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Jesus died on the cross to take away our sin, give us new life, and become our king. We do everything by the power of the cross.



Jesus lives in perfect fellowship with the Father and Holy Spirit. Like the Trinity, we do everything in the context of community.



Jesus' mission is to build a growing kingdom of grace and love on earth. We do everything in light of his redemptive mission.



Jesus lives to bring glory to the Father. We do everything to glorify God above all else, and we want to influence others to do the same.


Why We’re All Legalists

Legalism isn’t a word you find in the Bible, but it’s a concept you’ll find throughout the Old and New Testaments. It must be an ongoing problem if God keeps bringing it up. We just tend to drift into the belief that he’ll love us more and bless us more if we show external obedience.

Good News for People-Pleasers Like Us

Do you struggle with peer pressure? I didn’t think I did until a week ago. I’m 43 years old. I’ve figured out who I am, and who I’m not, and I’m pretty content with that. I don’t really feel the need to prove myself to anyone. I don’t feel the need to have anyone’s approval. At least, that’s what I thought.

The Beautiful Mess of Gospel Community

We’re beggars in a back alley, and we’ve found this five-star restaurant where the chef slips his best dishes out the back door every night. We’ve decided to camp outside the door. Why wouldn’t we? We’ve found this epic food, so we’re all huddled around the chef’s door. That’s what brings us together. It’s not anything about ourselves, it’s the chef.

Love Joy Peace

Galatians says if I have Jesus living in me, then I have love, joy, and peace. Period. So why don’t I have those things all the time? It must be because I’m not allowing Jesus to fully live in me. It must be because I’m somehow pushing Jesus away.

A Vision for Heaven on Earth: Is Jesus Enough?

I usually teach a short history lesson on Martin Luther and the Protestant Reformation to my World History Class. If you’re familiar with the history of the Reformation, you may recall that JohannTetzel would parade around Germany, offering shortened time in purgatory...

Easter Is The Best Plot Twist Ever

I love stories with surprise endings. Plot twists you never saw coming. Movies that force you to watch the whole thing over again as soon as they’re done, because the ending changed everything you thought was really happening. I think God wired us to love surprises, because Easter is the best plot twist in history.

God Is More Generous Than You Think

There are many reasons why we don’t pray: busy-ness, laziness, selfishness. But I think one big reason people don’t pray is because they don’t really expect God to answer.