“9 But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me.” 2 Corinthians 12:9
This time of year brings a flurry of new aspirations and New Year resolutions. Thoughts drift to creating a better you, a slimmer body, or new lease on life that will catapult you into the coming months. Possibly you’re desired transformation is from a dark place and comes with a higher cost. Perhaps... Read more
“16 For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes, to the Jew first and also to the Greek” (Romans 1:16)
What is the final destiny of life and how are we “saved” to receive that destiny? These could be the greatest questions that everyone needs to answer. The end of this life will find each and every one of us. There is no avoiding it. Individuals attempt to create an answer to what happens after this life ends. Culture also speaks strongly as to how or... Read more
“The best thing of all is God is with us. (John Wesley, Theologian. 1703-1791)
As the days drew closer to Christmas, the anticipation increased. The brightly decorated tree had presents surrounding the base and Christmas music played on the television in the living room. The smell of freshly baked holiday treats lingered in the air. The atmosphere was filled with joy and full of hope. However, it was full of hope that “it” would not happen again. Hope that the drinking would not start. Hope that the shouts of rage and anger would not be directed at... Read more
A thought popped in my mind last night as I began to reflect on Thanksgiving and all of the many blessings I am thankful for.
I realized my thanks isn’t only for the blessings I’ve actually received but for the One who has given me these blessings.
I began to think that instead of just making my list of “things I’m thankful for” I should actually get down on my knees and say “Thank You” to God and “I Praise YOU, Lord for ...”
I (we) really should make a point... Read more
“19 Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.” (Matthew 28:19-20)
Who are “all nations”? This direct command from Jesus to his disciples obviously outlines what they are to do, but does not clearly state to whom they are to do it too. Teaching and proclaiming Christ’s resurrection must have been difficult in the first century. Especially... Read more
For to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain. - Philippians 1:21
It’s quoted often. This verse is packed with and surrounded by a ton of meaning. Drill into these beautiful words and you’ll probably gravitate toward the second refrain without giving thought to the first three words:
“For to me...”
Paul is, of course, the me. The author of around 13 books of the Bible. Systematic. Very direct. Sometimes (even according to Peter) tough to understand. But with these words we’re brought in close to his chest. Paul... Read more
I think a few things should be stated at the beginning of any remarks on the Baptism of the Holy Spirit. First, this is an unresolved topic and we should have room for differences of opinion. It is nevertheless, the firm belief of the leadership of Canyon Creek Church that there is another baptism of the Holy Spirit for the empowering of Christians that is different than the initial indwelling of the Holy Spirit that attends every salvation. Second, a great portion of this discussion is often really just arguing about definitions, the... Read more
“The test of the morality of a society is what it does for its children.” (Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Pastor, Theologian. 1906-1945)
It was a cool, dark Halloween evening in that small town in northern California. The group of friends accompanied by one parent was lagging far behind. At nine years old, I was in the lead, a few houses ahead of the others. There a house was set off from the street, beyond the vacant lot and nearly covered by bushes and shrubs. I knew there was a prize to be had at the end of that long... Read more
This is a really quick and raw video blog, this is my first one and I didn’t edit it for very long because i just wanted to get one up here!
What situations, events, or brokenness in this world would you change? Whom would you like to be changed? Change, defined by our current culture is progressive and normally moving forward to some other loosely defined reality. Little consideration is given if the outcome will be positive or negative. Could change be reflecting on tradition or events in the past that modified the course of history? Change often comes from an unexpected place, with unintended results. Peter and John were the voice of change. They appealed to everyone to remember of an event that changed the course of history, the... Read more
Have you witnessed a miracle? Maybe standing bedside at the birth of your kids, you took in the moment and called it what it was: a miracle. Perhaps an unexpected gift—a tipping point toward financial breakthrough ended in a “whoa-I-never-saw-that-coming”. You can’t write it off as circumstantial or explain it away as coincidence. It’s simply miraculous.
Miracles are extraordinary acts amidst ordinary circumstances. Such is the case for the unnamed beggar introduced in Acts 3 who was crippled—literally, “from his mother’s womb”.
Just so you know, he wasn’t faking it.... Read more
Acts Chap. 2: the outpouring of the Holy Spirit.
Let’s try to quickly handle three items about this portion of Scripture:Who is the Holy Spirit? What happened in Acts chapter 2? What does it means for us?
WHO IS THE HOLY SPIRIT?
This is admittedly where things get mentally rigorous right off the bat, so I will keep my language as plain as possible. Even though this takes some mental wrestling, it is worth really understanding and will simply grow your love and adoration of our amazing God.
The Holy Spirit... Read more
I started to write this blog post earlier tonight.
This mysterious event seems to occur when I am deep in thought and words are flowing at an all-time high.
Sometimes, I view this disappearance of deliberate thought-out phrases as... Read more
We are told in 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 (NIV) to “Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.”
I cling to this verse (among others) lately… especially with all of the horrible goings on in this world today.
The news and social media sites seem to be filled with tragic news that makes me feel utterly helpless.
However, I am not helpless. I can do the single most important act. I can pray and I can pray BOLDLY.
When I lack... Read more
I still remember my first baptism.
I was a young girl in grade school. I stood at the front of our (then) church with my family as we received watery-on-the-forehead cross baptisms together.
I knew who Christ was at that age and had accepted Him into my heart, but I did not have the full understanding of what it meant to be alive in and for Him.
I considered myself a Christian even though I lived a sin-filled life and was deeply ashamed of it. (Phew, that’s hard to write!)
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Isn’t it incredibly awesome and so amazing how God knows exactly what we need at each specific moment? And, not only that, but He GIVES it to us?
I was sitting on my couch talking to God about a leak I discovered in my downstairs kitchen ceiling. I’m pretty sure it’s coming from my upstairs bathroom. Discovering this brought me absolutely no joy.
I had no joy until this precious hummingbird flew up and began to feed at the feeder hanging outside my living room window. It enjoyed a long, slow savory... Read more
Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows. James 1:17 NIV
Patience is a virtue (I’ve been told).
It must also be a gift that God encourages us to receive and hold tightly to….especially when we are working with technology that refuses to cooperate. (I’m sure it’s not operator error! LOL)
I’ve tried to write this post several times in the past couple of hours. I’ve been wanting to write about the... Read more
Come to me all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. - Mathew 11:28 NIV
“Press into Jesus.” “Keep pressing into Jesus.”
The above statements were gifts given to me by one of our Pastors this week.
I gotta say it wasn’t really what I wanted to hear. I mean, how in the world does one do that?
I was already praying like crazy and reading my Bible.
And then it dawned on me, “Ask Jesus how He wants you to press into Him.” (Duh!)
I then realized that there are many ways to press into Him and that it may need to... Read more