What If Church Wasn’t About You?

Did you hear Sam’s talk last week?  I helped record it for YouTube and it was awesome.  It meant a lot to me because, like Sam, this is very personal to me.  It’s a decision we made over twenty years ago and we are still living it out today.  It’s the subject that I care deeply about and get very passionate about.  Last week you heard this in Dillsburg.  Next week you will hear his message in Heidlersburg. . . . Read More »

How Does God Love People Today?

It’s Christmas time and we have been talking about the Christmas story.  It’s a God story.  You see, Christmas isn’t just another busy religious holiday we push through.  It’s bigger than that.  It’s a story that has enormous meaning to it.  To fully understand the mystery of Christmas, you have to go back 4,000 years before the birth of Jesus.  Through all those years, God did everything He could to love people.  How did people respond?  At every . . . Read More »

Jesus Wants You to Change How You View Yourself

Today I close our series called, “What Is The Point Of Church?’  We took over thirteen weeks to talk about Church.  To give you a snapshot of what is happening in the Churches across North America today, we shared lots of stats with you.  We talked about how people view Church verse how God views Church.  Church, we discovered, IS God’s body on earth.  As God’s body, it’s God’s primary way he wants people to know about His . . . Read More »

Being A Christian Is Really Hard If You Don’t Understand God’s Love & Believe It Is True For You

We have been in a big conversation this year that has all been built around one very specific and popular question.  That question is, what’s the point of church?  This has been a lot of fun and has given us an opportunity to explore just how important, and often misunderstood, church and church life can be.  We have been able to talk about the truth behind what church should be, and what it should not be, and we . . . Read More »

God’s Offer: Forgiveness, Grace, Righteouness

I have three questions for you to begin today. Question 1: Have you experienced God’s forgiveness?  That means you lived with guilt and shame because you knew you had sin in your life, and you couldn’t do anything to get rid of it.  That guilt and shame seemed to stick to you like cement boots.  They wore you out.  Then you prayed and asked God to forgive you and you felt God forgive you.  The cement boots were shattered.  . . . Read More »

Grasping The Enormity, Mindset, & Mentality of Jesus

We have been in an important conversation here in 2023 that has centered around one very specific and popular question these days.  That question is “What’s the point of church?”  It’s a question many people wrestle with these days in the world you and I live in today.  This has given us a great opportunity to hit a lot of big and often misunderstood concepts about the church.  We have looked at how we should view church individually . . . Read More »