Posts with the category “gospel-motivation”

Good Princess, Bad Princess, and Our Status as Daughters of the King
October 1st, 2020
As we've walked through some of the famous Old Testament stories in our summer sermon series at Cornerstone, I am struck by the power of story to help us better understand God and ourselves. And the m...  Read More
by Kristen Neiditch
A Biblical Response to “You Do You”
May 27th, 2020
One of the most curious effects that traveling to another country can have on us is the illumination the time away brings to deeply embedded cultural mindsets we’ve developed in our current country of...  Read More
by Cornerstone West Los Angeles
Am I This Personality Type?
October 3rd, 2019
About a decade ago, I read up on the descriptions of introverts and extroverts and exhaled a big sigh of relief. I finally had some concrete understanding and descriptions of why I as an introvert wou...  Read More
by Cornerstone West Los Angeles
Savoring Salvation
July 10th, 2018
As someone who grew up in a Christian home yet had never gone to a Good Friday service, the idea of celebrating that particular holy day seemed foreign to me - more like an extra day for the Catholics...  Read More
by Cornerstone West Los Angeles
Jane Austen and the War in Vietnam
May 10th, 2018
To most people the American war in Vietnam comes off as a huge mess.It was ‘my’ war since I came of age in the 60’s and 70’s. In my sophomore year in college I was drafted. I spent a month of sleeples...  Read More
by Kristen Neiditch
Abiding and Freedom: A Lenten Meditation
March 28th, 2018
I have so appreciated the Sunday dramatizations at Cornerstone and the literary pieces on the blog during this Lenten season. They’ve reminded me to read my Bible not only with a critical mind, but wi...  Read More
by Kristen Neiditch
A Meditation on Being "Old and Full of Years"
March 22nd, 2018
"Life can seem more deeply disappointing as you accumulate years and experiences...Yet all of us, at every age, struggle with how life isn't working." "Autumn is really the best of seasons; and I'm no...  Read More
by Cornerstone West Los Angeles
Sports and the Tyranny of Self-Justification
August 22nd, 2017
“Christian, you have been justified by the blood of Christ, and are therefore free from the crushing burden of having to justify yourself through your performance.”    In the movie “Chariots of Fire”,...  Read More
by Cornerstone West Los Angeles
Darkness, Blindness and Sight
March 29th, 2017
“The Bible has always used light and darkness, blindness and sight, as metaphors for our spiritual understanding. Salvation is a matter of God opening blind eyes by shining light into the darkness. Sp...  Read More
by Cornerstone West Los Angeles
Letters to CWLA: Pastor Matt
February 16th, 2017
“Through the ups and downs of life I pray that the constant reality for you is your experience of the love of God.”    In conjunction with our “Letters to a Healthy Church” sermon series, each pastor ...  Read More
by Cornerstone West Los Angeles
The Emperor\'s New Clothing
December 29th, 2016
"Jesus gives us clothes of salvation and righteousness that we can't earn, can't buy, and can't find here on the earth."    When I was a kid, I had a children's book that told the story of The Emperor...  Read More
by Cornerstone West Los Angeles
Letters to CWLA: Pastor Brian
October 24th, 2016
“It is an inescapable conclusion that God made Cornerstone. And he made it good. And I am happy.”In conjunction with our “Letters to a Healthy Church” sermon series, each pastor has written a letter t...  Read More
by Cornerstone West Los Angeles
The God Who Is (or is not) There
August 4th, 2016
“The historic Christian position is that man’s dilemma has a moral cause. God, being nondetermined, created man as a nondetermined person. This is a difficult idea for anyone thinking in twentieth-cen...  Read More
by Cornerstone West Los Angeles
Letters to CWLA: Pastor Scott
July 18th, 2016
In conjunction with our “Letters to a Healthy Church” sermon series, each pastor has written a letter to Cornerstone in a similar style to Paul's pastoral letters.  We pray they will be a blessing and...  Read More
by Cornerstone West Los Angeles
The Gospel and the Ethics of Work
July 14th, 2016
“The topic of workplace ethics necessarily covers more than just the way in which we treat the people that we work with, but our entire goal in what we are trying to accomplish and the way in which we...  Read More
by Cornerstone West Los Angeles
For the Perpetually Single Christian
July 11th, 2016
“No matter what the world says, you don’t need to find another person to complete you, for you are made complete in Christ.”    When I asked Scott Mehl if there was anything he’d like me to write abou...  Read More
by Cornerstone West Los Angeles
What if I Stumble?
June 22nd, 2016
If you were a Christian coming of age in the 90s, it’s likely that your most prized CD was DC Talk’s Jesus Freak. You wore that moniker proudly, maybe even had the T-shirt. You didn’t care if they lab...  Read More
by Cornerstone West Los Angeles
The God Who Sees Families
September 10th, 2015
"Every child is a blessing, even the ones that are difficult to love."Read part 1, part 2, and part 4.Way back in 1998, when I was first married, there was a little boy named Dustin who lived next doo...  Read More
by Cornerstone West Los Angeles
The God Who Sees Women
September 3rd, 2015
"Instead of seeing dichotomies— pro-woman or pro-baby, pro-choice or pro-life—we can see a truly difficult situation with hope. Real hope. Lasting hope. For we know that God found us when we were lost...  Read More
by Cornerstone West Los Angeles
At Capacity, but Not Perplexed
August 28th, 2015
"How can you tell when you are at capacity?"    How can you tell when you are at capacity?These last weeks, I’ve had James 1:2 running through my head: “Count it all joy my brothers, when you meet tri...  Read More
by Cornerstone West Los Angeles
The God Who Sees
August 28th, 2015
"..what I'm really talking about is the Gospel. There is hope and healing here for those who find themselves in any unplanned situation..."These last few weeks have been disturbing for me, to say the ...  Read More
by Cornerstone West Los Angeles
Gentle and Quiet
June 3rd, 2015
Last week I wrote about modesty and its relation to 1 Peter 3:3-4:“Do not let your adorning be external—the braiding of hair and the putting on of gold jewelry, or the clothing you wear—but let your a...  Read More
by Cornerstone West Los Angeles
The Intersection of Reading and Spirituality
June 2nd, 2015
Here’s a confession—I buy a lot more books than I read. Don’t tell on me, OK? It’ll be our secret. But I had to teach myself to do this. My family of origin didn’t have much money, and so each book ha...  Read More
by Cornerstone West Los Angeles
The Fragrance of Grace, Love,
May 19th, 2015
Before dinner my kids must wash their hands. Typically before we eat they are outside, digging in dirt, climbing trees, bouncing balls and climbing on rails, such that by the time they get upstairs th...  Read More
by Cornerstone West Los Angeles
Six Ways Justification Will Change Your Life
April 9th, 2015
"Despite a remarkable amount of discipline and self-control, the Bible [will] always point out sins [we] miss."    Martin Luther became a monk to rid himself of sin and dedicate himself to pleasing Go...  Read More
by Cornerstone West Los Angeles
6 Things You Should Know About Justification
April 2nd, 2015
"Near the center of the reformation was this issue: how are we made right in the eyes of God?  In other words, how are we justified before God?"When Martin Luther nailed his 95 Theses to the door of a...  Read More
by Cornerstone West Los Angeles
Redeeming Our Emotions
March 12th, 2015
"Emotions are produced when our heart loves God above all else, and emotions are produced when our hearts love ourselves above all else."In my last post, God And Our Emotions, I discussed our identity...  Read More
by Cornerstone West Los Angeles
God And Our Emotions
March 5th, 2015
"As an emotional being, God created us as emotional beings that we might know him, connect with him, and bear his beautiful and glorious image."    To feel strong emotions is to be human. Love, joy, s...  Read More
by Cornerstone West Los Angeles
Baptizing My 7-Year-Old Daughter
February 26th, 2015
"We ought to be careful to not withhold baptism from children who are convicted of the call to be baptized and desire to be obedient to Christ."    My kids have repeatedly seen baptisms take place dur...  Read More
by Cornerstone West Los Angeles
Seasons May Change, but God Doesn’t
January 21st, 2015
"The character of God can anchor us as we navigate anything that comes our way, but we must choose to believe in who He is. Too often we are distracted by all that surrounds us and we lose sight of th...  Read More
by Cornerstone West Los Angeles
Look Forward To The Future Promise
January 14th, 2015
“... the Bible points us to something beyond partial enjoyment and tentative hope. Scripture points us forward, to a day when things really will change...”    In a previous post, I mentioned that New ...  Read More
by Cornerstone West Los Angeles