Monday Sermon Reflection (For the message from Sunday, June 27, 2021: "Two Witnesses: Immortal Till the Work is Done." You can view this sermon by clicking HERE.) We picked up in our sermon series through the book of Revelation yesterday in 11:1-14. As we journey through this apocalyptic vision, we are once again confronted with... Continue Reading →
God did not give us the book of Revelation for the benefit of our sight, but for the benefit of our faith!
True peace and security cannot be found within this broken world. Period. So we are faced with the choice. Will we choose pragmatism or will we believe in God's Word and in his promises?
[Now that I am finished with school (WOO HOO!) one of the things I'd like to do is focus on producing more content during the week that reflects on our Sunday gatherings at Westwood. Among that content I'd like to begin to write and publish a brief post each Monday that reflects on the previous... Continue Reading →
This past Sunday our preaching series at our church through the Book of Revelation focused on Jesus' letter to the church at Ephesus. If you are at all familiar with these seven letters from the book's opening chapters, the phrase "you have abandoned your first love" probably popped into your mind when you heard the... Continue Reading →
Back in August I wrote an article based on a question that my good friend asked me recently: "What is the state of your soul this week?" You can read that article here. As I have continued to reflect on the importance of that question, I have considered the danger of assumptions. I believe that... Continue Reading →
My primary purpose here is pastoral, not political. I am simply exhorting you to remember and consider your supreme and primary identity as ambassadors of King Jesus and His Kingdom. I am simply exhorting you to remember and consider your greatest stewardship; the one that comes before any other aspects of stewardship you consider. Our greatest stewardship is in regards to the gospel.
Following Christ often calls us to swim against the powerful current of our culture. We need to see how this is the case even in the private way we engage one another, and not just in the big showy ways we typically attribute to that idea.
The lessons I teach my children are important. Taking time to teach them the Scriptures and to discuss how the gospel applies to our lives is vital. But my life will ultimately aim their hearts toward what I deem to be of greatest worth by the investment of my time, talent, and treasure.
I had the privilege of preaching through Psalm 84 this past Sunday with my faith family at Westwood. A significant portion of the Psalm offers the perspective of the people of God making what many believe to be a festive pilgrimage to the Temple in Jerusalem. The completion of this journey offered the opportunity for... Continue Reading →