Mercy: A Recap
April 17th, 2021
Last month, the women at West Hills: San Jose held a seminar focused on mercy. This blog is a recap for any who might have missed, or who would like to review that content afresh.What do you believe a...
A Prayer for Our Church
March 8th, 2021
Church family,Most of us are not in the habit of reading other peoples prayers. And yet the apostles assumed that prayer was a thing to be learned from examples (Luke 11:1). As we have been teaching t...
The Power for Mortification
February 1st, 2021
Yesterday I preached on the true mortification of sin. Today it’s Monday, I’m in my office, and I want to pursue holiness.Whenever I begin to think deeply about putting my own sin to death, I deal wit...
Take a Step Back and Float with Me
January 27th, 2021
For the past month we have been unpacking Colossians chapter 2, verse by verse, thought by thought, to understand Paul’s main point. The good thing about moving slowly is you are able to consider each...
Tending the Soul for the Growth of Grace
December 31st, 2020
I am rereading John Owen’s Mortification of Sin for the millionth time (obviously an exaggeration), and I just came across one of my favorite passages. He is in the middle of explaining why putting si...
Meanwhile, Behind the Scenes
December 10th, 2020
“In those days a decree went out from Caesar Augustus that all the world should be registered.” – Luke 2:1Last night after dinner, with candles lit and the Christmas tree glowing, my family and I read...
Joy that Made the Mountains
October 6th, 2020
By awesome deeds you answer us with righteousness,O God of our salvation,the hope of all the ends of the earthand of the farthest seas;the one who by his strength established the mountains,being girde...
Reasons to Rejoice
September 10th, 2020
Dealing with discouragement? Come to the fountain and drink… God is for you (Rom 8:31)Your true citizenship is in heaven (Phil 3:20)God will never forsake you (Psalm 37:28)God has blessed you with eve...
Encouragement for Sisters in Lockdown
August 19th, 2020
By Jeanine CamachoDear Sisters of the church,You are daily on my mind and heart. I love you and pray for you often, as I know you love and pray for the church as well. During this unique season, all o...
The Power of the Tongue
August 3rd, 2020
For the Lord’s day sermon on August 2, 2020, I compiled a list of verses describing the power of the tongue for good or for evil. As I considered what Scripture said about this, I was shocked by how g...
How to Honor Christ when You Disagree with the Government
May 18th, 2020
I recently received an email from a thoughtful, godly member of our church, who has deep disagreements with the shelter in place order and wanted some counsel on how to express this disagreement in a ...
Why We Are Waiting to Take the Lord's Supper
May 13th, 2020
Among the many questions churches have been forced to consider since the Shelter in Place order, the question of whether or not we should take “virtual” communion together is among the most fascinatin...