How do Christians increase in character and virtue? What makes their relationship with Christ grow in depth and authenticity? Why are some believers so fruitful in their spiritual life? How did they get that way? 2 Peter 1:3-11 is an amazingly helpful portion of scripture when it comes to answering these questions. In these verses, the Apostle Peter explains, the power, t...Keep Reading
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At the ACC after-school tutoring program a few weeks ago Pastor David casually mentioned to me that he and Sobeyda were going to be hosting a refugee family from El Salvador. My heart jumped with excitement...what an opportunity for ACC to show the love of God! I also was encouraged by their willingness to share their living space with strangers, knowing they give so much already as a Pastor and Counselor. The next day Carolina and her almost 11 year old son Onandy arrived....
There is a famous photograph taken in 1937 that records the launch of a newly built ship for the German navy. In the picture, hundreds of shipyard workers have their arms extended in a Nazi salute. If you look closely at the photo, however, you will find one man with a smirk on his face, standing with his arms folded defiantly across his chest. The worker has been identifi...Keep Reading
Years ago a friend gave me a copy of Dietrich Bonhoeffer's book,Life Together. I have since read it more than once and would list it as one of the most important Christian books I own. Dietrich Bonhoeffer was a Lutheran pastor who lived in Germany during the rise of the Third Reich. A critic of the Nazi party, Bonhoeffer had escaped Germany to study overseas and landed a ...Keep Reading
According to Scripture, God clearly wants his people to call on him in prayer (Matt. 7:7-8; Eph. 6:18; Col. 4:2). But have you ever wondered why God wants us to pray? The Bible describes God as all-knowing, all-powerful, and never-failing in his love. So, if God knows what's best for us, has unlimited power to work in our lives, and loves us dearly, why does he require us...Keep Reading