Do you remember the parable of the Seed Sower? That story is the beginning of Matthew 13. There Jesus told the story of a farmer sowing his seeds.
Waiting is not something I do very well. Most of us can remember when we were growing up waiting for that special present on Christmas Day.
What is the big deal about VBS at First Denton you may ask? Well, the big deal is VBS is unique in that it provides a concentrated dose of biblical teaching for our own children, as well as the opportunity to reach the lost in our community with the gospel of Jesus Christ.
Hello! My name is Jared and I am a functional introvert! I learned this about myself long ago and I have had to find ways to cope with this reality.
Some time ago I read an article about new year’s resolutions. As you might expect, about 80 percent of all new year’s resolutions involve in some way diet and exercise.
I’ve always had kind of a love/hate relationship with the various “super-glues” out there. How many times have you attempted to repair an object with a “super glue” only to have the glue not work at all on the object, but stick your fingers together like there’s no tomorrow?
I believe that October 31st is just another day that we have been given by God to respond to the Great Commission found in Mark 16:15: “Go into all the world and preach the good news to everyone.”
As the professor approached the main square of the campus, he glanced across the way and noticed a man in blue overalls pumping water from a well. An hour later, after his lecture, he was surprised to see the man still pumping.
Waiting can bring a sense of expectation and anticipation. There are times that I see God answer my prayers right away. Then, there are those other times when my prayers linger and answers seem far away.
When I was in high school, I remember throwing out my back one day because I overloaded my backpack with textbooks. Instead of emptying it between classes, I carried all of my books the entire day.
Some people like to be in charge while others prefer to let someone else take the lead. For most of my life, I have been in roles where I was “in charge.”
One of the many changes I’ve witnessed in church life is how we dress for a worship service. As a child, I remember that men always wore suits and ties, and the ladies always wore dresses.
One of the characteristics of modern life seems to be that we are moving at an ever-increasing rate. Let’s be honest, it is rather easy to be busy. We all can make a list of tasks that will overwhelm our daily lives.
Friends, I am excited to share a VBS 2018 Praise Report with you! 49 children made a decision to accept Christ and 639 children and adults were in attendance last week.
One of the messages I try to communicate to our graduating seniors is that just because they graduate from high school, they should not graduate from their faith.
Claire and I found out January 25, that our lives would be dramatically changed. I came home from work and she let me in on a little secret; she was pregnant!
One of our middle school students came up to me last week before youth group and asked to meet in my office. He said he needed help writing a devotional for him and a few of his friends because they weren’t going to be able to be at church that upcoming Sunday due to a school competition.
WOW! Thank you to those of you who were a part of our first ever First Loves Denton Day on Sunday. You beautifully showed Relentless Love while serving, sharing, caring, and shivering for the Glory of God.
I remember a time when I was driving my dad to the airport in Birmingham. Since we lived on the side of town opposite the airport we had to travel through a rather goofy freeway intersection that the local residents lovingly called “Malfunction Junction.”
I am old enough to remember when there was no “Siri” or “Maps App.” In those ancient days, when traveling, one had to read a paper map or, in the worst cases, stop and ask others for directions.
I absolutely love adventure. In February, I joined some friends at Big Bend Ranch State Park to participate in the Chihuahuan Desert Bike Fest. I arrived a couple of days early to do some hiking on the mountain trails. I don’t often hike solo but on this occasion, it provided me with the solitude I was seeking.
This past week for Spring Break, our church sent 165 students and drivers to Panama City Beach, FL for Beach Reach. Basically, we give free van rides until 2 am to inebriated college students and tell them that Jesus Christ offers a more fulfilling and joyful life than all this fleeting stuff (John 10:10).
Jesus is called the Good Shepherd throughout scripture and we are referred to as sheep 220 times. That’s a lot! We should only move to the sound of Jesus’ voice. We should stay when He says, “Stay” and we should go when He says, “Go”.
I’m a huge fan of apples. I am also an “apple snob.” That means I won’t buy apples in the bag, no, I hand pick them from the “expensive apple bin.” To me, it’s worth the extra money to buy apples that are larger, crunchier, juicier, sweeter and sourer. I love those kinds of apples!
We are all worshippers. Worship is simply our response to something we value; a job, a dream, a team, or a person. So how do we know what we are worshipping?
This past Sunday, Dr. Jeff continued our “Changed People, Changing Lives” series by sharing about meaningful community, the 4th core value of our church. God created us to have relationships. We need each other. I need you and you need me! How cool is that?
I truly believe that our mission is all about Life Transformation. When we received the Power of Jesus in our lives, we truly became “Change People”. It is only through His Gospel that we can have true Life Transformation. 1 Corinthians 5:17 says “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come.”
We are just three weeks into the new teaching series at First Denton entitled: Changed People, Changing Lives. On Sunday, the message focused on one of our core values we call Relentless Love. When I first heard the words relentless and love together, I had to stop and ponder the meanings of both words.
Last Sunday, the story of Jesus’ encounter with the woman at the well in John chapter 4 motivated me. The Holy Spirit spoke through Dr. Jeff with passion and conviction as I was challenged, encouraged, and spurred on to fall more in love with our Savior.