The Life of Christmas Present – December 14th, 2018 - "Enjoy it while it lasts." This is a statement that has been echoed throughout time to many of us as we are experiencing a new born child, a new career, our youth, or many other wonderful things. It is a statement made to us so that we take a moment to pause and appreciate what we have in the present. Why is it so hard for us to appreciate what we have in the present. Is it that we are stuck in the past or maybe because we are looking forward to the future? In my opinion it is that we are limited by our perspective. In "The Christmas Carol", after being visited by the Ghost of Christmas Past, Ebenezer Scrooge is visited by jolly Read More
The Ghosts of Christmas Past – December 7th, 2018 - What is your fondest Christmas memory? Mine took place one Christmas when I was 8 years old. It wasn't because it was the Christmas that I got a NES (Nintendo Entertainment System), but it was that I spent that Christmas Eve and day with my cousins at my grandparent's house. We had just finished watching, Santa Claus: The Movie, and decided that we would try to make our own Christmas movie that year. What I do remember about our Christmas movie was that it was about a young boy that wanted Santa Claus to bring home his military father from overseas. As I recall that Christmas I have several regrets. I regret that we didn't record it or at least take pictures of that night. I Read More
Bah! Humbug! – November 30th, 2018 - Charles Dickens' immortal classic, The Christmas Carol, is a staple of the Christmas season. It is a story that has been told and retold in many different ways from a black and white, silent film in 1908 to a modern day CGI film produced by Disney in 200   9. What is your favorite film adaption of the classic? Mine is and has always been Mickey's A Christmas Carol. It is an adaption I enjoyed watching as a kid and still enjoy to this day watching it with my boys.   No matter what adaption you enjoy the greatest message of the story is the redemption of Ebenezer Scrooge. Scrooge is an old miser who responds to the joy of the Christmas season with, "Bah! Humbug!" He doesn't Read More
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