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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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

The Journey

We may know the destination or outcome, but not specifically the process associated with the journey. In re-reading the life of Joseph (Genesis 37-50), I was reminded of how God blessed Joseph with dreams and the ability to interpret his dreams and those of others. Joseph emphatically identified God as […]

100% Chance of Becoming Lost

It was 1968 and I was in the 4th grade. My parents had just moved the family to the Oak Park community of Sacramento from the State of Bakersfield. (Yes, technically, Bakersfield lies geographically within California but…well, those that are familiar with “B-town” know what I mean.) Even for a […]

The Barnyard

“When he finally arrives, blazing in beauty and all his angels with him, the Son of Man will take his place on his glorious throne. Then all the nations will be arranged before him and he will sort the people out, much as a shepherd sorts out sheep and goats, […]

Moral Deficit

I recently read an article that attempted to make sense from the nonsense surrounding the events in Charlottesville. As one writer penned to the POTUS’ response to Saturday, “…it’s not simply a political crisis. It’s a moral one too.” I submit, it’s a moral crisis first, second and only. There’s […]