Prayer Unlocks Your Inner Gifts – September 28th, 2018 - A friend of mine recently got a Tesla Model 3 electric car. It is a pretty impressive machine that in my opinion is the future of the automobile industry. I asked him what he liked and disliked about his car and he shared something very interesting with me. One feature he loved was the semi-autonomous driving feature, which allowed him a nearly driverless driving experience but he was only able to use the feature for a month on a trial basis. I thought that was interesting and asked if he had to go back to the dealership and have them uninstall the feature after the trial was over. The weird part is that he didn’t! The feature just expired after 30 days. The interesting part Read More
Wisdom and Generosity – September 21, 2018 - There is a story by an unknown author that goes like this: A wise woman who was traveling in the mountains found a precious stone in a stream. The next day she met another traveler who was hungry, and the wise woman opened her bag to share her food. The hungry traveler saw the precious stone and asked the woman to give it to him. She did so without hesitation. The traveler left, rejoicing in his good fortune. He knew the stone was worth enough to give him security for a lifetime. But a few days later he came back to return the stone to the wise woman. “I’ve been thinking,” he said, “I know how valuable the stone is, but I give it back Read More
What More Can I Give? – September 7th, 2018 - One of my favorite books growing up was The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein. It is a fantastic book with a wonderful message about how giving can make us happy. As an adult reading the book to my sons I have also been looking at another side to the story. The tree which has been giving and giving has never fully satisfied the “appetite” of the man that keeps asking of it. So I have been asking myself what has the man given back to the tree? I guess the supposed reciprocation from the man is that of companionship to the tree, but is that truly an equal reciprocation? In my life I have witnessed a very similar relationship between myself and God. Our God is very Read More
Press on Towards the Goal – August 31st, 2018 - I remember when I was a kid in elementary school we would have these fundraisers where if we were to sell a certain number of magazines, candy, or other products we would be eligible to win prizes like a Sony Walkman, Nintendo Gameboy, or some other hot item of the day. I would go home with the flier dreaming about all the cool stuff I would get, but pretty soon reality would set in and I would realize that those hot items, while rather enticing, were often difficult to achieve. In the end I would settle for a light up yo-yo that would break within a couple of minutes of use. Probably wasn't the best message to communicate to a generation about setting goals. Hanging Read More
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