Reach higher!

Speaking personally, 2017 has been a year for pushing harder and reaching new heights. For years, I (unknowingly) set self-imposed limitations. Don’t get me wrong. I have always set (and achieved) goals. Some of them have even been lofty ones. However, I often...

The power of a surprise…

Dear City Church, I hope you had a great Thanksgiving. The Bonenberger household sure did. A few weeks ago, I surprised Lisa with plane tickets to visit her family in Chicago for her birthday. Lisa’s sister had just given birth to a 3 pound 15 ounce...

Holiday fun at City Church starts now!

In a sermon I gave in May, I said “Before we know it, we’ll all be singing ‘Rudolph the Rednose Reindeer.'” Those words sounded good in my head… but the holidays felt a long ways away. Well, they’re almost here! I’m looking...

When faith isn’t making sense…

  At some point, most of us face moments when (we feel as if) our best efforts to follow God just aren’t adding up. The health issue we prayed would get better… gets worse. The sick loved one we had hoped for God to heal passes away. The friendship...

What God wants me to know about the end of the world…

  Scholars have sought to unlock the mysteries of the book of Revelation for almost two thousand years. Perhaps no topic has captivated the attention of Christians and skeptics alike as much as this book. Moreover, virtually every generation since the ascension...