Devotional Thoughts

Here is where our pastors and leaders share their hearts, and words of encouragement.  You can subscribe to these posts and receive them in your inbox when a new post is published.

 

3-D Life Groups

3-D Life Groups

 

Our vision for every Life Group is to have three dimensions. To explain those better we will do so by breaking down the mission verse for Whistling Pines (why we exi …


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Meet the Holy Spirit

Beautiful day to you church!

I want to follow-up on this past Sunday morning and also encourage you for this new week. In my sermon, “Meet the Holy Spirit” I went through many characteristics of a person that the Holy Spirit possesses. He is not just some active force or abstract or metaphysical idea. He is not just a symbol of the presence and power of God, He IS the presence and power of God! I concluded the messag …


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Is Tithing still for the New Testament Church?

Two weeks ago I gave a short teaching/exhortation before the collection of our offerings concerning the question, “Is Tithing a New Testament Principle?” This was a 13 minute exhortation examining two New Testament Scripture passages relating to tithing. Is giving 10% of our increase still a viable expression of giving to the Lord for the furtherance of His kingdom and church? Or, was this just part of the law in the old covenant (Old Testame …

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The Whole Truth…and nothing but the truth

Dear church:

I feel compelled to invite you to church this Sunday. That might sound somewhat strange as some of you reading this come almost every Sunday anyway; some do, some do not. Regardless, I believe God has a special word for us this Sunday and I don’t want you to miss what the Lord is saying to our church!
We have been teaching through John 14:6: “Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” This …

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Identity of a Doulos

Jesus shows the ultimate example of servant leadership by washing His disciples’ feet in John 13. John sets the stage by saying in verse 1; “He now showed them the full extent of His love.” Serving others is truly an ultimate expression of the Father’s love. Why would the King of Kings and Lord of Lords, dress down like a slave, stoop and wash dirty feet?! John shows us it was because He knew His …


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Let Your Seed Die

Jesus said, “I tell you the truth, unless a kernel of wheat falls to the ground and dies, it remains only a single seed. But if it dies, it produces many seeds.” (John 12:24) Jesus begins to warn His disciples of His impending death; that His hour has come to be glorified. He then equates His life (and by extension, ours as well) to seeds that must die for them to produce many seeds. A seed is the prolific (productive) principle of future life. The germ of life in the grain …


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Embrace your strengths

I have begun a new Bible Study entitled “Embracing Your Strengths” and wanted to share a bit of the foreword written by Patsy Clairmont with you.  Clairmont is speaking about her friend who finally embraced her talent by living through her gifts.
“Somehow gifts and strength work that way.  It’s as if one blesses the other.  There’s just something about finding out where we fit into the rhythms of the universe that is deeply satisfying and that infuses us with con …

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Prayer from Scripture

One of the best ways we can pray as individuals or as a group is to pray using Holy Scripture. In this way, we know for a fact that we are praying His will. If we are praying His will, we are assured that He hears and that we will have what we ask for! (1John 5:14-15)

 

Here is a prayer for our church, rewording


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Life Groups & I-Groups Explained

On Sunday, August 26, Shawn McCracken, our lead team pastor, announced a major shift in how we view Life Groups.  By introducing the new, “I-Groups”, we are freeing our Life Groups to become more invitational, relationship based, with no pressure to be overtly “spiritual” or “religious”.  This will enable Life Group leaders and members to invite their friends, neighbors, families, and co-workers to enter into relationships.



Crazy Love

I have begun reading Crazy Love by Francis Chan and I feel that I am guilty of the first issue he brings up. “There is an epidemic of spiritual amnesia going around, and none of us is immune. No matter how many fascinating details we learn about God’s creation, no matter how many pictures we see of His galaxies, and no matter how many sunsets we watch, we still forget. Most of us know that we are supposed to love and fear God; that we are supposed to read our Bibles and pray so that we can ge …


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