Precious Promises

The following blog is filled with such encouragement. I wanted to write so much about it but, to be honest I would only mess it up. I thank God for the ministry of Paul Tripp and I hope this serves as a blessing to you as it did me.   https://www.paultripp.com/articles/posts/7-gospel-promises-to-embrace-today   7 Gospel Promises […]

Discipleship

  There have been several books in recent years on the subject of discipleship, many of them are great, while others…well…. However, one of the primary points that is skipped or underemphasized in many of these books is the importance of the local church in meaningful discipleship. I thank God for men and women who […]

Openings to Share the Gospel

We have spent the last 7 weeks at Trinity walking through how we can share the Gospel with a lost and dying world. It is difficult to do this without establishing relationships. I came across this blog http://www.christianitytoday.com/edstetzer/2017/february/welcome-to-wheaton.html by Ed Stetzer that gives some great ideas about meeting new neighbors, making them feel welcome and […]

The Shack

I have posted several great blogs on The Shack in the past. If you have missed them previously, here they are again:   http://www.challies.com/book-reviews/what-does-the-shack-really-teach-read-lies-we-believe-about-god?utm_content=buffer5bca5&utm_medium=social&utm_source=facebook.com&utm_campaign=buffer   http://www.albertmohler.com/2010/01/27/the-shack-the-missing-art-of-evangelical-discernment/   http://defendinginerrancy.com/the-shack-helpful-or-heretical/   All of these blogs do a great job dealing with content of the book that obviously bleeds over into the movie. In both conversations as well […]

Reasons We Miss Church…

Below you will find a link and the actual blog. When I read this I found that it was written so well, so clearly that there was nothing I really needed to add. I hope it is as thought provoking for you as it was me.   Reasons We Miss Church (But May Not Need […]

Passion with No Discernment is Deadly

On Wednesday evening in the conclusion of my sermon I spoke briefly about Carrie Underwood performing at Passion. I stated many positives regarding the Passion Conference, but I concluded with a great concern about seeing Carrie Underwood perform and so many of the headlines referring to it as “worship.” I made a decision I was […]

An Hour Long Movie in Youtube that is Worth Your Time…

I don’t recommend movies very often, and very few times have I ever recommended a “Christian” movie. Too often for me, the movies that are geared towards portraying Christians tend to make the “bad guys” some stereotype that really doesn’t exist in reality or ties everything into a neat package with a bow… and as […]

Travel Ball?

From a practical standpoint, how should a parent view travel ball? Regardless of your opinion on this matter and regardless of how old your children are, if they play baseball you will have to deal with this question. Below or in the link, you will find persuasive arguments not simply from a spiritual standpoint but, […]

Let’s Not Go To Church

Sometimes it is difficult to not roll my eyes (actually, if you look closely I do roll my eyes) when I hear people bemoan the fact that many young adults and college students are leaving the local church. Now, on this blog I have written multiple reasons for this, from weak doctrine to poor priorities. […]

The Damage of Professional Counselors

Let me begin this post by asking a simple question…at the most difficult time in your life, who would you say helped you get through it the most? Most people will not answer, “My professional counselor helped me survive during that heart break.” Let me preface this by simply stating that my wife has her […]

When Family Is a Wrong Priority

I recently found out that a young couple at our church made a decision to limit their choices of gaining an advanced degree to right here in our local area. I was even more excited and encouraged as some of their reasons came to light, one of which was staying in our faith family at […]

Modeling Marriage

Throughout my ministry I have watched as marriages that were extremely “child focused,” spun into chaos once those children are out of the house. That in itself is a tragedy, but what is worse is that not only has one marriage suffered, but in effect, by conducting their home in an unbiblical manner, the parents […]

Know Your Enemy

A couple of weeks ago, in our Bible Study Fellowship Groups, we were studying the David when he committed adultery with Bathsheba. I shared with my class that this was not a simple story about how one gets into the sin of adultery, but this was a study on how one gets into sin. The […]

How to Know My Child is Converted

We are always very careful when we counsel with children at Trinity.  Most children who are raised around the church and things of God, have an understanding of “church behavior” and will be quick to raise their hand, pray a prayer, get baptized or do whatever else they feel is needed to show “they love […]

Talking With My Teens

I have two teenage boys, and through their years we have gone through countless books, studies and family worship times… but some of the most productive conversations have happened just as we were “doing life,”  on trips, back and forth to ball practice, watching a ball game. But, few of these discussions happened by accident. What […]

Knowing God’s Word and Will

On Wednesday nights we are talking about how we should go about making decisions in a biblically wise way, not based on our hunches. When I came across this yesterday, I thought it gave a very good biblical perspective on things. Hope this gives further clarity to what we have been discussing. —- You Don’t […]

Curiosity Kills: The Internet and Worthless Things

It’s a familiar scenario. You open your Facebook app to check a notification. You blink and you have been cruising through status updates for 25 minutes. Or maybe it this: While at lunch with a friend someone asks, “How old is Robert DeNiro?” And you immediately ask Siri or google it and BAM! 72. How […]

A Bad Way to Pick a Pastor

What if I told you of a church who picked their Pastor by listening to 3-5 of the Pastor’s topical sermons he was best known for, but never questioned his doctrine at all. They don’t know what he believes about salvation, what his view of the church is, what his view of the Scriptures are, […]

Worry

I have shared on multiple occasions that I have a tendency to worry. Now, from my perspective it is not worry like some elderly lady wringing her hands, but more like being consumed with a situation and thinking of every possible scenario as to how to attack the problem….then of course, worrying about all the […]

I Love Hearing from God

In a discussion with some friends the other day one of them sent this blog. I thought it was very well written and true for us today. https://www.thegospelcoalition.org/article/why-do-we-say-god-told-me   Why Do We Say, ‘God Told Me’? September 17, 2013 When someone begins a sentence with “God told me . . .” I have to admit […]

Core Value #7 for Children and Student Ministries – Intentional

Intentional – We strive to be good stewards of our resources and of the time we have with families through planning that is consistent with our mission and core values.   This core value links all the other core values together. We will seek to be purposeful, thoughtful, and considerate of the needs of children, […]

When It Comes To Social Media…Quit Losing Your Mind

To watch people who claim Christ, go on Facebook and other social media and go on some rant, or begin to vent about some issue or post some picture that does anything but honor Christ, is an extreme problem in our society. Many believers do not represent the Kingdom well on social media.  It seems […]

When You Worry, You Aren’t Thinking…

I have heard people say: “You are worrying because you are thinking too much about it.” But the truth is, as I read Scripture, I realize worry comes not from thinking too much, but from thinking too little. Proverbs 23:7 “As a man thinks within himself so he is.” In light of this passage, what […]

Preference, Conviction, Rebellion?

  God has created us with differing gifts, abilities and preferences… Between backgrounds, talents and even spiritual gifts there is a variety of opinions about a variety of issues… Let me give a personal illustration:  Recently, as a family, we read the book, When Helping Hurts, (if you have not read this book I highly […]

Why We Take the Gospel So Seriously at Trinity

With the holidays rapidly approaching and everyone’s schedule getting crazy, we will take a break from blogging, as a staff, until after Christmas.   This will be my last post until January so, Happy Thanksgiving and Merry Christmas to you and your family!    In a recent interview with some church members who had just […]

Help for Our Marriages

  I came across this a few days ago and found it very encouraging and instructional in regard to marriage. As you read this, personalize it, think through your role in your marriage and may God use this to instruct and encourage you as it did me.   http://www.desiringgod.org/articles/love-and-repect-basics-for-marriage?utm_medium=feed&utm_source=feedpress.me&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+dg-articles Scripture teaches us that Christians should […]

Look How Far We’ve Come…

  Below you will see the video we showed Wednesday night in our Family Meeting. It’s difficult to believe that we have not even been in our building a full year. God has blessed us immeasurably, and the health of our church family has reached a new level.   There is a renewed passion for […]

Children and Student Ministry Core Value # 5

  Mission: What God has given to us through salvation, we are to proclaim to all people, seeking to bring them into the family of God. Matthew 28:19-20; Acts 1:8; 2 Corinthians 5:19-20 “Be fruitful and multiply” was God’s command to Adam and Eve in the beginning and is still God’s command today. It was […]

A Missions Reminder: From Our Neighborhood to the Nations!

I wanted to take a post to remind you about our upcoming Missions Giving, beginning this Sunday.  Through the years we have found that, if Michele and I try to give one week for this mission opportunity, and one week for that opportunity, our missions giving is scattered and not consistent enough to amount to […]