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
Rehab – Intervention (February 23rd, 2018) - This week is the second week of our Lenten Worship series, "Rehab". I will admit when I was first introduced to the idea of a worship series called "Rehab", I wasn't very excited about it. When I think of the term rehab, I think about the moments in life when we are at our lowest, the moments in life when we are fighting to be restored. That is not exactly a worship series that sounds very hopeful, but maybe that is the point of Lent. Maybe this is a time of year when we can admit our brokenness and seek restoration. On of the biggest reason people struggling with addiction decline rehab is that most don’t think they actually have a problem. They tell themselves Read More
Rehab – Wilderness (February 16th, 2018) - When I was in high school I received an injury to my upper thigh during a high school football game. At first I thought it wasnothing more than a simple Charley Horse that required just a little stretching. After the game I iced it a bit but went to bed without thinking much more of it. The next morning I woke up and I couldn't even bend my leg. The muscle had tightened up so much that I couldn't do anything. No matter how hard I tried to bend the leg, I was unable. I ended up going through 2 months of rehab for an injury that I thought was nothing. During our lives many of us will go through many forms of rehabilitation, from Read More
Best Year Yet – New Vision (February 9th, 2018) - I personally want to thank everyone at Cornerstone for the wonderful birthday wishes this past Sunday and of course the beautiful altar flowers given in my honor. Birthdays are wonderful but they also remind me that as I get older it becomes more and more important for me to build and leave a legacy for others. In our text this Sunday we will be looking at Elijah and Elisha, two prophets from the Book of Kings (2 Kings 2:1-12).  In the passage Elijah has told Elisha that it is time for him to go up to Heaven. Throughout the passage it is known that Elijah will not be there forever and Elisha is the chosen successor. Elisha however would prefer that his master stay. This Read More
Best Year Yet – New Maps (February 2nd, 2018) - New Maps Imagine you have been selected for a top secret mission. You are told to travel to a new destination that you have never been to and you are given an outdated map to get there. Would you try to take a trip to an new destination completely relying on an outdated map? If your like me you wouldn't. Although the map wouldn't be completely unhelpful, it might not be efficient or even accurate. That is because the roads and highways are constantly changing. The church has been given a top secret mission by Jesus Christ. We are told to go out and make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world. For over 20 centuries churches have been on this mission Read More