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Doughn't Mess It Up (March 7, 2022)

By Timothy R Butler | Posted at 9:09 PM

Being the church together is hard. How do we know what “ingredients” we need to rise to the calling God has for us?

Songs for Our Temple (Week 10: Psalms 28-30)

By Timothy R Butler | Posted at 3:19 PM

Melanie takes us to an adventure through our next three Psalms (28-30) as we continue going through all 150 Psalms this year on Sunday nights.

Expires Soon (February 28, 2022)

By Timothy R Butler | Posted at 6:47 PM

How do we understand God saying His Word will harden hearts? What does that mean for us?

Songs for Our Temple (Week 9: Psalms 25-27)

By Timothy R Butler | Posted at 10:50 PM

Join me on this uncertain week in our world, we turn to the next three Psalms, which remind of us God’s faithfulness to His people.

On the Battle Front (February 21, 2022)

By Timothy R Butler | Posted at 3:53 PM

Are we called by God? Do we understand our calling any more clearly by way of Isaiah’s?

Songs for Our Temple (Week 8: Psalms 22-24)

By Timothy R Butler | Posted at 7:54 PM

Jim Krenning shares from Psalms 22-24 — some of the most familiar words in the Psalms — this week as we continue our exploration of the Psalms this year.

We Need Icing (February 14, 2022)

By Timothy R Butler | Posted at 1:01 PM

How do we understand ourselves in relationship to God? Isaiah 6 challenges us to think about that.

Songs for Our Temple (Week 7: Psalms 19-21)

By Timothy R Butler | Posted at 6:21 PM

Melanie leads us into Psalms 19-21 tonight as we continue exploring the Psalms and what they tell us about our God.

Self-Sacrificial Love

By Timothy R Butler | Posted at 2:05 PM

To love someone, and to have those feelings returned — romantically or platonically — is a beautiful thing. And there is much joy to be found in it. But the everyday level of actually loving differs greatly from what has come to be the airy concept of love. Cupid’s bows and love without obstacles make for pleasant fairytales, but real love requires work and self-sacrifice.

A beautiful essay on love, reflecting on one of the best episodes in all of Trek. It nails the powerful picture of love and friendship in “Measure of a Man,” where Cmdr. Riker must take up the role of prosecutor against his friend Data in a place that lacks one or Data will receive a devastating summary judgment in lieu of a trial. Riker has to choose between the comfortable, but self-preserving path versus a deeply personally painful route that offers Data hope:

It’s also about how we love when we are stuck between difficult choices. How we love when that loving gives us back precious little but pain.

We as humans are called to do this, but it is mighty hard. Yet, we learn how to do it more as we follow the Savior who perfectly demonstrates what we can only achieve through Him in this life.

At the Playoffs (February 7, 2022)

By Timothy R Butler | Posted at 9:28 PM

As we live as Christians, we face struggles and opposition. Shouldn’t life be easier? Should we find a way to make it easier?

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