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God Is Great

As believers it is easy for us to normalize our God’s greatness. We can easily become numb to His greatness and the miracles He works. Think of your favorite restaurant for example; you get so used to them making your favorite dish well until you have that one experience where […]

Essential Places

Today, the President stated, “The governors need to do the right thing and allow these very important essential places of faith to open right now, this weekend.” If you’ve walked with City Church for any length of time, you’re likely to guess my thoughts on such a sweeping pronouncement as […]

The Rock

Watching television and listening to the radio, it can seem that good news is hard to find. Speculation, hope and statistics can quickly become (in the words of The Temptations) a ball of confusion. Or, as Whitney Houston repeatedly asked in song, Where do I go…who do I talk to…who do […]

Our Work Has Just Begun

There’s a hot button term that we’re seeing pop up everywhere in these times: “Social Distancing”. What exactly is that? Social distancing is a term used to describe certain actions taken by the Public Health officials to stop or slow down the spread of a highly contagious disease. Nowhere in […]

Sunshine

I woke this morning at my usual time, 5am. It seems my body didn’t get the memo that Sacramento County has restricted all but necessary travel. A bit more sleep in exchange for a physical commute just didn’t happen. What to do with the extra time? (1) Stay in bed and hope I’ll […]

Who You Gonna Call?

In the summer of 1984, a campy comedy was released and quickly became a a box-office hit. Ghostbusters was a sci-fi movie that pitted the forces of good and evil in a light-hearted way. Seriously, who can really fear the Stay Puft Marshmallow Man, even if he’s 10-stories tall and crushing everything […]

In Purell We Trust

In God We Trust. It’s the ubiquitous phrase on our currency. We see it. We spend it. Life goes on. The phrase “In God We Trust” first appeared on a two-cent piece in 1864. Ironically, it was at a time of incredible national turmoil and civil war: the Battle of […]

Christmas I Don’t Deserve

As I sat down with my family recently for our annual viewing of A Charlie Brown Christmas this year, I was prompted to think about our culture’s and my own sense of entitlement associated with Christmas.  The entitlement of the phenomenally unkind children in Charles Shultz’s story is meant to […]

Why Would I Fast?

When I hear the word “fasting,” I often think, oh no, I can’t enjoy my favorite entrées and desserts. And when my pastor invites the congregation to fast and pray, it may create a few concerns among people with dietary and medical restrictions. According to Matthew 6:16-18, to “fast” means […]

They Will Know We Are Christians?

One thing I do with my children regularly is memorize hymns.  This month, we are singing They’ll Know We Are Christians by Our Love.  Singing this song daily, along with the recent sermons from 1 Corinthians 12 and 13, has caused me to think about what it means that others […]