Spiritual Practice of the Week: Gratitude

The Bible reminds us that every good thing comes from heaven above (James 1:17) and the spiritual practice for this week involves recalling to your mind and heart the particular good things you have experienced throughout your day. This practice helps you to see God’s grace in your life even during the tough times and when practiced over time, fosters …

Celebration

January 29, 2023  Message Big Idea Celebration is not typically included among the common Christian practices or virtues. Yet, we have much to celebrate, even within our daily rhythms of ongoing work.  God, in the creation narrative, modeled how to slow down and take pleasure in one’s work. We too should form a habit of celebration, making time daily for …

Selah

January 24, 2023 –  Pastor Bill Yaccino The hurried nature of our day can quickly leave us frantic, anxious and weary. We may end our day wondering where the stillness and peace of the morning went. But consistently planning and experiencing selah pauses throughout our day will do much to break the grip of hurry, remind us of God’s nearness, …

Spiritual Practice for the Week: Breath Prayer

The Breath Prayer can help us learn to pray unceasingly. It is a way to have on our lips what is always on our heart. In Hebrew the word ruach has three meanings: “wind,” “breath,” and “Spirit.” The best known Breath Prayer is called the Jesus Prayer: “Lord Jesus Christ, Son of God, have mercy on me a sinner.” (Luke …

Sabbath

January 15, 2023 –  Pastor Mark Albrecht Message Big Idea – The Sabbath can be a contentious topic in Christian discourse.  It can be implemented as a rigid and laborious practice. On the other hand, it can be rejected as archaic and unneeded.  But Christ specifically notes that the Sabbath was made for our needs. Furthermore, we are still called …

Stillness

January 8, 2023 –  Pastor Mark Albrecht Message Big Idea – Our habits are formative. That is, they determine who we are becoming. So, we must examine our habits through a biblical lens, adapting to firmly keep ourselves in the grooves of grace God has provided for the Christian life. The first habit is stillness. Jesus habitually practiced stillness by …

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Rest Assured – God Reigns

January 1, 2023 –  Pastor Mark Albrecht Message Big Idea – Daniel 10-12 offers some timely insights as we start 2023. It informs how we should view human conflicts and world events and depicts the horrors of human evil concentrated in the State. Yet, this passage shows how Christians should respond: expectation and prayer. In this way, we press into …

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History is His Story

December 18, 2022 –  Pastor Mark Albrecht Message Big Idea – In Daniel 9, we witness Daniel responding to God’s promise to return he exiles and rebuild Jerusalem.  In doing so, Daniel passionately prays on behalf of all of Judah, confessing collective sin and reminding the Lord of His promises.  As Christians, we should also see prayer as our powerful …

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About the King’s Business

December 11, 2022 –  Pastor Mark Albrecht Message Big Idea – The vision recorded in Daniel 8 came to the prophet in the third year of the reign of King Belshazzar of Babylon (553-554 B.C.). This vision concludes with Daniel saying, “I was astonished by the vision, but no one understood it” (Daniel 8:27). If Daniel didn’t understand it in …

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Evil’s Days are Numbered

December 4, 2022 –  Pastor Mark Albrecht Message Big Idea – Just as Daniel, we as Christians face a VUCA (volatile, uncertain, complex, and ambiguous) future.  In this, we should expect persecution and difficulty to intensify.  Yet, our trust in God’s reliable Word, our knowledge of God’s purpose for our lives, and the promise of God’s final victory should lead …