Thermometer or Thermostat?

Confused? The title needs an explanation. I was reading a church blog when the following line jumped out at me: “The trouble with him is he’s a thermometer and not a thermostat!” The person being quoted explained that a thermometer doesn’t change anything around it—it just registers the temperature. It’s always going up and down.…

United We Stand

“It’s easy to get good players. Gettin’ em to play together, that’s the hard part.”—Casey Stengel. Many people think you need a whole bunch of superstars to make a team effective. Not necessarily. We have all seen teams that have less talent, but succeeded because they worked together as a team. In the New Testament,…

Meet The Killjoys

In Sunday’s message, I talked about three joy-killers: disunity, pride and selfishness. And I talked about the solutions to each. The Northstar vision is to help the whole world find and follow Jesus. We need to agree on our mission, our purpose, our future and the path to that future. In fact, we as a…

Philippians, Paul And Your Pastor

Philippians is about Christ in our life, Christ as our goal, Christ as our strength, and joy through suffering. It was written during Paul’s imprisonment in Rome, about thirty years after Christ’s ascension. You may be wondering why I chose Philippians to be one of the two teaching series where we use a more expository…