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:...