Weekly Blog

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:...

What is your definition of VICTORY? Many people are being taught that victory is when you or I get OUR will or desires. That, my friend, is not TRUE VICTORY! Victory is when God’s plan brings Him glory. Victory is when your life and your work are given completely over to Jesus. Because when that happens, God can work miracles in and through your life! Look how Paul describes our Victory in Jesus in I Corinthians: When the perishable has been clothed with the imperishable, and the mortal with immortality, then the saying that is written will come true: “Death has been swallowed up in victory.” “Where, O death, is your victory? Where, O death, is your sting?” The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law. But thanks be to God! He gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. (1 Cor. 15:54-57) God gives us victory through Jesus. Life isn’t about us figuring it all out. Life isn’t about us trying to win. We find victory only in Jesus through God. John 11:25 says, “...

What are you “Pressing” toward today? In Philippians 3:14, the Apostle talks about pressing toward the mark or the prize. He is alluding to the white line, or mark, the runners in the Olympic games used as the finish line. In those early Olympics, same as today, the runner who crossed the line first won the prize. The prize Paul is “pressing” toward is Jesus. The word used for "press" in this verse means "strong exertion." Like a runner, Paul was physically and mentally feeling the strain of reaching for his goal. But He knew he was close. He could sense the end, and he knew he must press through the exhaustion and pain to reach his prize, the end of his race. Are you in a situation where you can see your goal, or the end of your trial, but the exhaustion and pain is creeping in and threatening to pull you off course? Now is the time for you to dig in and press on. Now is when you learn what it means to walk by faith and not by feeling. Maybe you find yourself dragging burdens, sins, or other things along. Maybe you can see the goal but forget why you...

Why is vision so important? Every year we talk about vision at Trinity. The vision for the church unites us to a common goal. Your personal vision does the same for your life. It guides you away from the past and keeps you moving toward the future God has planned for you. At one time, the people of Israel had a real problem. They had no vision for their lives—no dreams, no goals. Like us, they knew who had created them, they knew their history and they dwelled on their past, but they could not figure out where they were going. Everything in their lives was based on what they had seen and could see. The problem they faced was they did not know how to look to their future with FAITH. These people had a close relationship with God. They understood that His plan for them was great. They were His chosen people after all! Yet they still wandered around in the wilderness for forty years on a journey that should have taken about eleven days. Why? Because they had no vision. They couldn’t see beyond their past and what was happening to them right at that moment. It’s easy to judge them,...

Do you ever get stuck in the past? If we are honest with ourselves, we all do. But here’s the lesson I want to share today. God wants you to leave the past behind and press on toward the future He has waiting for you! “Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 3:13b-14 Dwelling on what has happened in the past gets you just about as far as worrying about what is going to happen tomorrow. God created this day for you. There are lessons to learn, victories to win, and steps you can be taking to get to that amazing future that waits for you. I read once that, “Today is the tomorrow you worried about yesterday!” Two things struck me when I read that statement. 1) How much energy do we waste worrying about tomorrow when we could be praising God for what He is doing RIGHT NOW? Look around you. Count your blessings, look for miracles (because if you look I guarantee you will start to see them), and give praise to God for how He is moving in your life. 2) NOTHING,...

“The Faithful love of the LORD never ends! His mercies never cease. Great is his faithfulness; his mercies begin afresh each morning” (Lam. 3:22-23). Because of Jesus’ faithful love, you are already a victor! Why? Because His sacrifice allows you to fight from a position of strength, not from a position of weakness. You fight from victory—not for victory. Your position of victory was granted to you the moment Jesus cried, “it is finished" (John 19:30). The very second you accepted Jesus, you were transformed. You stepped from the darkness of sin into the shining light of Jesus’ Kingdom. That is your victory in Jesus, and that is why we fight! According to Scripture, through Jesus we are invincible against the attacks and temptations of the enemy! As it says in 2 Corinthians 4:8-9, "We are hard pressed on every side, but not crushed; perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not abandoned; struck down, but not destroyed.” As a Follower of Jesus, your battle is already WON! I’m Positive!! Take these verses to heart this week: John 16:33 - “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” 1 Corinthians 15:57 - But thanks be to...

Have you ever let fear take control? I know I have. And I’ve seen people who are so afraid that they pass out when they get up too high or scream and jump when they see a little spider or a mouse. More seriously, I’ve seen people who are afraid to trust others, who are afraid of marriage, and who are afraid of change. Here’s what I want to tell you today: Let Go Of FEAR! You really only have two choices. You can allow fear to control you, or you can let God’s peace rule your heart and mind (Col. 3:15). Scripture is quite clear about the right choice. When reading the Bible, we see that the Lord tells His people over and over not to be afraid or discouraged. And really, when you think about it, we have Jesus on our side so what do we really have to fear? I’m not saying we aren’t going to have troubles, because we are. I’m not saying we aren’t going to face battle after battle, but that is okay because we are ready to FIGHT! And we will experience the kind of instinctive fear that is built in to warn us of...