Posts with the tag “brian-colmery”

Being in One Place at a Time
October 10th, 2019
From the printing press to the smart phone, every technological innovation is built to give us time. We used to have to wash clothes by hand, but now washing machines give us back those hours. We used...  Read More
by Cornerstone West Los Angeles
​It Takes A (Church) Village
September 12th, 2019
Parenting can be isolating. Which is surprising, given that parenting by definition increases the number of humans who hang out with you all the time. The reasons are varied: for example, new babies r...  Read More
by Cornerstone West Los Angeles
Three Reasons to Think About Eternity
January 2nd, 2019
All humans know that eternity is coming. A lot of us do our best to forget it. It can be disorienting to think about the fact that we will die and the universe will keep on going. Eternity is a long t...  Read More
by Cornerstone West Los Angeles
Life on Crutches
August 2nd, 2018
I sort of assumed that you’d have to do something pretty extreme to tear your achilles tendon. Apparently hopping up and down in excitement over a friend’s good news is more than enough to hobble you ...  Read More
by Cornerstone West Los Angeles
We Have to Talk About Money
February 6th, 2018
“While not everyone should know all our business, someone should.”When it comes to social situations, it’s common knowledge that you really shouldn’t bring up religion or politics. They make people un...  Read More
by Cornerstone West Los Angeles
The Extraordinary within the Normal
February 1st, 2018
“Embedded in your routines, your everyday drumbeat, is something real and true and worth enjoying.”    The pace of life in the city can drum the life right out of you. There’s a background noise of pe...  Read More
by Cornerstone West Los Angeles
A Message to the Single
May 2nd, 2017
“Let me encourage you that this conference is for you (and not in the way that you think).”Cornerstone is offering an evening conference called “Redeeming Singleness.” It’s at this point that most sin...  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
Everyone is Called to Orphan Care
January 31st, 2017
“It’s true that some people can’t ‘do that’ themselves—if by ‘that’ they mean take in a child in their current season of life. But orphan care is much larger than taking in a child. If by ‘that’ we me...  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
The Gray Areas and Our History
November 15th, 2016
“Our evangelical history—especially our recent history, over the last century—has often shaped the way we treat our Bible, and the way we over- or under-react [to gray areas] in our Christian lives. W...  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
A True Friend Stabs You In The Front
April 12th, 2016
You’d think a friend would be someone that doesn’t stab you in the back.  Oscar Wilde, a playwright from the last generation, disagrees.  True, a friend does not stab you in the back.  But a friend is...  Read More
by Cornerstone West Los Angeles
How to Disagree
March 31st, 2016
If anyone should know how to disagree well, it’s Christians.  In his three years of public ministry, Jesus disagreed with pretty much everybody at some point.  Yet he did it in such a way that he neve...  Read More
by Cornerstone West Los Angeles
Thinking in the Age of the Sound Byte
January 13th, 2016
Rene Descartes, a seventeenth century philosopher, spent a lot of time thinking about "the problem of error." If God is perfect and good and makes things that work well and are true (which he establis...  Read More
by Cornerstone West Los Angeles
How to Listen to a Sermon
July 15th, 2015
“I’ve noticed that, for someone who prepares and delivers sermons regularly, I’m really bad at listening to them myself.”    When you’ve been a Christian for ten years and faithfully attended your loc...  Read More
by Cornerstone West Los Angeles
Pornography and Actually Changing Things
June 23rd, 2015
"The path to deep change in real life isn't paved with your good intentions, your willpower, or your knowledge base...Your hope is not in your own strength... it is God who fixes things."Read part 1, ...  Read More
by Cornerstone West Los Angeles
Pornography and Idols of the Heart
June 9th, 2015
"Any sexual sin in your life is often about much deeper desires.  Focusing on the heart, by the power of the Holy Spirit, produces the kind of change that goes all the way down."    Read part 1, part ...  Read More
by Cornerstone West Los Angeles
Pornography and Idols of the Heart
June 4th, 2015
“The act of sexual immorality is the tip of the iceberg of our sin. And to properly deal with it, we have to aim deep. We’ll look at three levels of sexual immorality in the fight against pornography....  Read More
by Cornerstone West Los Angeles
Pornography, Purity Talks,
May 28th, 2015
“The Bible is clear that sexuality is not just good, but also sacred.”    Read part 1 here.When I was in high school, I had an experience common to many young Christians: the “purity talk” at youth gr...  Read More
by Cornerstone West Los Angeles
We Have A Pornography Problem
May 21st, 2015
“We have to take our blinders off. We have to see pornography for what it is: devastating, painful, and sinful.”    If you are reading this, you have a pornography problem. You might be a woman who ha...  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
Theology Is Worship
March 10th, 2015
"Theology is learning the ways of God for the purpose of intimacy with God."    “Theology” means different things to different people. To some Christians, theology turns faith into a cold, lifeless se...  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
How To Sing A Song In Church
November 12th, 2014
"Singing is part of our enjoyment and embracing of a holy, loving God who sent His Son to die on our behalf."    One of the strangest things that Christians do is get together in the same room and sin...  Read More
by Cornerstone West Los Angeles
How To Keep A Prayer List
August 28th, 2014
"Keeping a system for your prayer requests is not just a way to feel organized, it's a way to encourage your own heart as you see God answering prayers and changing lives."    Have you ever told someo...  Read More
by Cornerstone West Los Angeles
The Will of God and Making Decisions
August 5th, 2014
"If God has a wonderful plan for my life...why doesn't he tell me what it is?"    "If God has a wonderful plan for my life...why doesn't he tell me what it is?" So begins the second chapter in Kevin D...  Read More
by Cornerstone West Los Angeles
Get Intoxicated
February 7th, 2014
"Cultivate a heart that chooses and waits expectantly for delight."From Augustine to DC Talk, Christians have long been advocates of the idea that love (or "luv", as TobyMac would have it) is a verb. ...  Read More
by Cornerstone West Los Angeles