Mary Magdalene

“Mary Magdalene, from whom seven demons had gone out, and Joanna, the wife of Herod’s steward Chuza, and Susanna, and many others, provided for them out of their resources.” -Luke 8:3 Read Luke 8:1-3 Head cradled by my favorite pillow, I try to wish myself to sleep as anxiety wriggles its way into every corner […]

Conquering Fear

“Jonah arose to flee to Tarshish from the presence of the Lord…But the Lord sent out a great wind on the sea, and there was a mighty tempest on the sea…the mariners were afraid” (Jonah 1:1-5). Have you noticed how fear attacks you most where God calls you to serve? Fear can come in like […]

The Hidden Source

“And there will be no more night; they need no light of lamp or sun, for the Lord God will be their light.” -Revelation 22:5 Read Revelation 22:1-5 You don’t have to be a soccer fan to understand that for a soccer game to be played at night towering stadium lights are required. On a […]

How You Can Pray For FPU In The New Year

This Year the University family has embraced 10 strategic priorities that provide a roadmap for facilitating an engaged presence. These markers will be strategic for us as we follow Christ in Kingdom thinking and ministry formation. Help us, as we seek to do HIS will, by praying for these priorities along with us. Increase efficiency […]

All Things New

“The one who was seated on the throne said, ‘See, I am making all things new.’ Also he said, ‘Write this, for these words are trustworthy and true.’” -Revelation 21:5 Read Revelation 21:1-6 Have you ever read a billboard convinced it said one thing only to find you’d misread two crucial words that completely altered […]

Celebrating God’s Seasons

“For everything there is a season. He has made everything suitable for its time; moreover he has put a sense of past and future into their minds, yet they cannot find out what God has done from the beginning to the end.” -Ecclesiastes 3:1, 11 Read Ecclesiastes 3:1-13 I thought that I was fairly easy-going […]

The Other Advent Herald

“Now after John was arrested, Jesus came to Galilee, proclaiming the good news of God, and saying, ‘The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God has come near; repent, and believe in the good news.’” -Mark 1:14-15 Read Mark 1:14-20 When we think of “Advent heralds,” the first image that may come to mind […]

My Beloved Son

“You are my Son, the Beloved; with you I am well pleased.” -Mark 1:11 Read Mark 1:9-11 I am Jewish. Not long after I met Jesus I made friends with the rabbi of a nearby synagogue. One day he said, “I don’t understand why you believe in Jesus. Jesus can’t be the Messiah. Messiah will […]

John the Baptizer

“And people from the whole Judean countryside and all the people of Jerusalem were going out to him, and were baptized by him in the river Jordan, confessing their sins.” -Mark 1:5 Read Mark 1:4-8 After three intense months of boot camp I graduated as a Marine. Beaten in body and mind day and night, […]