I’m sure right now you’re having a FOMO (fear of missing out) moment because you are afraid you missed your chance to sign your 6th-12th grader up for our summer missions trip. Well guess what, Continue reading
As spectator Paul Thompson drove away from the devastation at the Boston Marathon, a WSJ reporter approached him.
“For what? For what?” Thompson, a cardiologist, said through his tears. “These people are totally innocent.”
Dr. Thompson speaks for us all. God created us to be morally reasoning beings, but this wanton violence defies reason, and our hearts break into lament. We are not alone. Continue reading
Fasting is a spiritual discipline that has, certainly in the USA, fallen by the wayside. Richard Foster, in his Celebration of Discipline, makes a humorous but very sad comment regarding the American attitude toward fasting. He said something like this – In our culture (American) if we don’t eat three full meals a day with several snacks in between we believe… Continue reading
As I write this, I am thinking back on the last 10 years of my life and all the major life events I have gone through and big decisions I have had to make. This year I am turning 30, and I am reminded of all that a person is confronted with in our culture through their 20s. It’s crazy how much stuff happens! In an increasingly godless culture, one often asks how we are to live and what God would have us do with our lives. There is a lot of Scripture that address these questions. We are going to focus on one passage over the next two weeks. Continue reading
What are your kids doing this summer? Why not have them spend some time giving back? We are so excited about our summer missions opportunity for our 6th-12th graders. Continue reading
If you have an older brother, as I do, you know this can be a mixed bag. An older brother watches out for you, but he also likes to tell you what to do. Can you imagine what it was like to grow up with a perfect older brother who never did anything wrong? What if he told you he was equal to God? That would be a problem. It was a big problem for Jesus’ brother James.
We have all read about the glory of God in Scripture. Psalm 19:1 says “The heavens declare the glory of God; the sky displays his handiwork.” Exodus 15:11 “Who is like you, O LORD, among the gods? Who is like you?—majestic in holiness, fearful in praises, working wonders?” It’s easy to picture the glory of God in the physical sense of miracles, awesome displays of nature’s power and agape love. In worship, we often sing about giving glory TO God. Can God’s glory be added to? Obviously not, but what does it mean for us to give glory TO God as Scripture instructs us to? Continue reading
At Powerhouse, we value our time of worship on Sunday morning as it is a joyful celebration of God in our lives. Even in life’s difficult times, His presence and faithfulness is something to be excited about. There are times, however, when being a little more reverent before God is appropriate. Good Friday is one of those moments. Continue reading
Christmas Eve morning started in West Webster, NY with a scenario familiar to first responders everywhere, with a scene familiar to my household. The scanner goes off, the emergency and address are announced, and firefighters slip out of warm beds to travel dark streets, putting themselves in danger for the sake of rescuing others.
But this Christmas Eve was tragically different. A home was fully engaged with fire. The firefighters were focused on their goal of searching for residents, saving lives. As the engine pulled up to the scene and they jumped off, they were met with gunfire. Four firefighters were hit. Two died.
Tomasz Kaczowka, 19, died that morning. Continue reading
“We’re family.” I’m sure you’ve heard coaches and players say that when referring to their team. Mark Sanchez said that back in September after the Jets beat the Bills. But it’s March now, and there is not much of a Jets family left, leaving one to wonder how strong those family ties were anyway. You can’t have family without commitment.
Commitment like the kind Leigh Anne and Sean Tuohy gave to Michael Oher. Michael is now a Super Bowl champion, but the Tuohys’ committed to him when he was a homeless kid trying to finish high school. You probably know about Michael’s story from the hit movie “The Blind Side.” Michael’s birth mom struggled with crack addiction and was never able to give him a stable home. He moved from foster home to foster home until finally…… Continue reading