By Max Thomas on January 6th, 2019
This last week we moved to Hawaii and yes the weather is beautiful (especially when I get weather updates from back in Minnesota), the sunsets are dreamy, and the mountains behind our house are lush and breathtaking in their own right. It’s only been a few days but I haven’t been able to get the Moana soundtrack out of my head yet, please pray for me...
The Faith of Abraham and the Road to Emmaus
By Max Thomas on November 26th, 2018
Over the past 6 months I have frequently thought about Abraham, the father of our faith, who left his home to follow the voice of God even though he didn’t know where he was going. We serve the God of Abraham, the God who calls us to to follow Him on the mysterious road of faith and life to places that we do not know...
We Should Love the Church
By Max Thomas on September 28th, 2018
At some point, I’m not exactly sure when or maybe it has always been the case, ragging on the church came into style. Brownie points were up for grabs for pastors and congregants alike to take pot-shots at the church. The church is lazy, dull, dead, worthless, a country club, social sham, etc. I’ve heard it all. With large sweep brush strokes that would put Bob Ross to shame we speak about the American church as if she is nothing but a dead corpse being drug down the road of history by past accomplishments...
Explained by the Gospel: The Gospel Changes Everything
By Max Thomas on March 15th, 2018
Does your life demand a gospel explanation? ..
Ash To Ash
By Max Thomas on February 15th, 2018
Last night the kids and I went to our very first Ash Wednesday service. It was, with no hyperbole, one of the five or six most impactful services of my life. As someone who has grown up in a stream of Christianity that does not engage in liturgy or observe the church calendar (other than Christmas and Easter obviously) I thought offering some of my thoughts from the experience would be helpful and enlightening to some...
Loving the Local Church: A Confession
By Max Thomas on January 31st, 2018
Have you ever read the laundry list of afflictions Paul went through in 2 Corinthians 11? It’s both astounding and depressing; astounding that one man could go through so much and remain faithful and depressing because a man as faithful as Paul still endured all of that. To say I can’t imagine what he went through is a gross understatement...
The Prayer Book of Jesus
By Max Thomas on January 10th, 2018
Christ was formed by the Psalms. The words of those poems and songs shaped His heart, soul, and mind. When God is revealed most clearly, dying for the sins of the world so that we may be reconciled to Him, we hear the words of the Psalms...
Wrestling With Osama
By Max Thomas on October 25th, 2017
There are a few days that I will remember for the rest of my life. The first is September 11, 2001. I think everyone over the age of 25 or so remembers that day. Where they were. What they felt. How the world stopped. It’s the day the world was injected with fear, we call it terror, like a poisonous venom from an unsuspecting serpent...
What We Forget Every Sunday
By Max Thomas on August 29th, 2017
How did you get here? Life is simply the journey of one individual person and each of us walks our own road. That road intersects with other’s, weaving in and out like the thread of a beautiful tapestry. But each thread is its own. Your journey is different than mine. The current you is the sum of all your previous moments put together. In many respects, we are where we have been...
The Seven Most Formative Books I've Ever Read
By Max Thomas on July 27th, 2017
I am regularly asked to give my opinion on books or for a book recommendation about a particular subject. Needless to say but anyone who wants to learn, grow, and mature both personally and spiritually you will need to be a reader...
By Max Thomas on July 12th, 2017
In my last blog post, I wrote about our beginning. Why say yes to missions? Why go to people and places that have never heard the gospel before? Why “sacrifice” legitimately good things including money, security, stability, opportunity, and possibly safety to go serve as a frontier missionary? I briefly answered but this will serve as a bit of an expansion...
By Steffany Thomas on June 22nd, 2017
I sit on my couch in Mankato, MN thinking about the weight I’ve carried in my heart for unreached people ever since I said yes to Jesus 7 years ago. I knew that I would be going to people who have never heard the gospel someday… but I didn’t know when..
What Can You Do
By Max Thomas on June 22nd, 2017
A few short days before Jesus would drink the cup of sin and death by bearing our sins upon His shoulders He sat around Simon the Leper’s table drinking a cup of wine celebrating the faithfulness of God demonstrated in the Exodus a a few thousand years prior. Unbeknownst to everyone there that night the death angel which passed over the blood soak Hebrew doors in Egypt two thousand years earlier was now starting to hover over the soul of the new and greater Lamb of God. That is, everyone but one person, Mary of Bethany...
The Prayer Room: A Place For The Broken
By Max Thomas on June 13th, 2017
The prayer room is a unique place for many reasons. It is a place for spiritual growth, vitality; a place to encounter God and cry out to Him for salvation and revival; a place for loving adoration and worship. I have committed myself to that prayer room for all of those reasons. They are all glorious in their own rights. If you remove any of them from your faith you have another faith altogether but you don’t have the biblical picture of the living Christian faith...
God's Restorative Justice
By Steffany Thomas on February 9th, 2017
I grew up in the weird town. A strange cross between Mayberry and Minneapolis. Every once in awhile something crazy happens here; we had a riot a few years back, a murder last summer, and a string of underage drinking deaths when I was in high school. My family was victim to one of crazy things in 2002...
A Look Back
By Max Thomas on June 26th, 2016
Success is the magic word that makes our society run. It is the “open sesame” for modern western culture and the carrot that is dangled in front of each person’s heart to motivate them to work hard and give their all. But while we all want to be successful we all define success differently. And how a person defines success in reality defines them whether they are aware of it or not...
The Routine of Revival
By Max Thomas on January 28th, 2016
“Preparation belongs to man but timing belongs to the Lord.”
These are the wise words of David Wagner, a humble man who is gifted in the prophetic in a way I had only read about before I met him. I think this is a prophetic proverb. It is for me personally. I haven’t been able to get this statement out of my head since October. Like the busted CD player in my car that makes every CD repeat over and over again...
Destiny: A Man With A Golden Gun
By Max Thomas on January 23rd, 2016
Destiny, it seems to the the holy grail of Christian ideals; the golden gun that would slay every foe with a single bullet. To some it seems like pure myth while to others it is a reality that has simply alluded them to this point. Regardless of what side you land on many are left feeling empty and purposeless. What’s my purpose? What is God’s will for my life? What is my destiny? These are the questions that haunt many believers like a nightmare, especially young ones as they are just starting their journey...
Ten Things I've Learned In 10 Years
By Max Thomas on January 5th, 2016
This past week I celebrated a decade of being a Christian. To say that time has flown by would be an understatement for sure. In the past decade I’ve graduated high school and college, got my first big boy job and then two years later entered ministry, got engaged, twice (oops) and got married (only once), forgot my wife’s first birthday after we got married (oops again) only to redeem myself by running 6 miles in the pitch black night to get ingredients for chocolate covered strawberries from Walmart...
Love is death
By Max Thomas on November 5th, 2015
Love, what is it? Good question. Everyone seems to have their own answer. Some say that love is deep affection that blossoms into a lifelong commitment. Others say it is when you find your perfect match in life; your “other half”. While others yet have reduced it to nothing more than passionate infatuation that manifests itself in kind words and butterfly kisses...