JOY in the Next Step of Faith

By , Contributing Writer| June 24th, 2016|

“The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom, and knowledge of the Holy One is understanding.” (Proverbs 9:10) As Jeff says frequently in his sermons, “God loves us enough to meet us where we are, but he also loves us enough to not let us stay there.” He wants to transform not only our eternity, but [...]

Learning to Trust the Father

By , Pastoral Care Pastor| June 20th, 2016|

Last week I put up a canopy in my four-year-old daughter’s room thinking I’d score some serious husband/dad points with my wife and kid.  Sure enough, my daughter loved it!  She was ecstatic.  A little too ecstatic.  She jumped up on her bed running around in circles and quickly proceeded to get herself tangled up [...]

Reluctant Connection Leads to Transformation

By , Contributing Writer| June 14th, 2016|

Recently I had the privilege to talk to Derik Torres, who is the Worship Leader for Chase Oaks En Español.  You may know him for his incredible vocal talent.  In the short time that he and his wife April have been a part of Chase Oaks, they are making a tremendous impact in our community. [...]

New Series: “Little Big Shots”

By , Groups Pastor| June 10th, 2016|

You don’t always need a lot of words to make a big difference. In fact, sometimes the smallest statements make the greatest impact. Did you know there are only 272 words in the Gettysburg Address? After reading all 195,954 words of Great Expectations in high school (okay, confession time, I didn’t get through all of [...]

Connected by Grace

By , Contributing Writer| June 3rd, 2016|

In 1969, a high school Boy Scout by the name of George Lucas walked up and down the aisles at Memorial Stadium in Columbia, Missouri selling Coca Colas to the fans.  By doing so, he earned money for an upcoming trip to camp.  He was earning money in the stands where his favorite team, the Mizzou [...]