Monthly Archives: February 2015

Love is…

Love is patient and kind. Love is not jealous or boastful or proud or rude. It does not demand its own way. It is not irritable, and it keeps no record of being wronged. It does not rejoice about injustice but rejoices whenever the truth wins out. Love never gives up, never loses faith, is always hopeful, and endures through every circumstance.  I Corinthians 13:4-7

This Valentines Day, let’s remember what real love is. I hope you have a great day celebrating with the ones you love.





You Heard It Here First…

It’s been awhile since I’ve been this excited about launching a new ministry at ACC. I am so pumped!

It begins on Sunday night, April 12. Many more details will be forthcoming but, for now, here is a sneak peek: Christianity Explored.

I hope you’ll consider jumping on board and prayerfully consider who you might invite to join you!



Oasis Winter Retreat

This weekend is our annual High School Winter Retreat. We leave around dinner time tonight and will be home before dinner on Sunday. Students are really looking forward to the extended time together. We’ll have time to go snowtubing/sledding, ice skating, cross country skiing, play broomball, and more. When we get too cold, we’ll sit near the fireplace, play some games, and talk. In addition to all that, we’ll have 4 sessions that will include worship and a Bible lesson. There’s rarely a dull moment.

Trips like this are super valuable for the spiritual development of our students. The chance to get away from the distractions of everyday life and tune into God is huge. I’m praying that God would use this weekend to do some big things in the lives of our students. Would you join me in praying? Here are a few specifics to pray about:

1 – Safety as we travel and in all our activities.

2 – Healthy group dynamics. We want to avoid the distractions of petty fighting, misunderstandings, etc.

3 – Our teaching times. We’ll have large group teaching times and small group discussions.

4 – Follow through. We don’t want this experience to be a spiritual high followed by a crash and burn when they get home. Please pray for students to follow through on commitments and to bring the retreat home with them.




Yesterday, February 1 was a snowy and cold Sunday. As a result, our attendance was about cut in half but those who were able to attend were encouraged and blessed by the teaching of Chris Modrzejewski as he preached from 1 Peter 2:4-12.

Here is what I walked away with:

  • The center of God’s activity in the world used to be the temple in Jerusalem – now it’s me! (And you and anybody else who is place their trust in Jesus.)


  • Jesus is the one and only cornerstone, not a cornerstone among many cornerstones. (Acts 4:12)


  • My basic problem is not that my desire for sin is too strong but that my desire for God is too weak.


  • If you want to avoid an obstacle in the road – you have to look away from it; if you continue staring at it, you will run right over it. The lesson: I can’t focus on the sin in my life in order to get rid of it – I need to place my focus on God.


  • Knowledge of God’s word and growing in my understanding of God will help to increase my desire for God.


  • Chris and his team are taking our high school students on their winter retreat this coming weekend – we should be praying for them.


  • Jesus was rejected by men, but honored by God. We should expect no different for ourselves.


  • Don’t underestimate sin – it wants to destroy me!


  • My exhibiting grace under pressure could inspire others to cross the line of faith.


  • Christ wins and we are on his team!


Have you listened to the podcast yet? If not, do it!