• Membership

    A healthy church presents church membership as a blessing and mandate for the believer. The blessing is that the church affirms the believer’s faith and builds the believer up in love (Eph. 4:11-16). The mandate is that Jesus requires Christians to submit to his authority by submitting to the church’s...

  • A Year in Review

    What. A. Year. Regardless how you feel about anything, 2016 was a whirlwind of a year. Between celebrity deaths, natural disaster, terrorism rampant globally, and everything we can amass for our personal lives, it is a wonder how we all made it. Yet here we are. To some 2016 was...

  • A Praying Church – Revised

    I have so loved the beginning of our ministry with Gateway — almost 7 months in, but 7 months strong. Only more to come! Erica and I, (Elijah, too) love the highly relational atmosphere, the true family dynamic, where people get to belong. The number of tangibles that Gateway has to be...

  • Christ in the Psalms (WW&WITC) [July 24, 2016]

    Normally this portion of the blog would be dedicated to talk about what comes before and after the message in the sermon on Sunday, and it is, and kind of isn’t, the case for this post. Psalm 23 was the subject of the message where we talked about Saint Anthony...

  • None of These Diseases

    After freeing Israel from slavery to Pharaoh, God warned them, “If you listen carefully to the Lord your God and do what is right in his eyes, if you pay attention to his commands and keep all his decrees, I will not bring on you any of the diseases I...

  • Let My People Go

     Elder, David Kenser, shares a daily reflection and devotion. Moses carried the message of Almighty God to Pharaoh, “Let my people go” (Ex 5:1).  While it took the hand of God, rocking the very core of Egyptian existence to convince Pharaoh to actually let them go, but Israel was set...

  • Stairway to Heaven

    Elder, David Kenser, shares a daily reflection and devotion.   The year was 1971, I was 16 driving a 1960 Ford I had worked three months in the wheat fields to afford.  It wasn’t much but it had shackle lifts on the rear end and an eight-track player I had...

  • T4E: Incarnation

    Hey Gateway! Beginning are a series of blog posts that will help us understand theological terms. You’re probably wondering, “Why do I need theology? Isn’t Jesus enough?” Great question! Theology, or the Study of God, should never be put before Jesus, but it helps us understand God a little better...

  • Sacrifice

    Elder, David Kenser, shares a daily reflection and devotion!   In the Old Testament, under the Mosaical Dispensation,  the Israelites practiced the Levitical system of sacrifices wherein they would offer up bulls and goats and sheep.  They began to believe that God desired and even needed on some level those...

  • Time to Shine

    Elder, David Kenser, shares a daily reflection and devotion.   I’ve read that “He who burns the candle at both ends is not as bright as he thinks he is.”  Ouch!  I resemble that statement as an elder with a full-time plus job of hospice chaplain/veteran service coordinator.  My time...