This Sunday we’re going to take a short break and launch a five-week mini-series at Cross of Grace on our vision as a church. In the next few weeks, we want to layout where we think God is taking us as a church, what we long to see happen in our city, and how we want to live as a church community. ...Keep Reading
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I'm so excited about parenting seminar coming up soon. We have a wonderful opportunity to learn from Bob Kauflin next month. Bob is a well-known writer and speaker but also someone my wife Jenn and I know personally and who is someone we want to emulate in this area. ...
This Sunday we’re going to take a short break and launch a five-week mini-series at Cross of Grace on our vision as a church. In the next few weeks, we want to layout where we think God is taking us as a church, what we long to see happen in our city, and how we want to live as a church community. ...
It seems surreal that it was only a few days ago that a gunman opened fire in El Paso. On Monday I had to go back to the store. Next week our boys are going back to school. We are here for a reason as disciples of Jesus and one of our tasks is to love our neighbors well in a way that serves them and points them to Jesus. But how do we do that? ...
We're about to embark on a one year journey through the book of Isaiah. Over the next year most of our preaching will focus on this book and even our worship and liturgy will be shaped by this book. Before we jump in, I want to answer a big question: "Why Spend a Year in Isaiah?"...
We all feel pressure to be perfect around the holidays, but none of us are. The good news is that Jesus' family is made of imperfect people like us. And as a result, we should invite in others and care for them the way Jesus has cared for us. ...
On Sunday we looked at Jesus' promise to send the Helper, the Holy Spirit, to give us power to advance the gospels. One of the things you see when you read the gospels is that the Holy Spirit didn't suddenly "show up" after Jesus left but that Jesus did his ministry in the power of the Spirit. We encourage you to explore and meditate on these verses as you trace this theme in the gospels....
Proverbs says that the fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom. This means that getting time with God is one of the most practical things we can possible do. Here are some suggestions. ...
It seems surreal that it was only a few days ago that a gunman opened fire in El Paso. On Monday I had to go back to the store. Next week our boys are going back to school. We are here for a reason as disciples of Jesus and one of our tasks is to love our neighbors well in a way that serves them and points them to Jesus. But how do we do that? ...Keep Reading
Playlists to pair up with our sermon series on Isaiah ...Keep Reading
We're about to embark on a one year journey through the book of Isaiah. Over the next year most of our preaching will focus on this book and even our worship and liturgy will be shaped by this book. Before we jump in, I want to answer a big question: "Why Spend a Year in Isaiah?"...Keep Reading
We all feel pressure to be perfect around the holidays, but none of us are. The good news is that Jesus' family is made of imperfect people like us. And as a result, we should invite in others and care for them the way Jesus has cared for us. ...Keep Reading
When Jesus ascended into heaven the story wasn’t over. Luke wrote a gospel that bears his name as well as the book of Acts. Luke said that the gospel was all about what “Jesus began to do and teach” (1:1) with the clear implication that Jesus’ work continued in the book of Acts. In this sermon series on Acts 3-12, we’ll walk through the story of how the message a...Keep Reading
We all feel the pull in our hearts toward grumbling. If we're to turn away from that we need to turn somewhere else: the word of life. ...Keep Reading
Right now our Bible reading plan is taking us through the books of the law. You may be discouraged and want to give up. Don't stop now though! There are riches to be found here....Keep Reading
On March 4th we'll launch two services at 8:45am and 11am. There's a lot of change ahead but one thing that won't change at all. ...Keep Reading
Exodus 19 shows God's people that because of sin they cannot approach God themselves. They need someone stand between they and God. Today, thousands of years after Moses, we still need someone to stand before us and God. ...Keep Reading
I am by nature an impatient person. I fidget when my coffee order takes longer than a minute to come out, when traffic slows down inexplicably, when I have to wait in line at the UPS store behind someone who appears to be shipping their entire home in cardboard boxes. But there are also two truths that are beautifully clear in periods of waiting. ...Keep Reading
What lessons can we learn in our Bible reading plan from the conniving trickster Jacob? His story reveals some surprising choice for each of us: self-dependence or God-dependence...Keep Reading
The beginning of Genesis reminds us that the universe, and our lives, are not meaningless. When we glimpse the Designer we glimpse the design for it all. ...Keep Reading
Don't let the Christmas season slip by this year. Prepare and focus your heart with three simple resources including a free devotional and soundtrack to the Christmas season...Keep Reading
After church on Sunday a couple people asked me where to find the hymn lyrics I quoted in my sermon. They were originally written by Horatius Bonar, who was a Scottish pastor and hymn writer. At one point he lost 5 children in succession but he never lost his faith in the Lord. Read and let his words encourage you. You can also listen to a new version of the hymn arranged ...Keep Reading
Last Sunday we had a time of missional prayer as a church in response to the phrase "Thy kingdom come" in the Lord's prayer. But we want to keep praying these prayers not just on Sunday but individually and during the week. I've found it helpful when there are specific prayers I have for gospel advance so here are a list of places we long to see God's kingdom come. ...Keep Reading
Wondering why Community Groups are so important to us? Read on for 10 reasons we think you should check one out and get plugged in ...Keep Reading
Where is God when we look around and can't seem to see him anywhere? That's the question the book of Esther tackles, and the question we'll explore together. ...Keep Reading
Jesus prayed to the Father "As you sent me into the world, so I have sent them into the world" (John 17:18). But on a really practical level, how do we do this? Too often we don't even engage people in conversation, or when we do it's hard to figure out how to bring up our faith. Here are four questions to help. ...Keep Reading
Last Sunday we heard Jesus pray a unique and powerful prayer: "Holy Father, keep them in your name, which you have given me, that they may be one even as we are one." We learned that the unity of His people is very close to the heart of God. But how do we live out that prayer in practical unity?...Keep Reading
In light of the message today I want to give you a bundle of digital resources and encourage you to drink a coffee with a good Christian brother or sister. These are things I've found helpful as I've prepared and hope will equip you to think biblically about politics, our country, and the kingdom of Jesus. ...Keep Reading
Proverbs says that the fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom. This means that getting time with God is one of the most practical things we can possible do. Here are some suggestions. ...Keep Reading
We believe that the words in the Bible are God's very words, breathed out by him (2 Tim 3:16), as carried along writers across the centuries (2 Peter 1) to tell one great story. Now is the perfect time to plan what you'll read in 2016....Keep Reading
As the Christmas season turns to a new year we want to make the best use of our time to live an intentional Christ-focused life (Ephesians 5:16). Here are a few suggestions to get you started....Keep Reading
Here is a prayer offered in light of Friday's tragedy in Paris and Sunday's message: The Lord reigns, let us rejoice, mourn, and long for his return. ...Keep Reading
Why come to a seminar on Church History (of all things)? How about deepening your faith, being encouraged in your circumstances, and having a ton of fun? ...Keep Reading
Last Sunday guest preacher Ian McConnell brought a powerful word from Matthew 9 inviting us to see our city the way Jesus sees our city. But what's the next step? How do we join Jesus' work in El Paso? Here are some resources to check out and study further...Keep Reading
When you think about reading the Bible, what's your honest reaction? Discouragement? Confusion? Obligation? This is David's reaction: "Give me life in your ways!" (Ps 119:37) Join us for this preaching and study series on finding life in the pages of Scripture. ...Keep Reading
How can you practically honor your parents? Here are five suggestions ...Keep Reading
Like the Israelites Christ has set us free from slavery, but how should we live? God calls his people not to return to spiritual slavery but instead live joyful and holy lives under the freedom of his good rule. Along the way God provides help for everything from marriage to possessions to anger and envy. ...Keep Reading
We're changing the next three weeks of our preaching schedule to focus on mission in everyday life and through community groups. And we want you to come to this series not as a spectator, but as a player. Here's why. ...Keep Reading
I'm out on a study retreat but as I'm reflecting on our church here are some specific ways I see God at work. Let's be quick to see where God is at work, and quick to rejoice together. ...Keep Reading
On Sunday we took a different approach to our Sunday Message and dug into the question, "How do we explore passages like Exodus on our own in daily Bible reading?" I suggested three simple questions that can be used profitably for any Bible passage and also recommended some resources to give deeper into Bible interpretation....Keep Reading
Looking for a quick rundown of all our holiday events this December? Check out this easy to scan list of opportunities to serve, give, and celebrate. ...Keep Reading
Three reflections on three decades of history and our foundation as a church: Jesus is our foundation, our foundation is sure, and from this foundation we advance ...Keep Reading
Let's face it: outside of work we live most of our lives within the four walls of our homes. Our most precious and important relationships are often within those walls. We make most our our decisions about money, possessions, time, and priorities in the home. This month we'll look at how the gospel transforms our lives by transforming our homes. ...Keep Reading
We're already halfway through Easter Week, don't waste it! Here are four quick ideas for how to get the most out of this week. ...Keep Reading
Sunday we covered Ephesians 5:18 on Paul's command to be filled with the Spirit. Want to learn more about the Spirit's work? Here are some great places to start. ...Keep Reading
Why are we launching a weekly radio broadcast? For the same reason Paul went to the marketplace: because that's where people are. Join us in praying this week for the work. ...Keep Reading
After a message on lust these can be common questions: "Well, that was good to hear but what I am supposed to do now? What if I have a struggle with lust? What can I do practically?"...Keep Reading
Last weekend was an outstanding marriage seminar...but now what? Maybe after the seminar you realize you need to do some more study about how to build a healthy marriage, or you want to go through a book together, or you'd benefit from counseling. ...Keep Reading
We're getting pretty excited about our upcoming marriage seminar next Sunday with guest speaker Billy Raies, Sr. Pastor of Sovereign Grace Church of Midland. Here are a few important details (like the seminar schedule) you'll need to know. ...Keep Reading