Christ: The Sweetest Thing

Christ. The Sweetest Thing.

Among the sour patches of life we all hope to cultivate or stumble upon at times,
sweetness: a call from an old friend, a few extra dollars in the bank, a compliment on a
job well done, an occasional vacation or a break from commonplace, and ultimately, we
hope that it will all get better. Whether it’s our health or the health of a loved one, a  Read more →

The Amazing Race

“The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few; therefore pray earnestly to the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into his harvest.” Matthew 9:37-38 (ESV)

There is a fire inside of me that I pray does not get extinguished any time soon. I see the urgency of the message of hope that is found in Christ. I must use the gifts and talents God has given me to reflect glory back to Him. I’ve sat around for too long trying to ensure that everything will be perfect; I wait for the perfect moment, the perfect opportunity, the perfect timing. But through this series, Among Wolves, I’ve learned – as I hope that you have – that there will never be a perfect moment to follow your dreams and pursue your passions. Read more →

I Just Got Baptized

Ephesians 4: 1-6

I therefore, a prisoner for the Lord, urge you to walk in a manner worthy of the calling to which you have been called, with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another in love, eager to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. There is one body and one Spirit—just as you were called to the one hope that belongs to your call— one Lord, one faith, one baptism, one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all.

 

On April 5 of 2015, I proclaimed my love for and obedience to Jesus Christ. A few days later, a study that I’m currently undergoing asked, “Why do you think this was an important step for you to take?” This question got me thinking beyond its initial parameters. This is how I feel about it and others might disagree completely and that is mighty fine! Read more →

The Gate of the Sheep

As Pastor Dhati preached the fourth installment of the I Am sermon series, I noticed something interesting: the Bible often compares people to sheep. I couldn’t help but ponder this choice of animal; sheep aren’t exactly the most ferocious creatures in the world. In fact, they are weak and in constant need of protection. No sports team has ever chosen the “Mighty Sheep” as their mascot. Read more →

Which Way Should I Go?

Romans 12:1-2 is a passage most often discussed with an emphasis on being a living sacrifice. But what does that look like? The fact that we are living means that there is a day to day aspect to this sacrifice. I want to bring to your attention the little four letter word that comes up far more often in the daily lives of believers: will. How often do we ask “What is God’s will for my life?” or “What does He want me to do in this situation?” Far too often we think of God’s will for our lives as some kind of decision-making assistant or crisis removal service. Read more →

The Color of Gratitude

If you wouldn’t mind actually, can you pray for my friend Leland? Last week Leland was fly fishing. As he drew back his fishing rod the wind suddenly caught the fishing line and his fish hook whipped towards him and sunk straight into the centre of his pupil. And as if that wasn’t bad enough the fish hook was barbed. A barbed fish hook sunk bulls-eye into a human eye . . . let’s just say I don’t need to see you cringing to know you’re cringing. Leland is currently out of the hospital but now that the high from the pain killers and well-wishes from family and friends have worn off, he’s dealing with the stark reality that he might not regain sight in his right eye. If the eye doesn’t heal properly he may never be allowed to drive again. At the end of a recent email updating us on how he was doing, Leland wrote: “Hope this message finds you grateful for who you are and what you have.” Read more →

God, You’re Late

“Don’t let sin dim out God’s beauty, let God’s beauty dim out sin.”

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Fair-Weather Friend

Blueprint family member Melody Gardner shares how the Circles series has affected her.

As I sat Sunday after Sunday listening to the story of Gideon, I confess I would think, “I relate to that point, but not most of what is being preached.” It was not until the last sermon in the series that the veil over my eyes fell and I saw myself clearly—I am an Israelite at heart! Read more →

How To Make An Unlikely Hero

As we’re making our way through the book of Judges during our Circles series, one of the heroes we come across is Gideon. Well, he’s sort-of a hero. Gideon wasn’t perfect, by any means. One of the last things the Bible tells us about him was that while he refused the Israelites’ offer to make him king and told them God alone was their king, he then made a golden ephod– which was perhaps not meant to be an idol, but became one that the Israelites, including Gideon’s family, worshipped. Read more →

Breaking Free

The Cycle

The moment I turned the keys in the ignition of my first car, I felt free. It was a blue ‘97 Ford Contour, a hand-me-down from my mom. I was 16, a junior in high school, and my license had been burning a hole in my billfold for several months. I adjusted the mirrors, the seat, and the volume (Mom never let the music be loud enough to actually hear the words). I put it in drive. This was the freedom that I’d been anticipating for years. I could go where I wanted, when I wanted (to a certain extent, of course), and I didn’t have to depend on my parents to take me there. Read more →

Passion: God Risen For Us

Hope. It echoed through the morning air as the women reached Peter and John and the rest, stammering with breathless excitement. Read more →

Passion: God Slain By Us

Join us this week as we look toward the cross and the empty tomb– Jesus’ death and resurrection. Our posts this week will follow some of the events leading up to Good Friday and Easter Sunday, as well as explore what these events and their implications mean to us. It all points to Jesus. Read more →

Passion: God With Us (Part IV)

Join us this week as we look toward the cross and the empty tomb– Jesus’ death and resurrection. Our posts this week will follow some of the events leading up to Good Friday and Easter Sunday, as well as explore what these events and their implications mean to us. It all points to Jesus. Read more →

Passion: God With Us (Part III)

Join us this week as we look toward the cross and the empty tomb– Jesus’ death and resurrection. Our posts this week will follow some of the events leading up to Good Friday and Easter Sunday, as well as explore what these events and their implications mean to us. It all points to Jesus. Read more →

Passion: God With Us (Part II)

Join us this week as we look toward the cross and the empty tomb– Jesus’ death and resurrection. Our posts this week will follow some of the events leading up to Good Friday and Easter Sunday, as well as explore what these events and their implications mean to us. It all points to Jesus.  Read more →

Passion: God With Us

Join us this week as we look toward the cross and the empty tomb– Jesus’ death and resurrection. Our posts this week will follow some of the events leading up to Good Friday and Easter Sunday, as well as explore what these events and their implications mean to us. It all points to Jesus. 

While Jesus’ triumphal entry into Jerusalem (Matthew 21; Mark 11; Luke 19; John 12) is exciting, it’s also eerie. We rejoice when we think about people praising Jesus– making Him a one man parade, waving palm leaves, laying their coats out on the ground before Him, shouting “Hosanna!” and expressing their joy that their rescuer was there, in front of them. Yet, merely days later, many of these same people were likely among a crowd with a much different response to Jesus. Instead of “Hosanna!,” they would be shouting, “Crucify!” These people thought they knew who Jesus was, but they really had no idea. Read more →

Rest From War

Sometimes the Old Testament really gets me down. When I finished the entire book of Deuteronomy the other day, I was bone weary of war. Then I turn to Joshua, and what do you know? More combat. There’s only so much carnage this former flower child can take. Read more →

Prayer: Regimen or Relationship?

Two thoughts come to mind when you write about prayer.  The first is, “Who am I to talk about prayer?” I prayed for Baylor to win last week and watched them get blown out.  Apparently, my prayers don’t work well.  The second is, “Great, I get to be the hypocrite that makes everyone feel guilty because they don’t pray enough.” Most of us feel both of those things on the inside, don’t we? Read more →

Identity: Loved

The Beloved Disciple

In the Gospel he wrote about the life of Jesus, the apostle John never mentions himself by name, but refers to himself often as “the disciple whom Jesus loved.”  (John 13:2319:26-2720:2). Read more →

Life Verses: Romans 8

We just concluded a sermon series at Blueprint entitled “Life Verses.” Each week, one of our pastors walked  us through a set of verses that has been influential in his life. But God’s Word isn’t just for pastors! It has the ability to powerfully affect and transform each of us. Today, we’re featuring the Life Verses of Laura Coulter, one of our interns.  Read more →