Strangers and Citizens

Christ Covenant Church in Mesquite is -- deliberately and intentionally -- a cross-cultural community. That means we are a community made up of people from different cultures and backgrounds; it also means we are a community whose culture is shaped by the cross of Christ. As a pastor of this cross-cultural, bi-lingual congregation, I have the... Continue Reading →

A Shepherd’s Life

Christ Covenant Church Jon Marq Toombs 5 February 2017 / Fifth Sunday After the Epiphany John 21:15-25 Listen Here [A midrash, not a manuscript.] After the crucifixion and resurrection of Jesus, Peter experienced a faith-crisis. Even though Jesus had called him to leave his career as a fisherman, Peter decided to return to his boats and... Continue Reading →


Our Presbytery meeting will be Friday, February 3 @ 7 PM for worship -- and Saturday, February 4 @ 8 AM for prayers, exams, reports, coffee, and other business. All are invited and encouraged to attend both days. Nuestra reunión del Presbiterio será el viernes 3 de febrero a las 7 pm para la adoración... Continue Reading →

Ecclesiastes: Under the Sun and Beyond

Ecclesiastes: Under the Sun and Beyond Sunday School Schedule  We will begin a series of table-talk conversations on the Book of Ecclesiastes this Lord's day. Ecclesiastes: A 12-Week Study by Justin Holcomb will give us a guided tour of this strange piece of wisdom literature. Feb 5 - Introduction and Theme (1: 1– 3) Feb 12 - First... Continue Reading →

A Fisherman’s Harvest

Christ Covenant Church Jon Marq Toombs 22 January 2017 / Third Sunday After the Epiphany John 21:1-14 Listen Here [A midrash, not a manuscript.] Our sermon text for today is John 21:1-14. If you are willing and able, please stand for the reading of God’s Holy Word. The word of God reads: Afterward Jesus appeared again to... Continue Reading →

Pray First

"I urge, then, first of all, that petitions, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for all people— for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness. This is good, and pleases God our Savior, who wants all people to be saved and to come to a knowledge of the truth. For there is one God and... Continue Reading →

Call for Aid

Over the past few days my news feed and inbox have been overwhelmed with pleas for support from various para-church ministries. While many of these ministries do much good and are worthy of all support they can get, I cannot help but think of all the local congregations of God's people  (especially smaller ones) that could... Continue Reading →

A Hazardous Vocation

Jon Marq Toombs 10 November 2016 Chapel / Redeemer Seminary 2 Timothy 2:1-13 Demythologizing Gospel Ministry My purpose today is to encourage you to lift up your eyes and look beyond the walls and library of this seminary and see the world to which you will go with the gospel. Our sermon text for today is... Continue Reading →

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