Christ the Cornerstone – August 16th, 2018 - Do you understand the scriptural significance of our church’s name, Cornerstone? The prophet Isaiah shared the good news of the coming messiah that would be the “cheif cornerstone” for which all of God’s people would be built upon (Isaiah 28:16-17). The Apostle Paul declared that messiah to be Jesus Christ (Ephesians 2:19-22). Let’s take a look at that verse now: 19 So now you are no longer strangers and aliens. Rather, you are fellow citizens with God’s people, and you belong to God’s household. 20 As God’s household, you are built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets with Christ Jesus himself as the cornerstone. 21 The whole building is joined together in him, and it grows up into a temple that is dedicated Read More
Bread from Heaven – August 9th, 2018 - This morning I am sitting in the Fellowship Area of the church drinking a cup of coffee and looking out into the B. Still Prayer Garden while the rain comes down. I love this! This is such a wonderful relief from the hot summer we have had so far. I love summertime, but I am already looking forward to the fall. Our very warm summer has me looking forward to crisp autumn days, Pumpkin Patch, football games, and pumpkin spice everything! For my two boys Summer is almost over, they begin school next week and we have already begun the process of getting them ready for the back to school schedule. Although they are heading back to school and summer vacation is ending for them, Read More
Acceptance – July 5th 2018 - Since January 2018 I have been meeting with and having coffee with many of the folks that have visited our church. We discuss a lot of different things from, who I am to what Cornerstone is all about. One common topic that is often discussed, although not always phrased this way is, "will the people of Cornerstone accept me?" I think it is very sad that that question ever has to be asked of a church, but the reality is that the Christian church has had a history and sometimes still does of being very judgmental and exclusionary. This is not what Jesus taught and it should not be who we are. Acceptance should be the one thing that anyone should expect from the church, Read More
Are You Ready for Adventure? – June 28th, 2018 - This coming Sunday we will begin our sermon series which will focus on the 5 themes of “Rolling River Rampage” Vacation Bible School that we will be hosting from July 23-27. This Sunday’s theme is “Find Adventure in the River”. The corresponding verse for this theme comes from Matthew 4:18-25: 18 As Jesus walked alongside the Galilee Sea, he saw two brothers, Simon, who is called Peter, and Andrew, throwing fishing nets into the sea, because they were fishermen.19 “Come, follow me,” he said, “and I’ll show you how to fish for people.” 20 Right away, they left their nets and followed him. 21 Continuing on, he saw another set of brothers, James the son of Zebedee and his brother John. They were in a boat with Zebedee their Read More
Transitions – May 25th, 2018 - This past Sunday we concluded the worship series portion of “Renovate” but the real task of “Renovate” has just begun. Now more than ever we need everyone at Cornerstone to go all in for the mission at hand. We have a goal to raise $60,000 in order to make updates to the facilities so that we can be better equipped for making disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world. A big focus of the updates to our facility is to refresh, rejuvenate, and reinvigorate our home to welcome our neighbors to theirs! This weekend I will be sending you information and a template for how you can help us in this campaign.  You may be wondering what sort of updates we are Read More
Renovate – Evangelism (May 3rd, 2018) - The other day I was walking into Home Depot to purchase new locks for our doors at home. When I walked in I was immediately approached by a man wanting to schedule for me a water test at my home. I tired to kindly tell him no but his immediate response was, "Aren't you afraid of what your kids may be drinking in the water at your home?" I was kind of upset with his comment. It seemed as though he was using a scare tactic to get me to purchase a product and he had no idea what the water at my home is like. To play off of my fears or even to make it sound like I was a bad father just Read More
Renovate – Scaffolding (April 12th, 2018) - I have an affinity for architecture. When I was younger becoming an architect was one career I dreamed of becoming. That never happened, but to this day I still have a great appreciation of new and old buildings and seeing the craftsmanship that goes into designing and building them. A few years back my wife, Michelle, and I celebrated our 10th wedding anniversary with a trip to Chicago.  It was exciting to visit iconic buildings such as Willis Tower (formerly Sears Tower), the John Hancock Center, and Wrigley Field. I also like to visit historic churches as well. One church that I was looking forward to seeing was the 4th Presbyterian Church located in the Magnificent Mile neighborhood of downtown Chicago. This church was designed Read More
Renovate – April 4th, 2018 - Acts 2:42-47 & 4:32-35 is where my mind goes when I think of an ideal church. These verses describe the first church and the intimate fellowship maintained by the first Christians. I remember about 7 years ago sitting with a small group of high school seniors discussing these very same verses. During our discussion we talked about how wonderful it would be to be a part of a church like that, but also what sort of sacrifice would be involved as well. One young man by the name of Carter said to the group, "I think we have all experienced this before..." The rest of the group looked at him puzzled, because they did not feel the state of the church to which they all Read More
Rehab – Recovery (March 9th, 2018) - Hey friends, this has been an exciting week at Cornerstone and I am even more excited to tell you about some new and exciting things... but not yet! I will talk about one of those things this Sunday during worship but the rest will have to wait. Anyhow, today I want to share a bit about the scripture we will be covering this Sunday during worship. One of the most well know verses of our bible is John 3:16, "God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him won’t perish but will have eternal life." This verse is wonderful, but I believe it comes alive in our in lives when we understand it in its context. Read More
Rehab – Program (March 2nd, 2018) - Check out the video of the edition of this blog post on our YouTube page: https://youtu.be/Nk6hiesI-sg A couple of years ago while I was an associate pastor at Wylie United Methodist Church I was preaching at one of the worship services when I noticed that a young girl, about 10 years old, in the first couple of rows. She was paying close attention throughout the service and making notes on the church bulletin. After the service was over she approached me and I could tell she had something she wanted to ask. She started off by saying that shetruly enjoyed my sermon but was bothered that she wasn't able to "check off" everything during the service. "Check off?", I thought to myself. It turned out Read More