Pastor Joe’s Blog

Priority Placement: Making Christ and His Bride #1

What is our purpose? Is there meaning to this life we live? What should be our top priority? These are questions asked often by those outside of the church but should not be questions we ask inside the body of Christ. Why? Simple. We already know our answers but in our cultural context we often forget them. We become side-tracked by the pleasures of this world while forgetting about our responsibility to the building of the kingdom to come. From fantasy football to youth travel sports, dance competitions to scholarship chasing, we’ll place our time, talents, and resources squarely in the box of things that are temporal while neglecting things which are eternal. While none of these things may be intrinsically wrong, they place an inappropriate and unnecessary emphasis on living our best life now instead of preparing for the best life God has planned for eternity.


Suffering for Glory: Why is Often the Hardest Question

“Though the fig tree should not blossom, nor fruit be on the vines, the produce of the olive fail and the fields yield no food, the flock be cut off from the fold and there be no herd in the stalls, yet I will rejoice in the Lord; I will take joy in the God of my salvation.” Habakkuk 3:17-18 ESV

Why do we suffer? To what end can we contribute the suffering of this world to the glory of the next? Why has God allowed the pain of this world in light of the completion of the sacrificial work of Christ on the cross of Calvary? Will this agony have an end? These are questions which we wrestle with constantly. For some, this is a daily struggle to find meaning in the seemingly meaningless. For others, it is the challenge of knowing how to comfort those experiencing pains which we cannot understand beyond the elementary level of sympathetic compassion. For more still, it is the deep longing to explain the inexplicable.