Month of Prayer (letter from Pastor Dan)

Dear Intercessor, The Lord has given the “gathered” church a remarkable promise for prayer, “Again, truly I tell you that if two of you on earth agree about anything they ask for, it will be done for them by my Father in heaven. For where two or three gather in my name, there am I…

The Identity of Freedom

Appropriately so, I find myself each independence weekend reflecting on the nature of freedom. As we come into this weekend, I find myself reflecting on Paul’s admonition to the Galatian church to stand fast or remain in their place of freedom given in Christ and not become trapped by the bondage they were previously delivered…

A God-sized Assignment

  Almost 17 years ago, I said “yes” to a God-sized assignment that was far beyond my training, experience, and ability. In 1992, I sold my home, gave up a promising career, and moved to Virginia Beach with my wife and two young children to work and pursue a degree in practical theology at Regent University. My original…

Interwoven

Its not a nice idea nor is it simply a good thing to aspire to. Mankind didn’t invent it and sociological research doesn’t inspire it It’s got bigger beginnings, higher purposes, and larger implications than just a group of people answering the question of “Why can’t we all just get along?” It’s more than a…

More than a name

In a small town outside of Chicago a man in his mid 20’s lay in a hospital dying of alcohol addiction and a lifestyle of gang and mafia involvement. Most of his life involved acts of hostility at worst and was socially deplorable at best. Doctors had given up hope of any physical recovery and…

Pentecost

Our greatest privilege in life is to learn to be a person that God will rest upon. He is in us by covenant, and will never leave. The challenge we face is to learn to be people who host the presence of the Lord as our greatest calling in life. When the Lord rests upon…

To Know

I was in Starbucks the other day and I saw a sticker on a man’s computer, “Think education is expensive, try ignorance.” As I bought my $5 latte, this sticker helped me feel a little better about all of my school loans.   But I began to ponder this statement and other concepts surrounding it,…

Empty

Sometimes the impact of an action is found not in the nature of the action itself, but rather in the way that action was done. I’ve found in my walk with God, that it is often not just about what He does, but how He does it.   This Lenten season, we as a church…

Waiting with anticipation

  The greatest challenges in life will produce the greatest defeats and victories. The season of waiting has worked in me like no other. At the core of who I am is a laborer. I love hard work, putting my shoulder to the plow in prayer, the word, and work in general. Oftentimes in the waiting I…

Emptying Yourself This Lent

This week, each time I looked at my wristband and read the word “empty” embossed on it, I prayed a little prayer: “Lord, help me to empty myself.” Lent is a critical time for me to empty my life of those beliefs and practices that keep me from an intimate walk with God. Lent cleanses…

Lent: Goodbye, Ultimate Frisbee. I’ll Miss You.

Originally posted on inrachelswords:
When I was a child, my family celebrated Easter, but as far as I can remember, Lent was never a topic of discussion. It was not until I went to college that it registered for the first time that people “give up” things for Lent. I admired my friends’ commitments not…

1 John 2:15-17 Lent

Do not love the world or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world—the desires of the flesh and the desires of the eyes and pride of life—is not from the Father but is from the world. And the world is passing…