Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Open Letter to Oakes Church of the Nazarene

Dear OCN,

Thank you so much for having me come up to spend some time with you guys this past weekend! First of all let me say I absolutely loved your church! There is no doubt that what God is doing in your church is having an impact on on your community in a huge way!

Monday, August 24, 2015

Fall Fast

We believe God is doing big things and we want to be a part of them. When we read Scripture we can read example after example of how people spent time in prayer and fasting before God used them to do amazing things. Moses fasted before he received the Law. Nehemiah fasted before approaching the king about rebuilding the wall. Paul fasted before his ministry began. And perhaps more famously, even Jesus fasted.

Friday, April 3, 2015

Reflections on the Way to the Cross - Good Friday

Well I thought I would get some sleep. I tried to be careful heading back to the room, but as I cut through back streets and alleyways I tried to avoid the temple, I thought that since the Temple guard arrested him, that that would be where they would take him, but instead they took him to Annas, since he was the father-in-law of Caiaphas, the high priest at that time.” (John 18:13) I was still scared for my life, but among the crowd I thought I could make out Peter hiding in the shadows of the courtyard (Matthew 26:58). So I gathered my courage and went in to see what was happening.

Thursday, April 2, 2015

Reflections on the Way to the Cross - Thursday

Well I finally found out where they went to get a room for Passover, and I realized that if I were to see what they were doing I was going to have to find a way to get up on the same level that their room was. You will never guess how pleased I was when I found out that the room across the ally from theirs was available, this was unheard of on Passover. I kind of felt like maybe God wanted me there to see what was going to happen! Would there be more miracles? Would Jesus finally tell us how he was going to take down the Roman empire? I didn’t know, you never knew what Jesus was going to do, which is why it was so exciting!

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Reflections on the Way to the Cross: Wednesday

Today was different than I expected. I gathered with everyone else (Luke 21:38) early in the morning to hear Jesus teach, and of course he was amazing, but today was different.

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Reflections on the Way to the Cross - Tuesday

After all the events of yesterday I could barely sleep! I was excited to catch up with Jesus and his followers just to see what would happen today. When I finally found them they were in the Temple courts, and there was Jesus already surrounded by a crowd of people who were just as eager as me to hear him teach. Before he got started though, here came the Pharisees, still upset over what had happened the day before.

Monday, March 30, 2015

Reflections on the Way to the Cross - Monday

After all of the commotion yesterday, I decided I had to know just who this Jesus was. I mean yesterday he rode an unbroken colt right through the middle of the city! Yeah, I said unbroken! Who does that? Well he did it, and I saw it with my own eyes! And then with all the people shouting “Hosanna!” and laying down palm branches and such, well honestly I have never seen anything like it! Even when Pilate goes through town, he never gets a reception like that. It was amazing! I had goosebumps the whole time, which told me something big was about to go down! So I decided to follow him from a distance, just to kinda watch what was going on, maybe to see if this guy was for real.