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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 […]

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, […]