Are You A Good Host In God’s Family?

Do you know the feeling when you go to someone’s house for the first time? Maybe you are just getting to know them or even have yet to meet them in person. You walk up to the house, hoping you’re at the right door and that this isn’t one of those places that never uses their front door. You ring the doorbell and hope they hear it. Then the door …

Dream Big & Pray Bigger

Today, I’m reminded that God is bigger than I am, more passionate about His Kingdom than I will ever be, and able to do far more than I could even dream of asking Him to do. But I’m also reminded that He wants to involve us and wants us to dream big. Ephesians 3:20 says “Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according …

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Unconditional Worship

This week I’ve been spending time reading in the book of Job. It’s an account filled with incredible insight into who God is and how we need to posture ourselves toward Him. In case you’re not familiar with Job’s account, here’s a quick summary: (The links throughout will take you to scripture associated with corresponding statements) 1. Job was a wealthy guy who was respected and revered by everyone in his …

Responsibility to each other as believers

I was talking with my team this morning about the role we have in leading people within the church. However, as I dug into the notes for this, I realized that the responsibilities I wanted to touch on didn’t just apply to leaders, but to every believer and follower of Jesus Christ. See, I think we so often fall into the trap of looking to “professional Christians” as the ones …

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Good Friday Together

It’s taken me until today, Wednesday, to process all that went on this past weekend. It was an incredible time in Buffalo, New York where the Church in this region came together and God did some incredible things. Good Friday Together was an event born out of some smaller examples of church expressions partnering together. Four local pastors, after walking through an experiment-of-sort, where their congregations joined together in a …

Isaiah 61 Project : Niagara Falls

Today I had an eye-opening, yet encouraging experience as I had a chance to meet with Jim Haid, an awesome guy who’s in the trenches of ministry here in Western New York. He’s heading up a new ministry endeavor called the “Isaiah 61 Project.” The Isaiah 61 Project has set up shop right in the heart of poverty, in the city of Niagara Falls. Their office is literally in the poorest …

How God confirmed where I should be

  I had a great conversation with a friend today who is wrestling with a decision on whether to stay in the area and take a position in ministry, or whether to move out of the area and take a new position in a field he has always dreamed of being in. I’ve had several conversations recently that were of similar nature: people trying to figure out what God’s will is for …

Church Partnership – Missio in Syracuse

What a great day today, hanging out with Missio Church in Syracuse! Kyle Kinda and I got to hang out with some of the guys from their team and check out their new campus in downtown Syracuse. You have to see this place – it’s beautiful! And of course, what a cool story behind it of God leading them right to this building. Missio is a church plant with a …

Things aren’t always what they seem…

So often we take situations at face value and don’t recognize that they are not what they appear. This principle is so important anytime you’re dealing with other people – assumptions lead you to weird places oftentimes. Anyways, that’s the point of today’s post. The point IS that sometimes God can take what you think is a run of the mill situation and show you that He had so much …