A Guide to Ezekiel

A Guide to Ezekiel

This short introduction to the book of Ezekiel is meant to help us as a congregation as we journey through this book of the Bible. For many of us the book of Ezekiel is an intimidating and perhaps even confusing book. It is filled with strange visions and very peculiar prophetic actions. Yet, within this incredible book of the Bible we see God speaking to His People who have wandered far from him in rebellion. He speaks a message of loving judgment and points to how he restores the broken.

Christmas = The Middle of the Story

Christmas = The Middle of the Story

At Christmas, we celebrate the entrance of Jesus into the world. This story is rooted in a much larger story that spans back to the beginning of time and moves forward to the end of history.

Family Meeting & Third Sunday

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For the promise is for you and for your children and for all who are far off, everyone whom the Lord our God calls to himself.
Acts 2:39

Dear Via Family,

I just finished my hours of prayer, study, and writing in preparation for the sermon for this Sunday’s worship services. These study and preparation days are always a journey with the Lord. The Holy Spirit works in me during the process - and my heart for our Via congregation always grows. Anticipation and expectation swells in my heart. I cannot wait to unpack Acts 2:37-47 together and allow God to work in us. We are called to be a contrast people putting Jesus on display in attractive ways!

Family Meeting

This Sunday is our one-year anniversary of our commitment to Hope Initiative. Hope Initiative is a two-year vision to invest in the mission of God for our city. We began this journey together as a church in January 2017 and it will continue through December 2018.

This Sunday, November 19, we will conclude our worship a few minutes early in order to have a 20 minute family meeting after each service. We will update you on where we are at financially as well as plans regarding our facilities that are taking shape as we head into the final year.

I invite you to join us and prayerfully commit yourself to generous giving in 2018 to strengthen Via’s ability to reach kids and families. Moments like these have happened often over the 44 year history of our congregation. We enjoy the sacrifices and faith of people who have preceded us. It is our turn. We need a faith every bit as big and every bit as bit as bold.

If you would like to view an informative video (7 minutes) and also see more information regarding our Hope Initiative, click the link below.

Third Sunday: Seeing With Gospel Eyes

I hope that you join Susan and me in the Chapel this Sunday, November 19 at 6pm as we examine some areas of life that are reshaped by the good news of Jesus. Our goal is to stretch our thinking to imagine all the areas that the Gospel permeates, so that we can walk away challenged to live our lives into the reality of this true story and all its implications. These nights are also a great way to connect with some of your Via family members.

I love you guys!

It’s all about Jesus,

Family Meetings, Galatians Survey, Merge & Third Sunday Recap Video

God has been speaking to me through a number of sources (His Word, His Spirit, scholars, books, other pastors, meetings, prayer, etc.) about the power of what He does in a community of faith. The gospel is not first for our benefit (though we gain everything), it is first for God’s glory.

The Reformation

The Reformation

October 31, 2017, marks the 500th year anniversary since the start of the Protestant Reformation. This moment began when Martin Luther, a Roman Catholic monk, nailed his 95 theses (his fundamental objections to Roman Catholic teaching) to the church door in Wittenberg, Germany.

Blessing Our Community

It is great to be back home. Susan and I had an amazing time with family while in Milwaukee for 48 hours for a wedding last weekend. We are so grateful for the opportunity to attend and be a part of the happy stuff that makes life rich and rewarding.

Gather Women's Event & Being A Blessing

We have been talking a lot lately about law-reliance and law-obeying. We are being shaped by Galatians and learning to joyfully obey out of gratitude for the free grace given us. I read this question the other day, “Is God glorified and exalted when we are merely trembling before Him and obeying out of fear or when we are filled with joy as we delight in living according to His commands?”

Third Sunday on Rest & More

Fall is in full swing. My thoughts and prayers are for our many families that are enjoying fall break with their kids. I love seeing moms and dad making the most of the moments and making this time feel special. Playing and resting is so important for busy families.

Trip Update & This Weekend

We arrived safely home last night from Austria and Albania. The trip was very fruitful. We cried; we prayed; we ate (a lot); we preached and testified; we learned history and perspectives; we visited homes of church leaders as well as Muslim refugees; we sang; we walked (a ton); we slept (way too little); and we laughed until our sides hurt.

Discipleship at Via & Your Prayers

Discipleship at Via & Your Prayers

Via Church is alive and well! Our mission is being accomplished. Lives are being transformed by Jesus. Our community is being blessed as we live on mission for His glory. God is adding wonderful new folks to our faithful congregation. What we are a part of is bigger than any one of us. I am so excited for our future!

Don't Leave The Gospel Behind

The message for this Sunday is heavy on my mind this week. God is rewiring my heart through study and preaching. I also love hearing what God is doing in the hearts of our congregation as we move through the book of Galatians. I am excited!

Living In Line with the Gospel

This week my mind has been running the almost countless images and stories that are pouring in from Houston and the other areas hard hit by Hurricane Harvey. It is difficult to fathom...thousands of rescues, loss of life and property, and the fear and uncertainty facing thousands of people. May God use this tragedy to show His love and care for people! Please read the details below on how we as a church can respond with generosity to this horrific situation. Via, let’s show the compassion of Christ in a tangible way!

The Gospel Provides Freedom

Dear Via Family,

The freedom that we have in Christ is beautiful. Some choose to live in constant striving to be right in God’s sight by their right living. Right living is good, but we are made righteous by Jesus. We obey in sincere gratitude for the free gift of salvation and love for our Lord. We are secure in Jesus!  The goal of our lives is to live without fear, redeemed by a God who called us by name and declares for time and eternity that we are His. There is such freedom in the Good News that we have received.

The True Story

Dear Via Family,

We all have a story. Our stories contain many stories that make up our story. Have you thought about your story? What are the moments that have shaped your life? Paul refers to a “former life”. This isn’t a reference to reincarnation. There are two polar opposite lives that Paul lived. His life before his conversion on the road to Damascus (Acts 9) and His life after. He was absolutely changed by the power of the gospel story. That reality for Paul is still available today. There is an offer on the table to everyone everywhere - to be changed by gospel.

Rewiring the Heart

Dear Via Family,

I need to hear the gospel more today than ever. The simple gospel that was shared with me when I was in junior high is still impacting me and the Holy Spirit keeps applying its implications to every area of my life. I am not longing for a new or hidden truth. I am not thirsty for a self-help message to improve my life. Nor am I hungry for a modern new twist to the old story. I am ....

Blessed are the Pure in Heart

My thoughts and prayers this week have been directed at our kids and leaders at Kid’s Camp in Prescott. I have seen many pictures and videos posted from them and I wish I was there. These are moments of major spiritual formation. The stories of ...

Sounds of Work

Blessed are the merciful, for they shall receive mercy.
                                Matthew 5:7

Dear Via Family,

The sounds of my dad getting work done will forever live in my memory.  Dad was a union heavy machinery crane operator. When I was able to visit Dad on the job as a kid, the noises were loud. Massive diesel engines roared, metal was clanging, welding was sparking, air brakes were releasing pressure, and men were yelling instructions and directions. I knew that big things were happening. Things were getting built, repaired, moved, and improved.

As a pastor, I have wondered what the sounds of my work are?  

Life Is Good

Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be satisfied.
Matthew 5:6

Dear Via Family,

Life is good in Arizona this week – blue skies and palm trees. About this time every year, I start really missing all of our church family that has fled to cooler temperatures – we miss you guys!  Hurry back!  You know my request: come back a month earlier and leave a month later each year!

There is so much that you will want to know....

This Sunday
Jesus’ teachings that we call the beatitudes have been shaping our thinking about the characteristics of those that follow the kingdom of Jesus. I encourage you to read Matthew 5:1-12 often over the next few weeks. It is going to be a great day of worship this Sunday!

Surge School

This Sunday at 6 pm in the cafe, you have the opportunity to attend an information meeting on Surge School.  This 32-week discipleship journey will provide you with a strong foundation for understanding the significance of the Gospel as it affects all of life.  Attend this Sunday to learn more!  

Surge School Info

If you are new to Via Church, or you have been around a while and feel like you are on the outside looking in, then Merge may help you! Merge is a set of three classes (101, 201 & 301) offered on a Sunday night every other month. These 2-hour classes are designed to help you merge into the life of Via Church. I invite you to join us at 101 this Sunday at 5:30pm.  Registration starts at 5:00pm in our Cafe. Our kids and youth programs would love to have your kids while you attend Merge. Please register by clicking on the link below: 

Via Communities & Basecamp
We were not meant to navigate life in isolation. God designed us for relationship. Our Via Communities are basically our small groups. They are the way to connect into the heartbeat of Via and grow as a disciple of Jesus. To discover your Via Community, check out a two-session class called Basecamp. This class will give you more info on how we do community and will also connect you to your own Via Community.  Our next basecamp is Sunday, July 23 at 6pm.  For more information on Basecamp click below. 

Please make a habit of praying for Via Church. We want our community of faith to accomplish our mission, abound in love and good works, and to live lives that reflect the gospel of grace that we have received.

It’s all about Jesus,



Summer in Full Swing

Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth.  Matthew 5:5

Dear Via Family, 
I cannot believe that the Fourth of July is upon us! I have enjoyed seeing so many Via Church folks taking vacations, making family memories, and enjoying breaks from daily routines. It is very spiritual to Sabbath and enjoy God’s blessings. We are wired by God to rest. I pray that our love for Jesus and His church increases as we get away. If you get a chance, check out a local church where you are vacationing and peer in on what God is doing there.

Here are the nuts and bolts of Via over the next few weeks...

This Weekend

“Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted." Matthew 5:4

The heat is on!  Despite the extreme temperatures,  I still love Arizona!

I have a few things that I need you to know as we head into Sunday ...…..