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My Stump Speech

Every politician has what they call a stump speech. The term is derived from the custom in the 19th century in America when political candidates campaigning from town to town stood upon a cut down tree’s stump to deliver a standard speech that summarized and characterized what they believed. This afternoon, I ran into a stranger… Read more »

Faith Accesses Grace

There has been for centuries a misunderstanding of the purpose of the law. People still insist that the law was given by God to be kept by man and thereby establishing through earning favor through a holy life a relationship with God. This is NOT the purpose of the law which Paul establishes in Romans… Read more »

Religion is not the Answer

As we have been studying Romans, chapter 1 tells us that everyone, all humanity is in the same condition. We are all broken by the effects of sin and therefore separated from God. Because of our sinful state, we all deserve to die. And we can’t plead ignorance because we are “without excuse.” God has… Read more »

The Power of God’s Kindness

Romans 2:4 Or do you presume on the riches of his kindness and forbearance and patience, not knowing that God’s kindness is meant to lead you to repentance? God’s goodness, His kindness is what causes people to repent, that is, to turn from their old ways of thinking and acting. His wrath does not accomplish that goal. God’s wrath… Read more »

Without Excuse

As we begin an eight week study on the first eight chapters of the book of Romans, I will be writing blogs that go along with my teaching. But there is nothing that can replace getting into a Small Group and together with a few brothers and sisters in Christ, ruminating on the scripture. We… Read more »

Vision

This question has come up a lot lately in reference to Heartland Vineyard Church. It goes something like, “What is the vision of Heartland Vineyard Church?” Another way I’ve heard this put is, “Where is Heartland Vineyard Church going?” Let me take some time and describe what I saw nearly thirty years ago that gave… Read more »

The Vineyard’s Response to Legalized Gay Marriage

In lieu of the latest Supreme Court ruling on Gay Marriage, I wanted to make this letter available to you my church family. It was written by Phil Strout, our Vineyard USA National Director. I am thankful for our Vineyard Leadership and the loving and thoughtful way they have handled this issue. This letter was written… Read more »

Resurrection Life

If you’re like me, you want to change. And if there’s one thing I’ve learned about personal change it’s this: you’ve got to change the way you think first. Romans 12:2 “Let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think.” You don’t change by trying harder. The average New Year’s… Read more »

It’s Not About Starting but About Finishing

In Robert Clinton’s book “Listen Up Leaders!” Clinton did a study on 100 Biblical characters and of those Bible characters, only 11 finished well in life. That’s pretty dismal. One out of ten finished well. Clinton’s further study revealed that this was true in contemporary life. Many are having great starts but only a few… Read more »

What do we mean by discipleship?

When Jesus was walking around on this earth, he didn’t build a building or write a book to carry on his legacy or mission, he started a community of people. Don’t get me wrong, I LOVE the Bible and think buildings are important if used for Kingdom purposes. But what Jesus focused his time on… Read more »