Brad Lindner
Judas Iscariot

Judas Iscariot

Judas Iscariot t’s not uncommon to celebrate spy stories. The names James Bond, Jason Bourne, and Carmen Sandiego all come to mind. Even in the Bible, we find captivating spy stories like the twelve Israelites (Numbers 13) who are sent to explore...

Never Out Of Sight

Never Out Of Sight

Never Out of Sight Be strong and courageous. Do not fear or be in dread of them, for it is the Lord your God who goes with you. He will not leave you or forsake you. Deuteronomy 31:6 have a faint memory of going to the playground with my mother...

This is the Way

This is the Way

The words “fear of the Lord” appear over one hundred times in the Bible. But throughout scripture, God also tells his people not to fear. Is God contradicting Himself, or could the fear of the Lord mean something completely different than fear? As we discuss the...

It Doesn’t Feel Like Christmas

It Doesn’t Feel Like Christmas

We generally associate Christmas as being a season of joy and celebration, but many of us experience deep feelings of grief and loneliness during Christmas. That grief and loneliness grows as we tell ourselves we should be feeling positive emotions instead. If that’s...

Good Gifts and Good Works

Good Gifts and Good Works

Part I - Good Gifts Like many American children, I was raised with a strong faith in Santa Claus. And this faith taught me a lesson: good behavior is rewarded with the gifts of my dreams (thanks for the Nintendo, Santa!) and poor behavior is punished by withholding...

The Feast of Salvation

The Feast of Salvation

Imagine you’re at a wedding reception. There is music, laughter, dancing, and a lot of food. You might have a cocktail hour with an appetizer course, the main course, and a dessert course. Each of these courses is part of the overall meal during the celebration. The...

The Spiritual Life

The Spiritual Life

We have been in the process of becoming who we are from the time we were born. Who we are today isn’t the person we were twenty years ago, or even twenty minutes ago. For better or worse, who we are, and who we are becoming, is constantly being shaped and transformed...

Some Assembly Required

Some Assembly Required

If you’ve ever purchased something from IKEA, chances are good you’re familiar with the term “some assembly required.” More like ALL assembly required. Yet people all over the world have embraced a little DIY if it means having a bit of trendy furniture at a fraction...

Help Along the Way

Help Along the Way

Many of Jesus’ teachings are difficult to practice. Love God. Love your neighbor. Love your enemy. These teachings and more outline what abundant living looks like here on earth for every believer in Jesus. But there’s a problem: these teachings are often...

The Holy Spirit in Your Life

The Holy Spirit in Your Life

In the Bible, we read Jesus promising to send the Holy Spirit to his disciples after He is gone. As believers in Jesus, the Holy Spirit is also with us, living inside of us, just as Jesus promised. The question is, why did Jesus send the Holy Spirit to be with us?...

The Freedom in Confession

The Freedom in Confession

Have you ever dreamed you were standing in front of a crowd in just your underwear? Feeling exposed and embarrassed is a familiar nightmare. But for the first humans in the Bible, this was a very real experience. After Adam and Eve sinned, eating from that fateful...

Receive the Gift

Receive the Gift

Have you ever received a compliment and then dismissed it or re-focused the conversation on something else? Have you ever received a Christmas gift and then felt bad because you didn’t have one to give in return? Yeah, I’ve been there. “To doubt the guarantee of...

What We Can Learn From Loneliness

What We Can Learn From Loneliness

What We Can Learn From Loneliness   hen I feel lonely, I usually want that feeling to go away as quickly as possible. I might get coffee with a friend, binge watch Parks & Rec on Netflix, or do anything else that will distract me from the...

God’s Gift To Us

God’s Gift To Us

“For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not of your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast.”  Ephesians 2:8 OBSERVATION No one ever works to get a gift. Doing chores might get us an allowance and we might...

Isolation vs. Solitude

Isolation vs. Solitude

Isolation vs. Solitude  solation is an evil twin of solitude. Because they’re twins, they often get mistaken for one another. It’s only when you see how they affect the world around them that you can begin to tell them apart. It’s crucial to...

In The Quiet

In The Quiet

“The people stood far off, while Moses drew near to the thick darkness where God was.”  Exodus 20:21OBSERVATION When I think of darkness, I think of quiet, stillness, and a heightened awareness to everything around me. But I’m not always comfortable being still or...

Living By Faith AND Living with Anxiety

Living By Faith AND Living with Anxiety

Living By Faith AND Living With Anxiety  hen I was a child, I was terrified of thunder and lightning. During a thunderstorm, you could count on finding me hiding behind the couch or under the dining room table. My parents would attempt to...

New Command

New Command

Whenever we head into a new normal, there is usually an old normal we have to contend with first. We transition into a new normal when an old normal no longer works or the new normal is significantly better. This week, we'll discuss a new command Jesus gives his...

How this study will work

How this study will work

Study Guide Download HOW TO GET THE MOST OUT OF THIS STUDY Small Group Time Your small group is a place to share what you have been learning and to build community. Small groups are most effective when members follow some simple guidelines: Confidentiality – help...

Builders

Builders

“Kind words are like honey – sweet to the soul and healthy for the body.”  Proverbs 16:24 “But a tiny spark can set a great forest on fire. And among all the parts of the body, the tongue is a flame of fire.”  James 3:5-6 OBSERVE Imagine a crane at a construction...