Posts from 2020

PASTOR NICK’S WEEKLY DEVOTION 7/19/2020

“My soul clings to you; your right hand upholds me” (Psalm 63:8 ESV). The Puritans used to say that faith was simply the outstretched hand of a helpless sinner; and even the outstretching of the hand was a work of sovereign grace… for in our sin we are dead and depraved; and even in God’s […]

The Christian and Covid-19

Introduction In what I write below I am simply thinking out loud. I don’t claim to be infallible, or to have a perfect understanding of God’s Word. No doubt, there are many What Ifs and What Abouts that can and perhaps should be raised; and honestly, time would not permit me to address all of them… However, I believe that […]

Plans To Begin Gathering Again Starting 5/24/2020

From Your Pastor Cornerstone Family, Originally, when we decided to stop gathering for the time being it was in order to honor the government’s wishes so that we could do our part in flattening the curve. At this point, that has happened and Gov. Abbott has given churches permission to resume gathering under certain guidelines. […]

10 Books Every Christian Should Read

Jesse recently recommended 10 Books Every Christian Should Read In Quarantine; in view of that I thought I would recommend 10 books as well, for quarantine, or any other time, that every Christian should read, or even re-read at some point. Big God – by Orlando Saer God is sovereign… completely and totally sovereign. And, […]

10 Books to Read in Quarantine

Before I started working in school administration, I was a music teacher and had 10 weeks to relax and do (for the most part) whatever I wanted. The last 3 years of my teaching career I started a summer tradition that helped me greatly in my Christian walk; I committed to reading at least one […]

Good Friday – Hallelujah! What A Savior!

It’s Friday… By the time we got up this morning most of what Jesus went through on Good Friday had already happened. Before dawn, He had already been taken to the Sanhedrin, the Jewish Supreme Court, and stood “trial.” As the sun came up, He was sent from the Sanhedrin to Pilate; from Pilate to […]

The Last Supper And Longing To Be With One Another

On Maundy Thursday, among other things, Jesus had the Last Supper with His apostles, and in so doing He instituted the Lord’s Supper. In Luke 22:15 He told His apostles that He desired to eat with them before He suffered; and then from there they broke bread together and Jesus instituted His Supper, telling them […]

Maundy Thursday

Today is Maundy Thursday. Maundy comes from the Latin word for command, and the connection is to Jesus, on the Thursday before He died, giving His disciples a new command. He said, “A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you also are to love […]

Man’s Plans And God’s Purpose

“Many are the plans in the mind of a man, but it is the purpose of the Lord that will stand” (Proverbs 19:21 ESV). Proverbs 19:21 has always been one of my favorite verses, because it reminds me of how God turned my life upside-down. What I mean by that is that God pulled me […]

Cornerstone and the Coronavirus Update 3/17/2020 Part 2

From Your Pastor Cornerstone Family, I pray this message finds you more in love with Christ than you’ve ever been before, and more aware of Christ’s love for you than you’ve ever been before. If you will follow the link by clicking HERE you will find a video I just made announcing that we will […]

Cornerstone and the Coronavirus Update 3/17/2020

From Your Pastor Cornerstone Family, I pray this message finds you amazed by grace and full of hope. Beloved, these are crazy and unpredictable times, but we serve a sovereign and good God. Yet, with that said, this is new territory for me. As one pastor put it, “Pastoring through Pandemic wasn’t a required course […]

Pandemics, Suffering, and the Christian Life

These are trying times for everyone. And bad theology is the last thing we need during a pandemic. So, with that in mind I thought it might be helpful to lay out a biblical view of suffering here. I’m pleading with you, don’t listen to the so called televangelists, pastors, or any other so called […]

Cornerstone and the Coronavirus Update

From Your Pastor Cornerstone Family, I pray this message finds you doing well, both spiritually and physically. I pray you are resting well in God’s good sovereignty, mercy, and grace. The world may be in chaos, but we, the church, have nothing to fear because our God is on the throne. As one of my […]

Cornerstone and the Coronavirus

From Your Pastor Cornerstone Family, I pray this message finds you doing well. I pray this message finds you aware and amazed by God’s mercy and grace, and His great love for you in Christ. I’m sending you this message in an effort to care for you and comfort you in this seemingly strange time […]

PASTOR NICK’S WEEKLY DEVOTION 3/8/2020

“but God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us” (Romans 5:8 ESV). Romans 5:8 is near and dear to my heart. Thanks to my wife, it actually hangs above our fireplace in our living room. My wife had that done because she knows this verse is […]

PASTOR NICK’S WEEKLY DEVOTION 3/1/2020

“Holy, holy, holy, is the Lord God Almighty, who was and is and is to come” (Revelation 4:8 ESV)! What does it mean that the Lord God Almighty is holy, holy, holy? When we think about holiness we tend to think about godliness, or Christ-likeness, or being set apart for God… But is that what […]

PASTOR NICK’S WEEKLY DEVOTION 2/23/2020

“Behold, God is my salvation; I will trust, and will not be afraid; for the Lord God is my strength and my song, and he has become my salvation” (Isaiah 12:2 ESV). Oh, what a difference there is in thinking that the Lord is a means to salvation, or even just a way of salvation, […]

PASTOR NICK’S WEEKLY DEVOTION 2/16/2020

“Behold, the days are coming, declares the Lord, when I will raise up for David a righteous Branch, and he shall reign as king and deal wisely, and shall execute justice and righteousness in the land. In his days Judah will be saved, and Israel will dwell securely. And this is the name by which […]

PASTOR NICK’S WEEKLY DEVOTION 2/9/2020

“My beloved is mine, and I am his” (Song of Solomon 2:16a ESV)… Song of Solomon is a beautiful gospel-centered book; it’s about the union between Jesus and His bride, the church. For every Christian is a part of the universal Church, and as God’s Word says, “Christ loved the church and gave himself up […]

PASTOR NICK’S WEEKLY DEVOTION 2/2/2020

“For Demas, in love with this present world, has deserted me and gone to Thessalonica” (2 Timothy 4:10a ESV)… Towards the end of his life, in some of his last recorded words, no doubt with a broken heart, the apostle Paul tells us that Demas has deserted him, and not only him, but, out of […]

PASTOR NICK’S WEEKLY DEVOTION 1/26/2020

“All things have been handed over to me by my Father, and no one knows the Son except the Father, and no one knows the Father except the Son and anyone to whom the Son chooses to reveal him” (Matthew 11:27 ESV). Here Jesus is telling us something infinitely beautiful and utterly amazing. Just as […]

PASTOR NICK’S WEEKLY DEVOTION 1/19/2020

“When Christ who is your life appears, then you also will appear with him in glory” (Colossians 3:4 ESV). Oh, that we would take these words, these glorious words to heart… Do you know this Christian? Do you believe this? Do you live this? If you are a Christian Christ is your life. As the […]

PASTOR NICK’S WEEKLY DEVOTION 1/12/2020

“Whoever is wise, let him understand these things; whoever is discerning, let him know them; for the ways of the Lord are right, and the upright walk in them, but transgressors stumble in them” (Hosea 14:9 ESV). We live in a broken world… of that there is no doubt… Evil, sin, disease, suffering, pain, and […]

PASTOR NICK’S WEEKLY DEVOTION 1/5/2020

“He himself bore our sins in his body on the tree, that we might die to sin and live to righteousness.” (1 Peter 2:24 ESV). Because Jesus, God the Son, came to earth, took on flesh, lived the perfect life, died a sacrificial wrath absorbing death, and rose from the grave, if we look to […]