Wonderfully Made

There’s a word used to describe the experience of getting a song stuck in your head. It’s called an earworm. It’s Vacation Bible School week. I have an earworm. “ There is a God who made it all-everything we see. He built the mountains, filled the oceans, and he built me. He is with me. He is for me. I am not alone. ” This is the song that has been playing on repeat in my head ever since day one of VBS. It’s a catchy little anthem based on this... Read More
Posted by Communications Ministry at Thursday, June 15, 2017 | 1 comments
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The Wind of the Spirit

There are some things in life that you can’t put in a box and confine or control just the way you’d like. The third person of the Trinity is one of those things, and this is captured in one of the words the Bible uses to describe the Holy Spirit. An Old Testament word for the Spirit of God is the Hebrew word, ruah . It means, among other things, a wind.  One day Jesus says to a guy named Nicodemus, "The wind blows where it wishes, and you hear its sound, but you do... Read More
Posted by Communications Ministry at Thursday, June 8, 2017 | 4 comments
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What The Spirit Is Doing In Us

With school wrapping up and graduation ceremonies either coming up or just over, it’s time to witness the work of the Holy Spirit this summer. This Sunday is Pentecost Sunday. It remembers the day when the Spirit of God was given personally to the disciples following Jesus’ death and resurrection.  I hope that you will join us as we celebrate this historical Scripture story and open ourselves up to the Holy Spirit within us once again.  While we remember... Read More
Posted by Communications Ministry at Thursday, June 1, 2017 | 0 comments
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Three Words on the Holy Spirit

As we move into summer, our church family is learning together to wait for and welcome the Holy Spirit in our lives. In this sermon series, " Come Holy Spirit ", there are three words that help describe my own experience. 1. Longing . I long to be able to say with David, "my soul thirsts for God, for the living God" (Psalm 42:2). There is so much more of the Holy Spirit to be understood and experienced, and I know that to be true of my life. 2. Apprehension. ... Read More
Posted by Communications Ministry at Thursday, May 25, 2017 | 1 comments
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Rise & Go

Last Sunday in my sermon I mentioned that our Scattered  sermon series was sponsored by Waffle House, home of the “scattered, smothered, covered, gathered, and chunked” hash browns. Thank you to the four people who laughed at my attempt at a joke. (For the record, there are 1,572,864 ways to order your hashbrowns at Waffle House...) Sometimes I test my jokes at home before using them Sunday morning. More often than not, my wife will give me just enough of a laughing... Read More
Posted by Communications Ministry at Thursday, May 11, 2017 | 1 comments
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New Logo, Same Mission

Perception can be an uncomfortable thing to talk about. There is a voice inside of us that says, “I don’t care what others think of me.” While at the same time another voice inside says, “I want people to know me for who I am.” We desire to be known, and we want to be known for what is important to us. Maybe you want to be known for your love for your family, selflessness, friendliness, wisdom, or style. Whatever it is you want to be known for, your life first has... Read More
Posted by Zack House at Wednesday, May 10, 2017 | 2 comments
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Committing to Prayer

In 1775, the Continental Congress called for a day of "humility, fasting, and prayer" to be observed in the forming of a new nation. Drawing on this legacy, Congress recommended a day of prayer and fasting on behalf of our country every spring. This tradition held fast until President Harry Truman signed a bill in 1952 designating an annual National Day of Prayer. Today millions of Christ followers join together in praying for our beloved country and for our leaders,... Read More
Posted by Communications Ministry at Thursday, May 4, 2017 | 1 comments
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Easter at Highland Park Pres

This is the first year Ali and I feel like our three-year-old twins are absorbing some of the Easter story. Sure, there are some Easter bunny anecdotes thrown in, but last week they came home from church talking about how Jesus died because he loves us. Then last night at bedtime I asked my son Wheeler what Easter meant to him. He said, “It means that Daddy's mommy is in heaven with God.” Seriously, cue the tissues. On that first Easter morning in the year 30... Read More
Posted by Communications Ministry at Thursday, April 13, 2017 | 0 comments
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You're Invited … To Yield Control

Control. It may be the deepest idol of all. Ever since Satan first lured Adam and Eve with the promise “to be like God,” we have longed to throw off our creaturely limitations and dependence in exchange for a God-like power over our lives. We can treat many good things as though they were God, but this idol promises to make us like God. Yet as Bryan pointed out throughout this series, idols always promise more than they provide. This giant leap upward always leads to a great... Read More
Posted by Communications Ministry at Thursday, April 6, 2017 | 2 comments
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The Idol of Success

Last week I joined our Genesis Choir at their rehearsal. They were practicing a song for this coming Sunday called Adoro Te Devote  (I Devoutly Adore You), written as a eucharistic prayer by Thomas Aquinas. I was so moved hearing our students sing these words, “ Lord Jesus .... wash my filth and clean me with your blood, one drop of which can free the entire world of all its sins. ” I hope you can join us this Sunday as we come to the communion table, remembering the... Read More
Posted by Communications Ministry at Thursday, March 30, 2017 | 1 comments
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