When Jesus meets a Roman Centurion, their conversation defies my expectation. Not the typical Roman soldier, humility, sensitivity, sympathy, and a servant attitude capture this man’s character. As his valued servant faces death, he reaches out to Jesus. Arguing from lesser to greater, this Roman leader compares his own finite authority with that of Jesus. […]


The Pharisee, struggling to entertain Jesus, grumbles. The Prostitute, struggling to honor Jesus, weeps. In that scene, within that story, pregnant with drama and tension, Jesus tells a ridiculous story about various levels of forgiveness and various levels of gratitude. Have you experienced forgiveness? Does your life demonstrate gratitude? Don’t miss this powerful story this […]


“God is self-existent, self-sufficient, eternal, immutable, omnipresent, omniscient, omnipotent, sovereign, infinite, and incomprehensible. We’re not. And that’s a good thing. Our limitations are by design. We were never meant to be God. But at the root of every sin is our rebellious desire to possess attributes that belong to God alone. Calling us to embrace […]

Conversations with Family

BIBLE CHALLENGE: Faith often gets its jumpstart at home. Parents demonstrate consistency who walk their faith and talk their faith at home. But God’s workshop of faith embraces home, factory, business, school, playground, shopping mall. Wherever we are, in that particular time and place God puts our faith to the very simple test of simple, […]

Retreat and Rest

Traveling this summer? Will your plans take you to family, to amusement parks, or into nature? Family visits encourage bonding. Amusement parks, in my opinion, offer artificial excitement, exhaustion. My excursions into nature have brought both physical exertion and mental relaxation, slowing life’s hectic pace considerably. I vote for nature. This summer, my wife and […]

Trinidad Update (6-30-2017)

Hey Everyone!  Boy have we been busy the past two days!  Yesterday (29th) we visited two schools (one primary and one special needs) and ate lunch at the botanical gardens in Port of Spain as well as did VBS and had Pastor Bachew give the kids a talk late into the night.  Today we helped […]

Trinidad Update! (6-28-2017)

Good evening! Katie Bartsch here! Pastor Josh has asked me to write the blog for today, so here I am! As today marked the first day of “Week 2”, we have all sort of started hitting a wall. I see this as an opportunity! Either to give in and stop trying, OR to rise to […]

Good Works

Good works … they’re everywhere. Or they should be. Good works cannot produce faith, cannot bring us to God. But good works can demonstrate our life in Christ. The Apostle Paul reminds us that our relationship with God comes through Jesus Christ, by faith, through his grace, as God’s gift, not of our works. With […]