A Spirit of Power

April 23, 2017 • Jerry Shaffer

The promise of the Holy Spirit was a promise of something better, and yet Jesus’ followers mourned, because they didn’t understand. How often does God try to do something wonderful in our lives, but we resist and mourn, because it isn’t what we wanted or asked for? The Holy Spirit was given so that we would never lose our intimate connection with God in the midst of our confusing and broken world. So stop and breathe — let’s wait to sense God’s Holy Spirit speaking to our hearts and leading us toward Him.

Easter 2017 - What Did You Expect?

April 16, 2017 • Jerry Shaffer

Even after the resurrection of Jesus, the disciples kept asking him, “Lord, has the time come for you to free Israel and restore our kingdom?” (Acts 1:6b, NLT) They were still expecting something that simply wasn’t going to happen. Why are our expectations so often in stark contrast to our experiences within the Kingdom of God? Jesus has given some pretty clear promises through his life and word — so why are they so hard for us to figure out and apply to our lives? Perhaps a fresh look at the trial, torture, execution and resurrection of Jesus will help us cast a new vision of what life can be, should be, and what we can expect.

All That Glitters

April 9, 2017 • Jerry Shaffer

It’s amazing the difference a week can make. One week for Jesus started with a proclamation, “Hail the King of Israel!” It ended with, “Crucify him! Crucify him!” How quickly people’s attitudes shift with circumstances and situations. If Jesus had said something — anything — would they have listened? Would we?


April 2, 2017 • Tony Dahlin

The life, death and resurrection of Jesus was the fulfillment of all that God had planned, promised and foreshadowed. This news — these stories of a savior — can bring us life-altering, life-forming lessons and insight. Too often, though, they only evoke memories of Sunday school, coloring pages and Christian cartoons. As we approach Easter, let’s slow down and look more closely at the classic stories of Jesus, and how they can impact the course for our lives and give us confidence to face our circumstances and future with hope.