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We have seen this forecast before

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Training to become a pilot (in what seems like another lifetime ago) I was quickly taught that you cannot control what is outside the cockpit. You can only prepare on how you could respond. Metaphorically it has proven to be an outstanding life lesson if you substitute “your heart” for “cockpit.”...

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What have you earned? And what have you been given?

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Many years ago, an older pastor, Dick Kaufmann, spent time with me, helping me grasp Grace. Counterintuitive does not even begin to capture my experience. Many of our natural instincts are put totally out of sorts by the LORD’s ways, especially our motivations for performance and earning. ...

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What are you inclined to trust for meaning and purpose?

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What is the earliest motivation you can recall in your life? When can you remember being really motivated (or deeply frustrated if you had failed) toward a goal or an outcome?...

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Hospitality, Trinity and You

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In our first year as a church plant, we went for training at a sister church plant that was several years ahead of us in its ministry....

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Is Christ your righteousness?

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After being assigned to teach the book of Romans to illiterate monks in his monastery, Martin discovered the Gospel of Grace by faith alone. What reverberated from this work of God in his heart has literally transformed all of Western history and much of the known world....

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Under the Influence ...

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In what seems like another lifetime, I trained to be a private pilot. I loved every chance to be in a cockpit....

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How is your new year beginning?

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Whether it is an unpleasant anniversary of a Capital riot, or a virus that just won’t go away, or profound uncertainty overall, how is your new year starting?...

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Empty Pews Are an American Public Health Crisis

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In school, I was never a fan of having to do book reports. The reading I never minded, but the effort to summarize what I read was always an enormous struggle. Now I’ve grown appreciative of a helpful summary – which is all I want to do for you today....

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I need to remember, we prayed for this!

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If you’re anything like me, then all too often, I need to be reminded that God is in the business of answering our prayers....

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An update on our COVID readiness

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Almost everyone is now aware of the recent surge in COVID infections, courtesy of the Delta variant. As Trinity’s demographic is younger than many churches, last year we saw very few COVID infections relative to other Lakeland congregations....

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