The Life Church Blog

A Collection of Thoughts, Stories, & Encouragment From Our Leaders

Deceptively Heavy Weights

  Going to the gym is really fun until it’s not. I know some of y’all actually enjoy working out, and although that sounds fake to me, that’s fine; you do you! I am not one of those people though. I work out because I don’t want to die an early death due to a...

Common Ground

  Have you ever met a stranger and you struggle to come up with meaningful conversation? The awkward silence and pending social catastrophe can be too much to bear. Will they like me? Will I say something silly? Does my breath smell ok? Yes, I know I am being...

The Work is Worth It

  I have a love-hate relationship with Hollywood’s portrayal of love. While I know it’s problematic because it’s portrayed as something easy, completely based on a feeling, and as a matter of chance, the hopeless romantic in me can’t help but be drawn to it....

Where’s Your Focus?

  When I turned sixteen, I had saved enough money to buy my first car. It cost me less than $1000, had some rust, and yeah, occasionally had oil leaking out of the radio, but whatever; It was mine and I had the freedom to hop in that car and just go! Of course,...

Few Things Matter

  Have you ever heard people at church talking about going on mission trips, the thirteen small groups they’re in, and how they’ve somehow managed to make it on to all 123 days of prayer? Then thought to yourself, “Well they’re just a better Christian than I am”....

Better Than 20/20 Vision

  I’m a planner. I love setting goals and working towards achieving them. There’s a feeling of excitement as I reach each step toward that goal, and a feeling of accomplishment when I’ve succeeded. I think many of us feel that way about a project or goal we have....

Sowing Love

  During quarantine I have been doing a lot of gardening! Something I have learned is that plants are, generally, not self-sustainable. They need to be taken care of. They need water and sun – and some of them need a specific amount of such (and for the record –...

Don’t Look Away

  In 1997, a researcher named Arthur Aron made two complete strangers fall in love in a laboratory in Berkley, California in 90 minutes. He used no tricks, had no sophisticated pairing algorithm, no alcohol or drugs were used, and the subjects did not even share...

Simple Trust

  I was reading Matthew a few weeks ago, and I was stopped by something I haven’t been able to shake from my mind since. It was the story of a Roman captain who had a sick servant and went to Jesus asking for his servant to be healed. Jesus told him he’d go with...

Heavy Love

  No doubt we are living in tense and turbulent times. Whether on the side of ignorance or advocacy, our current social climate is a storm few are ready to trek into. What do I say? What do I do? Who do I talk to about what I’m feeling? No matter how well...

Stay in Your City

  Next time you’re driving, I dare you to be that one person who stays in the far right lane, actually drives the speed limit, or to make a complete stop at the stop sign. Then when you start to get annoyed with this 3 minutes into your drive, look inward....

The Pause

So, what’s the plan? That has been a frequent question in our household during quarantine; taken as a joke, of course, because our schedules are the complete opposite of being booked. An empty schedule, which at times can feel like an overwhelming and lingering...

Designed To Be Uncomfortable

My teaching career started around the age of 9 in the basement of my childhood home as I “played school” with my sister as my only pupil. Ironically enough, I am now forced to continue the 7th year of my professional teaching career educating 135 students from my home...

God Promises Laughter

  “The Lord kept his word and did for Sarah exactly what he had promised. And Sarah declared, ‘God has brought me laughter. All who hear about this will laugh with me.’” Genesis 21:1, 6   Mother’s Day can be complicated… or maybe complex is a better description. This...

On The Shore

I really want a cheeseburger. Trust me, I know how easy it is to get a cheeseburger right now, but we all know what I really miss. I want to go get a cheeseburger. I want to walk into a restaurant, sit down in a booth that might have been cleaned 2 shifts ago, and...

Your Light Has Come

    As a child I was incredibly afraid of the dark. There wasn’t a thing you could say to me that would subside that fear. I can recount many nights where sleep was scarce, and the “night” time crawled by at a glacial pace. I dreaded...

Peace in the Midst

“I wish none of this had happened.” In Fellowship of the Ring, Frodo laments over a burden he wasn’t supposed to bear, traveling a path he didn’t plan. Gandalf tells him many have felt that way, but “all we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given to...

Three Little Words

“But at least…” I have found myself saying these three little words a lot over the past few weeks, more than any other time I can remember. They always show up in the same part of a conversation. They are preceded by something the pandemic has made worse in my life...