Year: 2022
Believe

Believe

Faith is far more than a feeling. Just because we don’t feel the presence of God doesn’t mean He isn’t there. We are often misled by our emotions, feelings, and circumstances. But choosing to believe in the power and presence of God is a choice. We must make that...

LifePoint Kids – August 14

LifePoint Kids – August 14

God made us to take care of eachother. As we travel back to the creation narrative in Genesis 1-2, we read how God created the world . . . and it was good. God created people—Adam and Eve—to live in the world, enjoy it, and cultivate it. Adam and Eve had a close,...

The Gifts of Memory

The Gifts of Memory

Time for us travels in only one direction, such that once a moment is past it’s gone forever. While this helps us deal with life’s challenges (“time heals all wounds”) we can also experience a strong sense of loss and even grief as we pass through the joyous times of...

LifePoint Kids – August 7

LifePoint Kids – August 7

Love God by loving others. Jesus explained this idea perfectly in Matthew 22:34- 40, which is where we begin this month. The religious leaders asked Jesus: out of the hundreds of laws the Jewish people were to follow, which were the most important? Jesus said that...

Vacation Bible Saved

Vacation Bible Saved

Vacation Bible Saved Yet faith comes from listening to this Good News—the Good News about Christ. Romans 10:17 (TLB) W ith Vacation Bible School season in full swing, and my young grandchildren currently living with us, lately my mind drifts easily to my own childhood...

Caring for the Neglected Places in Your Soul

Caring for the Neglected Places in Your Soul

One of the age old practices in our culture is that of presenting who we are as our vocation. We present our occupation title as a means to inform our new acquaintance of our function. In essence, we unknowingly begin to associate our vocations or contribution to...

LifePoint Kids – July 31

LifePoint Kids – July 31

God gives you the power to have self- control. We finish up our Make Waves series discovering more about James 3:1-6. Our words have power. James uses practical images like a horse bit, a ship’s rudder, and a flame to show us just how powerful they are. They can hurt,...

Surrendering the Self Life

Surrendering the Self Life

Over time, almost imperceptibly, we can get stuck in the trance of constructing our role in the world, building our identity, and completely miss what God is doing around us. We can spend a lot of time and energy protecting this Self we’ve created at all costs. As...

LifePoint Kids – July 24

LifePoint Kids – July 24

God can give you the strength to be gentle. For week four, we get a glimpse into the heart of Jesus in Mark 10:13-16. Mark records a time when Jesus welcomed children, gave them his attention, and blessed them. Back then, no one thought very highly of children, and...

Weight of Grief, Strength of Heart

Weight of Grief, Strength of Heart

Weight of Grief, Strength of HeartMy flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever. Psalm 73:26 (NIV)"Thank you for your patience concerning your application. All candidates interviewed were stronger than we had dared to hope....

Remembering Who You Love

Remembering Who You Love

The twists and turns of life can sometimes feel like an assault on our confidence that God is good. Doubts can begin to surface, directing our attention away from God and negatively impacting our relationships with Jesus Christ and others. In these instances, we must...

LifePoint Kids – July 17

LifePoint Kids – July 17

Be faithful so others can count on you. In week three, we jump back to 1 Samuel 18-20 and 2 Samuel 9. We dive deeper into the amazing friendship between David and Jonathan. Jonathan was a faithful friend to David when King Saul chased David and tried to kill him....

I Run To You

I Run To You

I Run To YouThe name of the Lord is a strong tower; The righteous run to it and are safe. Proverbs 18:10 (ESV)It was a typical day. My son Arliss and his six year-old sister were watching a sing-along show while I prepared supper. Arliss had protested my choice of...

Allowing for Transitions

Allowing for Transitions

Doesn’t it seem like the space between “what was” and “what’s next” makes us uncomfortable? Maybe that’s the reason we fill every empty or quiet moment with noise and activity—a glance at our phone between conversations, checking email between appointments, aimless...

LifePoint Kids – July 10

LifePoint Kids – July 10

Show God’s goodness to others. This week, we head to Matthew 5:14-16. Matthew records the Sermon on the Mount, where Jesus taught His followers what it looks like to live as part of God’s Kingdom. Jesus says we are like light in the darknessand salt to flavor food....

Mixed Feelings

Mixed Feelings

Mixed FeelingsAnd he passed in front of Moses, proclaiming, “The Lord, the Lord, the compassionate and gracious God, slow to anger, abounding in love and faithfulness, maintaining love to thousands, and forgiving wickedness, rebellion and sin. Yet he does not leave...

Get Outside

Get Outside

Here’s a disturbing reality: we spend most of our lives indoors. We were meant for more than a plastic world with artificial light and re-breathed air. God can be found anywhere. But something special happens when we encounter God outside. Nature has the power to calm...

LifePoint Kids – July 3

LifePoint Kids – July 3

Show kindness to everyone. We start our month in Luke 10:25-37. When the religious leader questioned Jesus about the sorts of people we should love and show kindness to, He told the familiar parable of the Good Samaritan. With this story, Jesus completely changed how...

Who Is Really King?

Who Is Really King?

Who Is Really King?Before a word is on my tongue you, Lord, know it completely. Psalm 139:4 (NIV)Ifunction best when I am prepared. This isn’t a bad thing. In fact, my need to control the variables comes in handy for me and my family. We never run out of milk. I...

Kindness Toward Ourselves

Kindness Toward Ourselves

There is often enormous pressure to keep up with the non-stop noise and activity of our modern world. Jesus offers us an alternative to this frantic pace but following Him and resisting the pressure around us will require a simple act: kindness toward ourselves. Is...

LifePoint Kids – June 26

LifePoint Kids – June 26

Be patient with each other. In week four, we spend time discovering more about Proverbs 15:18. Waiting can be the worst! But something Solomon wrote in Proverbs can help us remember why patience is so important. A person with a bad temper stirs up conflict. But a...