Turning the Page

Each new year gives us the idea of a fresh start in many ways. For some of us, the previous year held many challenges and difficulties. The idea of a new year and fresh start helps us turn the page and start a new chapter in our lives. 

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Remembering 9/11

We remember. Twenty years ago, I was a junior in college. It was a Tuesday morning. It seemed like just another day when I awoke that morning. Little did I know that everything around me would change in an instant. On September 11, 2001, we experienced a tragedy that had never happened before. Read more…

What Freedom Isn’t reflection

What Freedom Isn’t
Romans 6:1-14

Big Idea of the Message: Freedom isn’t a license to do what we want or to pursue our own pleasure. 

Application Point: Consider what messages you hear about freedom. Practice using Paul’s understanding of freedom as an antidote, and share it with a friend. 

Questions to ponder:

  1. What is one thing that stood out to you from this week’s message?
  2. What messages about freedom do you hear from friends, work, or other places?
  3. What do you think freedom is? 
  4. How does this week’s message challenge your ideas of freedom or encourage you to live differently?
  5. What guardrails around your own personal freedoms might be healthy to put up for the flourishing of your faith and of others in your community? 
Additional Scripture to Meditate on: Galatians 5:13-15; 1 Peter 2:16

Holy Saturday Devotion

Holy Saturday Devotion

Text: Philippians 3:12–21

Hope is a belief about the future of things. But it’s more than that. Hope is something human beings can’t live without. Christianity is a hope-based religion. Read more…

Maundy Thursday Devotion

Maundy Thursday Devotion

Text: John 13:1–17; 31-35

John sets the scene for the Last Supper Read more…

Palm Sunday Devotion

Palm Sunday Devotion

Text: Luke 19:28-44

Question: Have I traded righteousness for self-righteousness.

Sermon Ideas and Talking Points:

Obedience displayed (v. 28-35a)

  • Jesus head to Jerusalem for the last time
  • The disciples given a “weird” task
  • The colt is brought to Jesus

Responding with praise (v. 36b-40)

  • The disciples honor Jesus
  • The disciples praise God for Jesus’ works

Responding with hardened hearts (v. 41-44)

  • Pharisees what disciples rebuked
  • Jesus refuses to rebuke them
  • Jesus weeps over a missed opportunity

Big Idea: It’s possible to be close to religion, and yet still miss God.

Questions to Ponder:

  1. What is one thing that stood out to you from this week’s message?
  1. How did Jesus fulfill prophecy in this passage?
  1. Why do you think Jesus cried when He looked at Jerusalem?
  1. What caused the Pharisees to miss what was happening?
  1. Do you ever feel like you might be missing God’s work? Why?
  1. How can you stay connected to God, even when there are so many distractions around you?

Pray for Our Nation

As I sat in the hospital room with my youngest son this afternoon, I picked up my phone to a news alert about events that are still transpiring in our nation’s capital. I have read through different stories from different news outlets depicting the events that have happened throughout today. Read more…

Vote today, love always

Today millions of Americans will exercise their right to vote. Over the past few months we have listened to rhetoric, debates, and political ads telling us who should lead us for the next four years. We have shared our thoughts on who should lead and at times may have even argued with those who believe differently than we do. If nothing else has become evident during this time, Read more…

Never Forget

Today is a day of remembrance. If we are old enough, we can all remember where we were on the morning of September 11, 2001. During my junior year of college, I woke up that morning just like any other morning. I turned on the TV before heading to class and saw the news. Read more…

Heart of Mesa Reopen Plan

As I mentioned this morning, we will plan to reopen activities at church in three phases. The following is a summary of the three phases. Read more…