The Tithing Challenge

Posted on: January 13th, 2016 by John Gilmore

“Bring the whole tithe into the storehouse, that there may be food in my house. Test me in this,” says the Lord Almighty, “and see if I will not throw open the floodgates of heaven and pour out so much blessing that there will not be room enough to store it.” Malachi 3:10 Several years […]

The Problem with Leaps of Faith

Posted on: January 7th, 2016 by Jerry Shaffer

There are few ideas that  stir our hearts more than that of stepping out blindly into the unknown with only hope as your greatest ally.  The leap of faith.  As I have spent more time now in my faith than out of it, what is interesting to me is that leaps of faith are actually […]

Quick and Painful or Drawn Out and Deadly

Posted on: December 17th, 2015 by Jerry Shaffer

Last night my wife Carrie shared a video for an upcoming film addressing the impact of pornography on humanity, and in particular it’s affects on human trafficking.  I’ve shared it on my FB if you want to check it out.  Later, when I got in the van to drive the girls to school this morning, Moody […]

Receiving Something of Substance

Posted on: December 16th, 2015 by Jerry Shaffer

One of the central stories of Christmas is that of the Wisemen, who travel from afar to bring gifts to Jesus and to honor the newborn King of the Jews.  The story shows us Jesus in a humble and needy place while presenting the Travelers as great men who come with great gifts.  Jesus and his parent’s […]

Purity, Judgement and the Mercy of God

Posted on: December 11th, 2015 by Jerry Shaffer

Are you like me? Many days my quiet time is uneventful. I do my readings, prayer, and meditations as much out of daily habit as to cultivate relationship.  Like taking my wife on the same date we have been on a thousand times, it is pleasant, and I always love the time we spend together, but […]

Weathering the Winter

Posted on: December 8th, 2015 by Tony Dahlin

In our current series “Tis the Season,” we’re discussing how there is a time for all things. While I realize and agree with this, it doesn’t necessarily make getting through difficult seasons any easier. Difficult seasons are, well, difficult. Actually they stink! Honestly, I’d say I’m in the midst of one right now. This fall our […]

Domestic Terror, Active Shooters and The Church

Posted on: December 5th, 2015 by Jerry Shaffer

Today, as I prepared to write this I had to stop…stop typing, stop thinking, and just pray.  Pray for the families who lost loved ones Wednesday at The Inland Regional Center in San Bernardino, California, and pray for those who were there and witnessed first hand the carnage and depth of cruelty; pray for the […]

Tis the Season

Posted on: December 1st, 2015 by Jerry Shaffer

Solomon said, “You have been trapped by what you said, ensnared by the words of your mouth.” (Pro. 6:2 NIV)  The context of this passage is a warning to be careful what you commit yourself to, that having made a promise or given assurances for someone else, you should do everything you can to honor it […]

Thank You!

Posted on: November 27th, 2015 by Jerry Shaffer

A couple of weeks ago in my small group one of our men asked for prayer for a close friend who is in full-time ministry.  He had become overwhelmed and was facing some very difficult struggles.  This started a conversation among the guys in my group about prayer for people in ministry, especially senior leaders, as they […]

Prayer WORKS!

Posted on: November 25th, 2015 by Jerry Shaffer

Most of you know my daughter Taylor has autoimmune Hepatitis, a rare liver disease that causes your immune system to attack your liver.  She has been struggling with it now since the summer of 2012 and has spent nearly half of her first semester of high school at Children’s Hospital, but by that spring she […]