it is a BODY to which WE BELONG! We, together, form the house of God. We meet in a building each week and worship Him, but the people who are in that building form the house, the BODY to which WE BELONG. As a Family here at Trinity, we come together to build, strengthen, and grow the church because we have A Heart For His House. We do this with ATTITUDE, with a GOAL, and with PASSION! Our ATTITUDE: An Honest Love “They did not require an accounting from those to whom they gave the money to pay the workers, because they acted with complete honesty” (2 Kings 12:15). This is a recounting of the story of King Joash and his desire to repair the Temple of the Lord. The men receiving the money to do the repairs were not required to account for the money they received, because they acted with COMPLETE HONESTY. Here is a little history for this verse. Joash was only seven years old when he began to reign in Judah. His father, Ahaziah, was wicked, as was...

Have you found your purpose in life? Our desire to find our place or purpose in this life has led to a multi-million dollar marketplace. We can buy books, fill out online surveys and tests to discover our talents, find our “true personality” through quizzes in magazines, take classes on goal setting and defining mission, attend seminars, or work with a life coach. All of us want to know why God put us on this earth. We are on a crusade to understand the meaning of our existence. Do you want to know a secret? We work too hard at it. The answer is so simple, in fact, that most people never find it, even though Jesus has already given us the answer! Jesus wanted His disciples to understand their purpose. He wanted them to have no doubts about what He required of them. In John 15:4 He told them to, “Remain in Me.” Some versions of the Bible translate it as “Abide in Me.” This may be one of the most profound and beautiful commands in Scripture. In one phrase He takes away all of the noise and complexity of life. Our purpose is to exist in HIM. Our meaning in life should...

When you hear the word FREEDOM, what does it mean to you? It might mean freedom FROM something: substance abuse, illness, debt, incarceration, or toxic relationships. It might mean the freedom to DO something: practice your faith, walk down the street without fear, spend time with your kids, or express yourself. Every single one of those things is important, but freedom, TRUE freedom, is so much more. And it is important for us Followers of Jesus to remember that our freedom wasn’t free. The entire Gospel shows us how we can have TRUE freedom. When Jesus was just starting His ministry, He quoted Isaiah’s prophecy that He had been sent to “proclaim freedom for the prisoners and recovery of sight for the blind, to set the oppressed free” (Luke 4:18). In that moment, He made it perfectly clear that our freedom exists because of our relationship with Him. Even more, He says it is available only to those who “hold to my teaching, you are really my disciples. Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free” (John 8:31-32). You might think that freedom means the ability to do whatever you want. Jesus, through His Word, teaches us that TRUE freedom begins with a loving,...

Jesus has washed you CLEAN! This statement is true of every Follower of Jesus. We are clean because of our relationship with Him, because we have accepted Him as the leader of our lives. This is a lesson the leaders of the Early Church struggled with. At the time Jesus was born, there was a definite divide between God’s people—the people of Israel—and the Gentiles. God’s people followed a strict set of laws and purification rites to ensure they maintained a level of purity acceptable to God. Their laws covered everything from what they ate to when they washed and what they wore. As the Gentiles did not follow these laws, they were considered unclean. Contact with a Gentile in certain situations, such as taking a meal with them, meant the Jewish person was by association unclean and had to be purified through sacrifice before entering the Temple, the House of God, once again. Jesus changed all of that. He was the ultimate sacrifice, and through Him any person who accepted his Salvation became clean and pure enough to stand in His presence. After Jesus death and resurrection, some of the disciples who ministered to the Gentiles taught them and had meals...

This weekend we celebrate 20 years of ministry with you, our wonderful Trinity family. Around this time during each of those 20 years, I have shared my vision for the church with you. Vision is essential to a church. It is dynamic and changes with the needs the church serves. This means the vision must be renewed and adjusted to remain relevant to what the community needs. The concept of vision is not something I’ve created. In fact it can be found throughout Scripture: God shares His vision for Abraham in Genesis 12:1–3 (the Abrahamic covenant). God communicates His vision for His people through Moses in Exodus 3:7–8 and Deuteronomy 8:7–10. The "joy" Jesus looks forward to while enduring the cross is the vision of His return to His Father’s side in heaven (Heb. 12:2).   The vision I share this Sunday is OUR vision. It is what our church, Trinity Church, will work to accomplish in the coming years. We need each other if we are going to create significant change for Jesus! Our shared vision helps us create energy! In Nehemiah's day the people had no vision. Jerusalem was in ruins, and not a single person was doing anything about it (Neh. 1:...