no expiration date

You have been born again, not of perishable seed but of imperishable, through the living and abiding word of God; for “All flesh is like grass and all its glory like the flower of grass. The grass withers, and the flower falls, but the word of the Lord remains forever.”  And this word is the good news that was preached to you. (1 Peter 1:23-25)

There are six people in my house. don’t drink milk, because it’s gross. That leaves five milk consumers. Those five milk consumers go through, on average, four million gallons of milk per month. Or at least it seems like that. We buy milk every single time we go to the store, and still we run out every time before we get to the store again. No gallon of milk ever comes close to expiring in my fridge. Yet still, when we shop for milk, we try to find the “freshest” gallon we can – the gallon farthest from its expiration date. You do the same thing, I’m sure. (more…)

why camp matters

Here at Capitol City, we invest a lot in summer camp experiences for our children and students. For three weeks this summer, our students and leaders will travel to camps in Nebraska, Colorado, and Wyoming for experiences that we have been planning and praying for over the last year. My own children (at least, those who are of camp age) are excited to be a part of these weeks. As parents, Kristen and I are eager to send them. On top of that, as a pastor I believe wholeheartedly in these kinds of experiences. I think so much of what church camp can do in the life of a young person that I am traveling to Wyoming with our high school group next month to help lead the camp.

Why am I so convinced that camp matters? Why do I encourage other parents to send their children to camp? Here are three reasons. (more…)

a prayer for standing firm in true grace

By Silvanus, a faithful brother as I regard him, I have written briefly to you, exhorting and declaring that this is the true grace of God. Stand firm in it.

– 1 Peter 5:12

Lord God:

Only your true grace is sure footing on the shifting, sinking, sandy paths of life. Adversaries will come against us. Temptations will ensnare us. Doubt and unbelief will divert us. As we journey toward our heavenly city, every step along our way will be fraught with peril. (more…)