God created us for a purpose that begins with a continuous experience of His great love for us.  It finds its fulfillment as we represent Him and His kingdom to the world around us.  No matter where we are in our journey God stands ready to guide us into the full expression of His plan and purposes for our lives.  Come and explore God's next step for you! 

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Keyhole Theology and the Limitations of Personal Experience - October 2016


Several years ago I was reading a book by Os Guinness entitled, God in the Dark.  It was a provocative read that dealt with the issue of doubt and the Christian life.  Surprisingly, Guinness had a decidedly different take on doubt and in many ways saw it as a positive, if not inevitable occurrence within the Christian life.  It is a worthwhile read.  The reason I bring it up today is because of an illustration he used in the book that has always stayed with me.  He recounts the story of a family of nobility who had a number of servants who ran the estate.  They were allowed the run of the property with the exception of certain rooms where only the family were allowed.  On occasion curiosity would overpower them and they would peer through the keyhole to catch a glimpse of what was happening in the room.  A perfectly human response. Guinness would go on to talk about the error in the...

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The Discipline of Celebration

By Pastor Bruce Kotila

Psalm 103:1-5; Matthew 6:31-34; Galatians 5:22-23; Philippians 4:4  “Bless the Lord, O my soul; and all that is within me, bless His holy name.  Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget none of His benefits; who pardons all your iniquities; who heals all your diseases; who redeems your life from the pit; who crowns you with loving-kindness and compassion; who satisfies your years with good things, so that your youth is renewed like the eagle” (Psalm 103:1-5) ... More

The Discipline of Guidance

By Pastor Bruce Kotila

“When he puts forth all his own, he goes before them, and the sheep follow him because they know his voice.  And a stranger they simply will not follow, but will flee from him, because they do not know the voice of strangers” (John 10:4-5) “Without consultation, plans are frustrated, but with many counselors they succeed” (Proverbs 15:22) “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and do not lean on your own understanding.  In all your ways acknowledge ... More

The Discipline of Worship

By Pastor Bruce Kotila

John 4:20-24; Ezekiel 44:15-16; Micah 6:8 “But an hour is coming, and now is, when the true worshipers shall worship the Father in spirit and truth; for such people the Father seeks to be His worshipers.  God is spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth” (John 4:23-24). “I urge you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies a living and holy sacrifice, acceptable to God, which is your spiritual service of ... More

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