Join the Advent Conspiracy

Join the Advent Conspiracy

What if we throw out our Christmas lists this year? What if we instead committed to four things: Spend Less Give More Worship Fully Love All Imagine how different the Christmas season might be this year. Now that would be a conspiracy worth joining! Check out the Advent Conspiracy...
Experience Advent with Disciples

Experience Advent with Disciples

25 Days till Christmas. “Are you ready?” What does this question even mean? It illicit’s stress for some. The endorphins kick in. Deadlines! So, what are we getting ready for? With the best intentions many of us want to savor the beauty of the season; we want to pause and focus upon the real meaning of Christmas. Yet, amidst the shopping lists, maxed out credit cards, family gatherings, parties, tensions, and deadlines, we often find ourselves spinning and exhausted. At the end of it all we’re left perplexed that another Christmas passed us by in what seems like a blink. There goes another year of intentions.  So what can we do? Having the best intentions is passive. Being Intentional is active. Join us as we observe Advent. The Latin word for Advent means “coming”. It’s a journey that keeps us focused on the coming of Christ from birth and reminds us that He’s coming back. So, beginning four Sundays before Christmas through Christmas Eve, walk with us through the truths of Scripture that point to the birth of the Messiah and His-story from there. God changed the world on Christmas…it was the day when Christ, the Son of God {God in flesh} came down from heaven and dared step into this broken world for freedom sake, to forgive, redeem, and restore. A sacrifice on Christ’s part; He came down to take us up—because without him it’s impossible. Without Him there’s no HOPE for eternity. Eternity requires perfection. And this flesh disqualifies; we’re not even good. Not even close. Some say, “But I’m a good person.” But, no! Not even...
Reviving the Lost Art of Neighboring

Reviving the Lost Art of Neighboring

Reviving the Lost Art of Neighboring. “Love your neighbor as yourself.” When we read in the Bible that we are called to love our neighbor we tend to treat this as a general life principle and not an actual command. Yet, what if Jesus really meant for us to love our physical neighbors? Do we even know our neighbors? Quickly closing garage doors, pulled blinds, and overwhelmed schedules have left us with limited knowledge of those living right next door. So who are our neighbors? How do we get to know them? How can we love them? Isn’t this going to be hard Questions and doubts can quickly overwhelm us but what might our neighborhoods become if they became communities of love and support for the people who live in them? Isn’t a neighborhood like that worth the risk? Join the family of Disciples Church as we discuss the lost “Art of Neighboring” on Wednesday Nights.  ...
What If?

What If?

What if you could find rest within the frantic pace of life? (Matt 11:28-30)What if in your weakness you could find strength? (2 Cor 12:9-10) What if in uncertainty you could find hope? (Rom 8:28) What if your failings could be forgotten and you were viewed as perfect?  (Col 1:22) What if in your ordinary life you could to do extraordinary things? (Mark 1:16-17) —> What if all these “what ifs” weren’t “what-ifs” but truth? WITH GOD ALL THINGS ARE POSSIBLE (Matt 19:26) This is the hope of the Gospel- freedom in...
The Curious Cases of the Fortune Cookie & Simon: Misconceptions vs. Truth

The Curious Cases of the Fortune Cookie & Simon: Misconceptions vs. Truth

Do you know where the Chinese fortune cookie comes from?Can you take a wild guess? If you guess, China? You’d be wrong. Japan. It turns out that this well known after dinner treat served in most Chinese food restaurants isn’t actually Chinese, it’s Japanese. The tale about how the fortune cookie made its way from Japan to our American Chinese restaurants is told in Jennifer Lee’s book , The Fortune Cookie Chronicles. In the book she tackles a number of misconceptions on the origin of food. Yet, our culinary wold is not the only place where we find misconceptions. In fact, misconceptions abound all around us. They skew our opinion on life and popular culture. They change the reason and way we interact with people. Misconceptions change the very way we choose to approach God. Just look at the curious case of Simon as told in the book of Acts  8:9-25.Simon practiced magic in Samaria. He posed as a famous man and dazzled all the Samaritans with his wizardry. But when Philip came to town announcing the news of God’s kingdom and proclaiming the name of Jesus Christ, they forgot Simon and were baptized. When Simon witnessed the miracles Phillip was performing, he followed along in hopes of understanding more how the miracles being performed.  Astounded by what he saw, he hoped to re-establish his position of notoriety. He offered the apostles money in exchange for his power. Simon had a fundamental misconception about God’s power and blessings. He sought power for his own comfort and success. He sought to purchase the blessing and receive power without putting in the time. Simon is not...