Lord, Today is a day of masks. Funny masks, scary masks, superhero masks, celebrity masks, political masks. Masks. On Halloween we dress up as other people, other professions, and other characters. Pretending to be someone else - someone we're not, someone we maybe wish we were. If only it were just for this day. Too … Continue reading Masks (A Prayer)
Yesterday, Alameda hosted a grand opening of our newly renovated auditorium for our community, friends, neighbors, and former members who came in for the occasion. It was a great day! The construction of our facility was done by ScissorTail Roofing and Construction and these pictures of our new space were taken by Reed Ewing Photography... … Continue reading Grand Opening
Our Father who art in heaven, We praise your great and glorious name. We believe that you are the Creator of the universe, and we believe that you have created every man, woman, and child for your good pleasure. We believe that you have made every person to be a person of inherent worth and … Continue reading Sent (A Prayer)
Over the last year our congregation at Alameda has undertaken a strategic revitalization of our church's mission to our community. After several years of plateau, we were in need of revitalization; and this was weighing heavily on me. We were an active church with a big heart for people, known by our community as a … Continue reading How It All Started
We're coming to the end of playoff season in Major League Baseball, and it's been another good one. So far, there's been one thing that has stood out to me above everything else, and it's something that we can all learn from - even if you're not a baseball fan. So, hang with me and … Continue reading Advancing the Runners
Our congregation is making a major push to inspire and equip our members to read the Bible with each other and with others who might be interested in reading Scripture. There are many reasons why we're doing this, but I was recently reminded of an important reason that often goes unnoticed when I read a … Continue reading What’s the Word?
From Here's My Heart: Prayers by Ray Hardin... When the bottom drops out of our world and we feel the earth give way beneath us; When light is displaced by utter darkness and we sense the danger all around us; When the known fades into the unknown and we cannot see the path ahead; Then, … Continue reading Where Would We Be?
From Ed Stetzer... "When we become primarily identified with any tribe outside the body of Christ, especially when we are identified to the point where others are repelled by us, we've traded our Kingdom-based identity for a world-based identity."
The other day I was listening to a podcast that featured a group of Republicans and a group of Democrats discussing the recent confirmation of Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court. Actually, it wasn't much of a discussion. Expecting to gain some insight into each side's views, I instead received a lesson on "post-truth politics" … Continue reading “No, You’re an Idiot!”