"I can imagine Lazarus in the tomb, his body beginning to decay and bound with the robes and stench of death. With His word 'Lazarus, come out!' Lazarus was given resurrected life by Jesus. However, it was what Jesus said afterwards that caught me off guard. He said: 'Take off the grave clothes and let him go.' Ok, so it's not what He said that surprised me, but who it is said to."Read More
Doctors told us they weren't sure if she would survive the pregnancy. This also put Jacob's life in jeopardy. We asked for everyone at church to pray for our family. God answered that prayer and Madison miraculously started to grow. When Madison was born, she weighed 3 pounds and Jacob weighed 5 pounds 8 ounces. Because of her weight, Madison had to stay in the NICU until the doctors felt that she was completely healthy. My wife, Andrea, and I were so relieved and thankful. Unfortunately, it was short lived.Read More
"Listening and seeking to understand others generates the empathy that we need to overcome all the ways that we try to hurt one another. Stigma, shame, prejudice, discrimination, oppression... Our relationship with God empowers us to love. Love propels us to pursue those in need and to listen with open hearts to the stories of human experience with respect with no strings attached." Read more on how to actively love and support those in need during a time of crisis by simply listening.Read More
"This is our mandate in the Church – Welcoming all, preaching the Kingdom of God and the life found in Jesus with all openness. Unhindered."
Alan Chambers spoke at the Washington National Cathedral this week as part of its Pride Week. He shared his heavy heart following the Pulse shooting and spoke about God's lavish grace, the LGBTQ+ community and the role of the church to pursue to love and welcome all people.
"Our focus is on Christ. The power of our stories comes from our relationship with Christ and outflows from our circumstances."Read More
"Perhaps the primary reason why relating to God is so mysterious and amazing is that God himself is intriguing – He is never dull, never one-sided, and never unhealthy. Yet, honestly, I still find myself in limbo from time to time where my relationship with Him seems distant and impersonal. " Read More.Read More
"My idea of family was so wrong. My focus was never in the right place even when I thought I was doing the right thing as a Christian. My membership card did nothing but sit in my wallet. It didn't make me feel accepted for who I was or loved beyond measure. It just occupied a slot. My attempts at creating the environment I craved were pointless. I wandered from relationship to relationship trying to find the person who would be able to create that with me."Read More
"I couldn't will myself to make my veins work. I couldn't will myself to make my white blood cells high enough to get treatment. It's just me and God. I have no control over anything and I was angry about that because I felt like I was not who I used to be. And then it dawn on me. I never had control to begin with.Read More
"I felt like all I ever did was screw up. I started to hate myself all over again. I never felt close to God, because I thought He viewed me with the same hatred that I had for myself. Knowing what I know now, I understand that the problem was that I had deeply rooted baggage that simply going to church couldn't fix. Then something happened that changed my life."Read More
Baptism Sunday! Congratulations to Austin and Savannah!Read More
Read more about the significance of baptism and to register to be water baptized on April 24th.Read More
View the teams at our first semi-annual bowling competition!Read More
This Sunday, Pastor Javin van Kaam will begin his 2 part series leading upto Easter Sunday titled "Unexpected". Anytime we anticipate God, He shows up...but He does so in unexpected ways. Join us as we learn and celebrate the event that forever changed humanity and it's history. The Jesus narrative.Read More
Our offices are closed on Fridays and the building is normally empty. But for the last couple of weeks, there has been a lot of activity happening here, from construction to setting up for Sunday. However, today has been the first Friday since I've been here that it has been completely empty. And then it struck me. This place will never feels empty.Read More
Zombies are all around us. They are in our schools, our neighborhoods, and work places. I know this because I used to be one. Pastor Javin van KaamRead More