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5 Solas (+2)

Introduction by Pastor David Lenz October 31st marks the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation. Out of this era came five rallying cries that express foundational convictions of Protestant Christianity. They...

With Grateful Hearts

As we sense this season of ministry drawing to a close, our hearts are filled with gratitude. Early in our ministry I remember a wise friend telling us, "Don't let...

Answering God’s “Go!”

As I stepped into this summer I didn't have concrete plans of what my three months off of school would look like. I had spent the past two summers working...

Safe Water

A few weeks ago I spent 4 nights camping "up north," being lulled to sleep each evening by the sound of the water tumbling over rocks in the river nearby....

Let’s Pray Now

1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you. I have long been captivated by the...

The Holy Spirit Is Real

Before Jesus left earth, he promised the Holy Spirit to live in us continually. He is the comforter, who would bear our burdens, urge us to pray, or pray for...

Prayer at Family Camp

As someone who didn't grow up going to camp, I was very excited to experience Family Camp at Hope Shores. I didn't know what to expect, but knew that it...

Hospitality

We won't  just share space. We will cross over + share life. We won't just serve. We will cross over + befriend. What is hospitality? The American Heritage Dictionary defines it as...

First-Time Visitor

Two things happened as I worshiped on July 16 at the Downtown Presbyterian Church in Nashville, Tennessee. The first thing has to do with being a visitor. It's harder than it...

Gathering to Share Life

Sometimes Sunday mornings are hard. It is hard to wake up early on a day off and get everyone out the door. Wouldn't it be easier just to stay in...