Many of us have precious memories of Thanksgiving's past, when life was easy, bellies were full, and laughter sounded the room. Those memories, for some, may feel all too distant this time of the year. Perhaps instead of "thanks" your heart is warring to fight off the pain of loss, unmet desires, and suffering. These feelings leave you asking, "Can I be thankful this Thank...Keep Reading
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Let the Wonder of Christmas Move You We can't wait! Beginning December 2, we at The Brook will set our focus to the humble coming of Jesus 2,000 years ago. When Jesus was born, God made his home with us! If you're feeling far from God or disconnected from His church, reconnect this Christmas season. Wherever you're at, reach out to people in your life who are far from God, and invite them to join you at The Brook. ...
Today Ninja Turtles, Disney Princesses, Super Heroes, and Frankenstein will show up at your door asking for a sugar-filled treat. Sure, some of these outfitted candy-seekers will look weird, freaky, and downright creepy. But rather than shutting out this nationwide costume party, let's take a fresh look at Halloween. ...
"God You alone are worthy of every and all praise! You are worthy because you are the creator, sustainer, and redeemer of my life. Before I was formed and alive, you were. You desire honor and glory for your namesake. Lord I confess that there are times that I have cheated our covenant relationship, turning to idols and I’ve messed up. My eyes and ears have been veiled by lies from different voices, teachings, and from the enemy himself, that I’ve drifted away from Jesus Christ. Help me to uproot those lies, coming back to the source of my life, that I may worship you by treasuring your truth, lifting my voice, and living in a way that honors and glorifies your name. That through my life, all may know that you are God. For you are El Kanna, a God whose name is Jealous because you are a jealous God." ...
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Focused Prayer and Fasting this September 2015 #ThirstyPrayers...Keep Reading
10 Days of prayer and fasting. But what exactly is fasting and how do I do it? ...Keep Reading
The book of Psalms is a treasure that is often overlooked in the Bible. In the Psalms we see the extent of human experience ranging from joyous celebration, utter despair, consuming fear, bitter jealousy, to confident trust in God. The word "selah" is a Hebrew musical term probably meaning "lift up" where singers would either raise their eyes to the heavens or lift up thei...Keep Reading
With our 100th Sunday approaching on August 30th, we're setting a goal as a church of connecting with 100 people who are far from God or not a part of a local church. We envision this taking place over a cup of coffee in the evening with an old friend, on your lunch break with a coworker, an intentional invite to The Brook while on the bus with someone you started a conve...Keep Reading
As we approach our 100th worship service at The Brook on August 30, 2015, we begin our 100 Campaign on July 19 revisiting what it means to see Jesus exalted in our lives, our marriages, our friendships, our singleness, our trials, our joys and our community Join us for the journey! www.thebrookchi.com ...Keep Reading
The God of the Bible is a good God, who is infinite in his worth, supreme in his love, and breathtaking in his compassion. He alone can satisfy the deepest longings of the human heart and supply us with lasting joy, forgiveness, and eternal hope. With him as the hope for humanity and the delight of the Church, we are faced with a historic day in our nation as it pertains t...Keep Reading
I was in Jr. High the first time my eyes saw pornography. In God’s grace, he’s rooted out the image from my mind but the scenario is still there. I wasn’t looking for it, but it found me. I was heading into my classroom at school when a classmate had a picture in his hand and literally put it right in front of my face and then ran off. One of the most sobering lesson...Keep Reading
Prayer is that precious gift of direct communication with God. It's what Jesus did on the mountainside. It's what Jesus made possible by his death and resurrection. It's what Paul told us to do "without ceasing." It's what Hannah did in her time of need. It's what Jonah did from the belly of the fish. It's what David did, while hiding in caves. It's what Paul did on behalf...Keep Reading
On April 5 we will celebrate the glorious fact that Jesus is alive! If Jesus didn't raise from the dead, then our faith is in vain. "But in fact Christ has been raised from the dead," writes Paul, and because he lives, we want to tell the world around us about our great hope in Jesus. This Easter, we are having two Easter services at 9am and 11am to double our praise and s...Keep Reading