Only 368 Shopping Days Left ’til Christmas

In the story of Jesus’ birth, Luke writes that an angel appeared to shepherds saying, “I bring you good news that will bring great joy to all people. The Savior—yes, the Messiah, the Lord—has been born today in Bethlehem!” But as amazing as that Bible verse is, I don’t want you to forget that as […]

Put Your Faith in Action this Christmas

Here’s an early Christmas gift for you! (and for everyone you bless) Special thanks to a family member all the way from the United Kingdom — Catherine Watson. She designed a simple “random acts of kindness” advent calendar as a way for her church to spread the love of Jesus this Christmas season. There’s a simple […]

A Silent Good Friday

Enjoy this fifteen-minute journey, and reflect on Jesus’s work on the cross.

Next Step Summit Replay: Key Quotes from Week 5

What a great week! Special thanks to all of our speakers. Enjoy their key quotes from their message. Better yet — watch or listen to them! (OR…watch or listen any time you want with one of our passes.) We’ve got a full lineup this week as well. The Day 29 video releases at 8 PM […]

Next Step Summit Replay: Key Quotes from Week 4

The Next Step Summit Replay has reached the ½ way point. And just when you think it might slow down, it gets better! Highlights include messages from Bruxy Cavey, Corey Johnson, Carol Doody, and Nat Crawford. Plus music by Serena Rae, LOOKiT, Di Bellavotti, and Tim Foot! We continue with new content on Monday, but […]

Next Step Summit Replay: Key Quotes from Week 3

The Next Step Summit Replay had a terrific week 3, featuring messages from Heather Zempel and David Miller and hosted by Ben Ward. We now have people participating from 20 states and 12 countries. Better yet, people are getting unstuck and taking steps of faith as Jesus leads them. Take a peek at the week’s […]

Next Step Summit Replay: Key Quotes from Week 2

I was worried the first week went so well that week two would be a letdown. It was an unnecessary concern: week two was fantastic! The Next Step Summit Replay is a 40-day journey during Lent, so if you haven’t registered yet, you have time, but don’t wait any longer. We release each day’s new message at […]

Next Step Summit Replay: Key Quotes from Week 1

We had an amazing first week at the Next Step Summit Replay. If you’re wondering what it is, the Summit is a 40-day journey during Lent focusing on helping us get unstuck in our faith. Some of us are stuck because we’re new believers, others because we’re seasoned believers eager to take new steps of […]

Which One Are You?

Following Jesus is the adventure of a lifetime—or at least it can be. For most of us, we experience the thrill of faith’s adventure from time-to-time while others rarely experience it at all. But we can all benefit from increasing our portions of adventure and fulfillment in following Jesus. But first, when it comes to […]

The Sabbath: FAQs

In Peter Scazzero’s excellent book Emotionally Healthy Spirituality he tells a story that responds to the most frequently asked question on the Sabbath: “How do I honor the Sabbath if I don’t have time?” “A wagon train of Christians traveling from St. Louis to Oregon observed the habit of stopping for the Sabbath during the […]

Sabbath is a gift

The Sabbath Is a Joke!

Finding a way to rest and recover when it seems impossible I met with a pastor friend of mine I’ve known for years. I shared my struggle to keep the Sabbath when he blurted out, “The Sabbath is a joke!” He got my attention, and we spent the next chunk of time attempting to find […]

Matthew 2:1-11

A Christmas Story

Meet Nadir, a fictional 10-year-old who tells his story of seeing the Magi in Jerusalem and the adventure that follows. He learns three lessons of faith from his grandfather, all taken from Matthew 2:1-11. The text below is the manuscript from a monologue I wrote and delivered for church. It’s written to be presented orally, […]