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PASTOR NICK’S WEEKLY DEVOTION 10/20/19

“For there is no distinction: for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, and are justified by his grace as a gift, through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus, whom God put forward as a propitiation by his blood, to be received by faith” (Romans 3:22-25 ESV). The above text […]

PASTOR NICK’S WEEKLY DEVOTION 10/13/2019

“For we hold that one is justified by faith apart from works of the law” (Romans 3:28 ESV). One of the central doctrines of the Reformation was Sola Fide (faith alone). This doctrine teaches that salvation is by faith alone, not by works. And this doctrine was perhaps the most opposed doctrine of the Reformation, […]

PASTOR NICK’S WEEKLY DEVOTION 10/6/2019

“But God, being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which he loved us, even when we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ—by grace you have been saved” (Ephesians 2:4-5 ESV). Martin Luther is the main name associated with the Protestant Reformation. Historically the reformation is said to […]

PASTOR NICK’S WEEKLY DEVOTION 9/29/2019

“Behold, we consider those blessed who remained steadfast. You have heard of the steadfastness of Job, and you have seen the purpose of the Lord, how the Lord is compassionate and merciful” (James 5:11 ESV). I don’t know about you, but I have a tendency to only consider myself when trials come. Suffering may come […]

PASTOR NICK’S WEEKLY DEVOTION 9/22/2019

“But when he was strong, he grew proud, to his destruction. For he was unfaithful to the Lord his God and entered the temple of the Lord to burn incense on the altar of incense” (2 Chronicles 26:16 ESV). For much of King Uzziah’s life he was faithful to the Lord, and thus blessed by […]

PASTOR NICK’S WEEKLY DEVOTION 9/15/2019

“Truly, truly, I say to you, everyone who practices sin is a slave to sin” (John 8:34 ESV). I recently read a scientific article that argued that we have free will because ultimately everyone chooses what they want… People make their decisions based on their desires… But, that’s exactly why the Bible says we don’t […]

PASTOR NICK’S WEEKLY DEVOTION 9/8/2019

Psalm 119:105 (ESV) Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path. God’s Word is like a lighthouse on dark and stormy seas. It brings illumination and guides us onto and down the straight and narrow way. But how? Though it is truth from beginning to end, though it has […]

PASTOR NICK’S WEEKLY DEVOTION 9/1/2019

“For my name’s sake I defer my anger; for the sake of my praise I restrain it for you, that I may not cut you off. Behold, I have refined you, but not as silver; I have tried you in the furnace of affliction. For my own sake, for my own sake, I do it, […]

PASTOR NICK’S WEEKLY DEVOTION 8/25/2019

“For the love of Christ controls us, because we have concluded this: that one has died for all, therefore all have died; and he died for all, that those who live might no longer live for themselves but for him who for their sake died and was raised” (2 Corinthians 5:14-15 ESV). Can you say […]

PASTOR NICK’S WEEKLY DEVOTION 8/18/2019

“He must increase, but I must decrease” (John 3:30 ESV). John the Baptist was called to prepare the way for the Lord. In the above verse John had completed that task, and now he had come to the point of his ministry where it was time for him to fade into the background so that […]

PASTOR NICK’S WEEKLY DEVOTION 8/11/2019

“Satisfy us in the morning with your steadfast love, that we may rejoice and be glad all our days” (Psalm 90:14 ESV). Logically speaking, in order for anything or anyone to exist, something or someone must have already existed… Because something doesn’t come from nothing. The Bible says that God Himself is that Someone; He is […]

Christianity: The Only Thing That Makes Sense

Christianity: The Only Thing That Makes Sense Nick Esch 8/7/2019 Introduction I have a great desire for people to come to know, love, trust, and follow Jesus… For their good and His glory I want to see as many people as possible become Christians. And that’s the heart behind this post. In what follows I’ve […]

PASTOR NICK’S WEEKLY DEVOTION 8/4/2019

“Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted. Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth. Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be satisfied” (Matthew 5:3-6 ESV). C. S. Lewis once said, “Humility is not […]

Beholding the Glory of the Lord Together

Beholding the Glory of the Lord Together Nick Esch, 7/28/2019 Cornerstone Baptist Church The three main things that separate us from other churches are that we are God-centered, Bible-saturated, and Christ-focused in all we do. I often lump these ideas together in the term gospel-centeredbecause fundamentally this means that we will live and love for […]

PASTOR NICK’S WEEKLY DEVOTION 7/28/2019

“Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for he who promised is faithful. And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the […]

PASTOR NICK’S WEEKLY DEVOTION 7/21/2019

“Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, pray for those who abuse you” (Luke 6:27-28 ESV). In the world around us today, and sadly even within the church, it is so common to hear people say things like, “I just don’t love him any more…” Or, “There’s […]

PASTOR NICK’S WEEKLY DEVOTION 7/14/2019

“My desire is to depart and be with Christ, for that is far better” (Philippians 1:23 ESV). J. C. Ryle once said, “There is something, even in the hearts of the most eminent saints, that will never be fully satisfied as long as they are on earth and Christ is in heaven. So long as […]

PASTOR NICK’S WEEKLY DEVOTION 7/7/2019

“Will you not revive us again, that your people may rejoice in you? Show us your steadfast love, O Lord, and grant us your salvation” (Psalm 85:6-7 ESV). Martyn Lloyd-Jones once said, “The greatest need of the hour is that the thoughts and the minds and the prayers of Christian people everywhere throughout the world […]

PASTOR NICK’S WEEKLY DEVOTION 6/30/2019

2 Corinthians 1:20 (ESV) For all the promises of God find their Yes in him. That is why it is through him that we utter our Amen to God for his glory. Christ is our all in all… He is our everything! The only promise in God’s Word that would apply to us, if it […]

PASTOR NICK’S WEEKLY DEVOTION 6/23/2019

Psalm 42:5-6a (ESV) Why are you cast down, O my soul, and why are you in turmoil within me? Hope in God; for I shall again praise him, my salvation and my God. My soul is cast down within me; therefore I remember you… Each day we’re faced with two choices… We can either listen […]

PASTOR NICK’S WEEKLY DEVOTION 6/16/2019

“To me, though I am the very least of all the saints, this grace was given, to preach to the Gentiles the unsearchable riches of Christ, and to bring to light for everyone what is the plan of the mystery hidden for ages in God, who created all things, so that through the church the […]

PASTOR NICK’S WEEKLY DEVOTION 6/9/2019

“If you love me, you will keep my commandments.” (John 14:15 ESV)… What does Jesus mean when He says, “If you love me, you will keep my commandments”? Does He mean we have to earn His love, or that we have to be perfect? No… He means that if we truly love Him following Him […]

PASTOR NICK’S WEEKLY DEVOTION 6/2/2019

“But our citizenship is in heaven, and from it we await a Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ” (Philippians 3:20 ESV)… Christians are a strange people in this world. The author of Hebrews tells us that men and women of faith are strangers and exiles on the earth (Hebrews 11:13). Peter says that Christians are sojourners […]

PASTOR NICK’S WEEKLY DEVOTION 5/26/2019

“I saw in the night visions, and behold, with the clouds of heaven there came one like a son of man, and he came to the Ancient of Days and was presented before him. And to him was given dominion and glory and a kingdom, that all peoples, nations, and languages should serve him; his […]

PASTOR NICK’S WEEKLY DEVOTION 5/19/2019

“O God, you are my God; earnestly I seek you; my soul thirsts for you; my flesh faints for you, as in a dry and weary land where there is no water. So I have looked upon you in the sanctuary, beholding your power and glory. Because your steadfast love is better than life, my […]

PASTOR NICK’S WEEKLY DEVOTION 5/12/2019

John 15:5 (ESV) I am the vine; you are the branches. Whoever abides in me and I in him, he it is that bears much fruit, for apart from me you can do nothing. We have no hope of salvation, of bearing fruit, of growing in holiness, of living Christ-like lives without Christ. He saves […]

PASTOR NICK’S WEEKLY DEVOTION 5/5/2019

“I am the bread of life. Your fathers ate the manna in the wilderness, and they died. This is the bread that comes down from heaven, so that one may eat of it and not die. I am the living bread that came down from heaven. If anyone eats of this bread, he will live […]

PASTOR NICK’S WEEKLY DEVOTION 4/28/2019

“Let everything that has breath praise the Lord” (Psalm 150:6 ESV)! Recently a couple at church reached out to my wife and I in love and appreciation and gave us a gift card to a restaurant. When they gave us the gift they explained how much they enjoyed the restaurant and what it meant to […]

PASTOR NICK’S WEEKLY DEVOTION 4/21/2019

1 Corinthians 15:17-19 (ESV) And if Christ has not been raised, your faith is futile and you are still in your sins. Then those also who have fallen asleep in Christ have perished. If in Christ we have hope in this life only, we are of all people most to be pitied. In Ephesians 2:1-3 […]

PASTOR NICK’S WEEKLY DEVOTION 4/14/2019

1 Corinthians 15:20a (ESV) But in fact Christ has been raised from the dead… There is one thing above all else that brings us together as Christians… the truth that this week—Passion Week—is about especially: the truth that Jesus is alive! This is good news! This is a crucial part of the good news—the gospel. […]

PASTOR NICK’S WEEKLY DEVOTION 4/7/2019

“Give us this day our daily bread” (Matthew 6:11 ESV)… Here Jesus continues His teaching on prayer, showing us how to pray, and not merely telling us what to pray. And the whole goal of what He’s laying out here is that we would pray in such a way that God would make us love […]

What Does The Christian Life Look Like?

Jesus said, “If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me” (Mark 8:34 ESV). And though we may know that verse, I fear that many Christians have no idea what it looks like to follow Jesus. Often when I ask people to tell me how things […]

PASTOR NICK’S WEEKLY DEVOTION 3/31/2019

Matthew 6:10 (ESV) Your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. As we’ve seen, in the Lord’s Prayer, Jesus gives us a structure to follow in prayer. In verse 9 He says that we should pray, “like this…” as in, in this way or pattern… And then in the […]

PASTOR NICK’S WEEKLY DEVOTION 3/24/2019

Matthew 6:9 (ESV) Pray then like this: Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name. Here, in what is known as the Lord’s Prayer, Jesus doesn’t give us a prayer that we are to repeat mindlessly, but He gives us a structure to follow in prayer. He says that we should pray, “like this…” as […]

PASTOR NICK’S WEEKLY DEVOTION 3/17/2019

“Praise the LORD” (Psalm 106:1 ESV)! Have you ever known someone who was the type of person that seemed to always demand praise? I mean the type of person that seems to always want everyone to know how great he is, and always has to one up everyone. Well, the author and professor C. S. […]

PASTOR NICK’S WEEKLY DEVOTION 3/10/2019

John 13:34 (ESV) A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another. Love is not defined by how we feel, but by Jesus. That so, love is being committed to and working for the good of another, even at […]

PASTOR NICK’S WEEKLY DEVOTION 3/3/2019

“Oh, taste and see that the Lord is good! Blessed is the man who takes refuge in him!” (Psalm 34:8 ESV). They say you know you’re a Texan when you pick what restaurant you’re going to eat at based on their chips and salsa. I guess that means I’m officially a Texan. I really like […]

PASTOR NICK’S WEEKLY DEVOTION 2/24/2019

In Ephesians 2:8-9 Paul tells us, “For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast” (ESV). Over and over again in Ephesians Paul highlights the wonders of God’s grace. He goes […]

PASTOR NICK’S WEEKLY DEVOTION 2/17/2019

“For those whom he foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son, in order that he might be the firstborn among many brothers” (Romans 8:29 ESV). Put simply, the word foreknew or foreknown means to know beforehand. But what does that mean? Well, throughout the Bible the word known is […]

PASTOR NICK’S WEEKLY DEVOTION 2/10/2019

“You are not your own, for you were bought with a price. So glorify God in your body” (1 Corinthians 6:19b-20 ESV). Do you realize that you are not your own… that you are a steward of everything you are and everything you have? You are to glorify God with all that you are and […]

PASTOR NICK’S WEEKLY DEVOTION 2/3/2019

Romans 8:18 ESV For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worth comparing with the glory that is to be revealed to us. This week I did something I usually try to avoid: I paid far too much attention to the news. Watching the news can be utterly depressing; it can […]

PASTOR NICK’S WEEKLY DEVOTIONAL 1/27/2019

“Blessed are the merciful, for they shall receive mercy” (Matthew 5:7 ESV). We live in a world obsessed with justice. There are countless shows, books, and the like where the main point is justice. We long to see this. We delight when justice is served. And this isn’t a bad thing. One of the major […]

PASTOR NICK’S WEEKLY DEVOTION 1/20/2019

In 1839 John Williams and James Harris, from the London Mission Society, went to the New Hebrides (islands about two-thirds of the way between Australia and Hawaii) with the intent to take the gospel to the people there. But, within minutes after going ashore, both of these missionaries were killed and eaten by cannibals. Less […]

PASTOR NICK’S WEEKLY DEVOTION 1/13/2019

“And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose. For those whom he foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son, in order that he might be the firstborn among many brothers” (Romans 8:28-30 ESV)… […]

PASTOR NICK’S WEEKLY DEVOTION 1/6/2019

“And I tell you, you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it” (Matthew 16:18 ESV)… The way we typically think about this verse is that Satan will not defeat the church, but Satan doesn’t run hell, God does; so even though […]

PASTOR NICK’S WEEKLY DEVOTION 12/30/2018

1 Peter 1:22-2:3 ESV 22 Having purified your souls by your obedience to the truth for a sincere brotherly love, love one another earnestly from a pure heart, 23 since you have been born again, not of perishable seed but of imperishable, through the living and abiding word of God; 24 for “All flesh is […]

PASTOR NICK’S WEEKLY DEVOTION 12/23/2018

In the movie A Christmas Story one of the main characters, Ralphy, get’s a pink bunny costume from one of his family members and his mom makes him go try it on immediately… He comes down the stairs utterly ashamed and his dad tells him he looks like a deranged Easter Bunny. Well, has that […]

PASTOR NICK’S WEEKLY DEVOTION 12/16/2018

In Luke 9:23-24 Jesus said, “If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me. For whoever would save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake will save it” (ESV). I wonder, do you believe those words? Do you believe […]

PASTOR NICK’S WEEKLY DEVOTION 12/9/2018

In Matthew 22:37-40 Jesus says, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the great and first commandment. And a second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself” (ESV). I wonder if you truly feel the weight […]

PASTOR NICK’S WEEKLY DEVOTION 12/2/2018

Often when I’m doing evangelism I ask people if they’re a Christian; 9 times out of 10 they say yes. So then I ask them why. At that point I get all kinds of answers: “Because I’m trying to be a good person… Because I believe in God… Because I go to church, sometimes… Because […]

PASTOR NICK’S WEEKLY DEVOTION 11/25/2018

The gospel is the good news about the person and work of Jesus Christ. It is good news, not good advice. The gospel is not something we do but a message about something that has been done for us. The gospel is the glorious message that tells us that God has made a way for […]

PASTOR NICK’S WEEKLY DEVOTION 11/18/2018

In John 20:21, Jesus tells us, “As the Father has sent me, even so I am sending you” (ESV). This is the same call as the Great Commission in Matthew 28, where Jesus commands us to go and make disciples of all nations… This may sound daunting, but if our hearts are gripped by the […]

PASTOR NICK’S WEEKLY DEVOTION 11/11/2018

We are all sinners, but Christians are repentant sinners. In his first thesis Martin Luther said, “the entire life of believers should be repentance.” So, are you still repenting? In his book Evangelism and the Sovereignty of God, J. I. Packer wrote, “It needs to be said that faith is not a mere optimistic feeling, […]

PASTOR NICK’S WEEKLY DEVOTION 11/4/2018

In 1 Corinthians 15:14 Paul says, “if Christ has not been raised, then our preaching is in vain and your faith is in vain” (ESV)… And then he goes on in 1 Corinthians 15:32 to say, “If the dead are not raised, ‘Let us eat and drink, for tomorrow we die’” (ESV). Paul tied the […]

PASTOR NICK’S WEEKLY DEVOTION 10/28/2018

This Wednesday marks 501 years since the beginning of what we know as the Protestant Reformation… A German Monk named Martin Luther, at the age of 34, nailed his 95 Thesis to the door of the Castle Church in Wittenberg… The Catholic Church at the time had lost sight of the gospel, they were teaching […]

PASTOR NICK’S WEEKLY DEVOTION 10/21/2018

Hebrews 13:7 says, “Remember your leaders, those who spoke to you the word of God. Consider the outcome of their way of life, and imitate their faith” (ESV). This verse alone is reason enough for us to care about church history; but we should understand that church history is our family history, and therefore we […]

PASTOR NICK’S WEEKLY DEVOTION 10/14/2018

In Matthew 16:18 Jesus promises, “I will build my church, and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it” (ESV)… That promise always makes me think of Martyn Lloyd-Jones. He is by far one of my favorite figures from recent church history (1899-1981). He was from Wales, once a great medical doctor, who in […]

PASTOR NICK’S WEEKLY DEVOTION 10/7/2018

What would cause someone to be willing to suffer the loss of all things for Christ? Well, what do we see in Scripture? In Philippians Paul says, “it is my eager expectation and hope that I will not be at all ashamed, but that with full courage now as always Christ will be honored in […]

PASTOR NICK’S WEEKLY DEVOTION 9/30/2018

In John 19:14, Pilate presents Jesus to the Jews and he tells them, “Behold your King!” Of course they don’t see Him as their King at all; they miss who Jesus is completely… But, beholding Him is exactly what they needed to do… Beholding Jesus is what we all need to do… You see, their […]

PASTOR NICK’S WEEKLY DEVOTION 9/23/2018

When you think about what a Christian is, what comes to your mind?… Theologian J. I. Packer says, “The question can be answered in many ways, but the richest answer I know is that a Christian is one who has God as Father.”[1]That’s a beautiful answer, and it goes right along with Scripture. In Ephesians […]

PASTOR NICK’S WEEKLY DEVOTION 9/16/2018

God’s Word says, “Therefore let anyone who thinks that he stands take heed lest he fall” (1 Corinthians 11:12 ESV). Oh how Peter needed to hear this… Peter had a tendency to be arrogant and self-confident. Once when Jesus was telling the disciples that He was going to the cross, Peter stepped forward and said, […]

Suffering Is Hard, But Christ Has Overcome The World…

In the last verse of John 16 Jesus says, “In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world.” He tells His disciples this after telling them of His coming suffering on the cross and the suffering that will befall them as they live in this broken world as Christians. […]

2018 Sovereign Grace Bible Conference

  It has been a true joy to host the 2018 Sovereign Grace Bible Conference. The audio from the conference can be found by clicking on the links below… Session 1 – Minister Gregg Wren II Session 2 – Steven Ger Session 3 – Mike Black Session 4 – Dan Duncan Session 5 – Elder […]

Seeking To Be Amazed By Jesus In 2018

Happy New Year! As you know this is a time of resolutions and new beginnings, and so on that note I’ve been evaluating my life and planning for the new year. As I said in my last sermon, resolutions can be great things, as long as we are making them for the right reasons. If […]

A Call To Prayer And Faithfulness

Cornerstone Family, As I’m sure you all have heard by now, a heartbreaking tragedy befell one of our sister churches yesterday. While we were in the midst of worship, a man walked into the First Baptist Church of Sutherland Springs, TX and opened fire on the congregation, killing right at half of the congregation and […]

The 2017 Sovereign Grace Bible Conference

  It was true joy to host the 2017 Sovereign Grace Bible Conference. The audio from the conference is below… Sunday, 06/25/2017   Minister Gregg Wren II – True Worship Steven Ger – The Feast of Tabernacles Monday, 06/26/2017              Dan Duncan – Sola Scriptura Mike Black – Proverbs 10 Tuesday, 06/27/2017 Elder Keelan Atkinson – Race […]

True Disciples

A true disciple is one who abides in Jesus’ word, knows the truth, and has been set free. Abide and remain are the same word in the Greek. To abide in Jesus’ word is to remain in Jesus’ word—it’s to remain in God’s Word and the Word who is God (John 1:1-5). And like the […]

Christianity 101 and Our Need for Growth

Evangelism and discipling are key components of the basic Christian life; they are Christianity 101. Consider the Great Commission…  Matthew 28:18-20 “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of […]

The Lord’s Supper: A Gracious Gift of God

Whether you call it the Lord’s Supper or Communion, if you’ve been a Christian for long I’m sure you’ve experienced this ordinance in some fashion. Some churches eat a cracker and drink juice, while other churches eat bread and drink wine. Some churches pass the elements out, while others go and get the elements from […]

12 Resources on Missions

    Today begins our month long focus on missions. With that in mind I (Nick) thought it might be helpful to recommend a few messages and books that have really helped me in my understanding of and passion for missions. Messages you need to hear on missions… Doing Missions When Dying Is Gain by […]

All Christians Have a Job

Are you a Christian? If you answered yes did you know you have a job? I don’t mean what you do for a living, I mean a job given to you by Jesus Himself. Whether you realize it or not, according to Jesus every Christian has a job to do inside the local church. When […]

America and the Kingdom of God

I still remember it like it was yesterday. I was standing in a small room in downtown Denver doing what I had dreamt of doing since I was twelve years old. Me and a dozen or so other young men and women stood with our right hands raised swearing an oath of allegiance to the […]

Whole-Life Worship

Worship can be defined as: giving God the glory He deserves. The English meaning of the word literally means, displaying the worth of something or someone. (Worth-ship) The Bible has multiple words for worship in Hebrew and Greek but they all address showing value. We (Christians) worship God because He is perfect and we are […]

Jesus Calling – A Word Of Caution

What is the definition of Scripture? Almost any Christian who has been born- again for any extended period of time will answer something like this: “Scripture is God’s specific written Word to His people.” If they have done their memory verse homework for Sunday school at any time in their lives they might even reference […]

As Intentional As Skateboarders

Skateboarders With A Mission I’ve always had a very addictive personality; I suppose this is due to my family background and genetic wiring, and of course God’s sovereignty. But, long before I was ever introduced to drugs or alcohol, I found myself becoming obsessed with the things that interested me. For the bulk of my […]