Race and Grace

This morning at Restoration Church we walked through Ephesians 2:11-22. In this popular passage, Paul deals with the issue of race and grace (listen here). Many have asked us why we take so much time talking about this “social” issue. First, let me be clear. This is NOT a social issue, it is a sinful issue. The reason we spend so much time talking about it is because Christ spent so much time talking about it. It’s that simple. We concluded this morning that we, as believers, must develop some basic gospel rhythm’s if we are going to be the church...

Prayer with My Preschoolers

Praying with a preschooler is challenging. Teaching them how to pray is even more difficult. Here is a quick prayer that I pray with my preschoolers. I share it with you to help you see how simple I try to keep it. Father, You are good, patient, and kind. Thank you for loving me so much that you sent Jesus to die in my place. Help me grow up grateful for Jesus and His life, death, burial, and resurrection. Forgive me for loving other things more than you. Help me keep you first in my life. Thank you for keeping...

Prepare and Share – My Story

Everyone has a story. Those of us who are believers in the Lord Jesus have a story that needs to be shared. In fact, each time we share our spiritual story (our “testimony”) we bring honor and glory to the God. God delights in His people sharing how they have been rescued and redeemed by Him. One of the greatest ways to bring glory to God is by acknowledging the work that He is doing in our lives and sharing that with others. In order to be effective in this we must be sensitive to the listener by preparing and...

For The City – A serve the city initiative

Why For The City? What would it look like for a church to exist not for itself, but for others? What would the city that church is planted in look like? This is our vision at Restoration Church. We want to be a church that exists for others, not ourselves. At Restoration Church we are committed to God’s greatest commandment: “’Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment.  And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’” We often say,...

Silence and Solitude with the Savior

Silence and Solitude Silence bothers us. We aren’t use to being alone. Many of us desire noise. We want Netflix playing in the background while we clean. Or Pandora spinning tunes while we work out. Silence has escaped us. Solitude is scary. We don’t like the thought of being in a desolate location…especially if it is just us and God. We want to be around people. For some of us we can’t fathom the thought of being alone. Jesus is the ultimate example. He models for us how to love people. In fact, he models for us how to do...

TWO YEARS AND COUNTING…

It’s hard to believe we are approaching our two-year anniversary as a church. On Sunday, May 1, Restoration Church will gather together to celebrate what God is doing. We will be having ONE gathering (10:30am) so we can all celebrate together. In addition to celebrating our two-year anniversary, we will be celebrating many people who will be following Jesus in believer’s baptism (you can sign up here). It’s a true joy to be a part of what God is doing. There are a few things I want to mention as we continue to love the people of the city of...

Is Suffering on Your Grocery List?

Is Suffering on Your Grocery List? You will not find a jar of suffering on the shelf at Target. Why? It’s the obvious- no one would purchase it. Suffering is not something we would look for if it were lost. It is not typically self-inflicted. Suffering is avoided at all cost. We do not like to suffer. However, the Bible has much to say about suffering. It wouldn’t hurt us too much to explore some of the deep truths found in the Bible as we, our church body, suffers. Let’s ask ourselves a few questions: First, Are we willing to...

Brussels, Byron, Burlington Mills, and Beulah Land

Brussels, Byron, Burlington Mills, and Beulah Land  I have never been more dissatisfied with the things of this world than I am this week. On Tuesday, March 22, 2016 the hatred my soul has towards sin intensified. I am sure I am not alone in feeling this way, with most news being so negative each and every day, but let me recount my day: Terror – Brussels (Morning): Our nation is mourning with Belgium after 31 innocent people lost their lives, and 300 people were injured, physically, and countless others emotionally after a handful of suicide bombers invaded the Brussels...

Easter Thoughts

‘Tis the season of pastel colors, blooming flowers, cubbies shorts, tie-dye easter eggs, a ton of rabbits (chocolate rabbits, marshmallow rabbits, plastic rabbits, straw rabbits, etc.), and most importantly, EASTER! Why is Easter one of the most anticipated times of the year for the church? Simply put, this is the one time of the year where individuals and families make attending church a priority. In fact, most of them, if not all of them, will attend church with a family member or friend. After a little research this morning, I have seen statistics as high as 90% of the people...