Pastors Blog

May 28, 2021

What Makes Christianity Unique?

By Pastor Anthony Pranno One of my favorite Christian authors is Philip Yancey. I’ve read everything he’s written and been greatly blessed. Yancey has a way […]
January 14, 2021

For Such A Time As This

by Pastor Mark Shupe 2020 will likely go down as the year we would like to forget (although we never will). Launching into 2021 signals a […]
December 31, 2020


by Dr. Anthony Pranno James 4:13-17 Now listen, you who say, “Today or tomorrow we will go to this or that city, spend a year there, […]
December 30, 2020

Your Forgiveness is a Bridge to Jesus

by Pastor Scott Godinez Corrie ten Boom bravely hid Jews from Nazi forces during the years of the holocaust. At great risk to herself, her family […]
December 24, 2020

The Greatest Gift

by Pastor Mark Shupe Some of my favorite childhood memories of Christmas began each year with the arrival in the mail of the large catalogues from […]
December 20, 2020


by Pastor Anthony Pranno How do you know if you’re wise? How do you know if there is wisdom in your heart? At the end of […]
December 11, 2020

The Meaning of Life

by Pastor Mark Shupe As I reflect on all the events of 2020, a year that so many would like to forget, I can’t think of […]
December 10, 2020

The Presence of Christmas

by Pastor Mark Shupe And she gave birth to her first-born son and she wrapped Him in cloths, and laid Him in a manger, because there […]
November 19, 2020

Handling the Hardships of Life

Written by Pastor Mark Shupe Webster’s Dictionary defines hardship as “something that causes suffering or privation (being deprived).” As our governing authorities continue to place restrictions […]
November 1, 2020

Confession In Community

Written by Pastor Scott Godinez, Have you ever found yourself in disobedience to God, asked him to forgive you and then went on with your life? […]
October 22, 2020

God Uses Tightropes For Your Good!

By Pastor Scott Godinez There is nothing that pits our determination against consequence more than walking a tightrope. From head to toe you must be entirely […]
October 19, 2020

The Gift of Encouragement

There is a person in the Bible whose name literally means “Son of Encouragement.” Barnabas was aptly named as on so many occasions he extended the […]
October 7, 2020

“Live Like You Were Dying”

By Pastor Scott Godinez I’m a big fan of country music. If you ever find me outside working in my garage you can be certain you’ll […]
September 17, 2020

God Talk

We use all kinds of phrases to describe God, but rarely do we think of God as a model for the kind of words we are […]
September 10, 2020


by Pastor Anthony Pranno By the end of James chapter one, James writes something that serves as a thesis for the rest of the letter. The […]
September 4, 2020

True Religion

by Pastor Anthony Pranno At the very end of James 1, James switches gears with a second illustration of what it means to not only be […]
August 27, 2020

The Origins of Temptation & Sin

by Pastor Anthony Pranno Have you ever noticed that many people think sin is a lot more fun than obedience? Do you remember these lyrics from […]
August 20, 2020

We Won!!!

by Pastor Scott Godinez “WE WON!” Perhaps the two greatest words any sports fan might cheer. Even more so if its the biggest game of the […]
August 13, 2020


by Pastor Mark Shupe When I was a child my friends and I would often play a game called “Pretend.” It always started with this question: […]
August 6, 2020

Get Your Spurs On!

by Pastor Anthony Pranno The Apostle Paul had much to say about loving and encouraging other Christians in his Prison Epistles (Ephesians, Philippians, and Colossians), but […]
July 30, 2020

If I Were Satan in 2020…

by Pastor Scott Godinez It’s the summer of 2020, and if I were Satan at work in the United States, I would play with your fears […]
July 23, 2020

Making the Most of Opportunities

by Pastor Mark Shupe “And who knows but that you have come to your royal position for such a time as this?” The above quote comes […]
July 16, 2020


by Pastor Scott Godinez Often I go on bike rides and I love to bring my children along with me. It slows me down A LOT, […]
July 9, 2020

Extraordinary Christians

by Dr. Anthony Pranno If I asked you whether or not you consider yourself a “Christian,” what would you say? I bet most of the people […]
June 25, 2020

All Service Matters to God

by Pastor Mark Shupe In January, I decided to embark on a plan to read through the Bible in one year. The reading schedule now has […]
June 18, 2020

Husbands, The New Love Experts

by Pastor Scott Godinez Just today I went into a local wood working store, and experienced the all too familiar sense of being a beginner. And […]
June 11, 2020

Examine Yourselves

by Dr. Anthony Pranno Have you ever taken a personality assessment? Psychologists have created a host of different tools that can test, rate, quantify and pigeonhole […]
May 14, 2020

The Anxieties of Life

by Pastor Mark Shupe “Anxiety is taking on responsibilities we were never intended to have.” I heard that quote when I was in college and the […]
May 7, 2020

Complaining during COVID-19

by Dr. Anthony Pranno When the Apostle Paul was dealing with his own version of “stay at home orders,” he wrote a letter to the church […]
May 2, 2020

1st Place in Every Place

by Pastor Scott Godinez You can be assured that your greatest efforts for Christ will never be in vain but instead will reap eternal reward!
April 23, 2020

Handling the Change Ups of Life

By Pastor Mark Shupe In professional baseball (oh how I am missing watching the Rockies), one of the most effective pitches a pitcher can utilize is […]
April 17, 2020
All-In Follower of Jesus

The All-In Follower of Jesus

by Dr. Anthony Pranno Maybe during your stay-at-home orders, you’ve flipped through some lesser-viewed channels on your television. Have you come across No-limit Texas Hold‘em? Here’s what […]
April 9, 2020

The Lord’s Supper

The Lord’s Supper can feel like just another thing we do in church. But when we take a closer look at Jesus’ words we are reminded […]
April 2, 2020

A Personal Response

Pastor Mark shares in some very personal ways some things he has been learning while facing these chaotic and unpredictable times.
March 25, 2020

The Disengaged

This week Pastor Anthony follows up Sunday’s message by examining yet another character from Rembrandt’s “The Storm on the Sea of Galilee.” Do you ever just […]
March 19, 2020

Certainty & Things

by Pastor Scott Godinez Can we ever know anything with “certainty?”  There has been such a rise in “fake news” and “fact-checkers” it’s as though truth […]
March 5, 2020

Sons and Daughters of God

by Pastor Anthony Pranno The phrase “children of God” has really lost its punch in recent days. While many prefer to view all human beings as […]
February 28, 2020

God in the Details

by Pastor Mark Shupe Earlier this year I started a “Read Through the Bible in One Year” plan that to this point has taken me through […]
February 13, 2020

Power by Preparation

by Pastor Anthony Pranno Examining what the Apostle Paul did before he became the man and missionary we all know challenges our ideas of calling to […]
February 12, 2020

Sticky Fingers & the Future of the Church

by Pastor Scott Godinez Did you know that Barna Research Group conducted a study to determine the age of “salvation” for Christians in America? Their findings […]
February 5, 2020

True Love

by Pastor Mark Shupe It is the month of Love, highlighted by that special day for that special someone in your life. Love is not only […]
January 31, 2020

Precious Moments & the Joy of God

by Pastor Scott Godinez Do you remember the ceramic figurines with the sweet smiling faces, deep eyes and rosy cheeks? My grandmother had several. My mom […]
January 22, 2020

Deep Sleep

by Pastor Anthony Pranno If you’re like me, you’ve noticed that “sleep” has become a higher priority for many Americans. Countless advertisements promise a great night […]
January 15, 2020

Growing Up or Growing Older?

by Pastor Mark Shupe I remember as a kid many times hearing my parents say those words no kid really wanted to hear: “Why don’t you […]
January 10, 2020

Spend The Year With God

Have you ever read the Bible in a year? It’s a great journey and one well worth taking. The Bible can feel intimidating at times with […]
December 19, 2019

Christmas for Whoever

by Pastor Anthony Pranno The most well-known, well-loved passage in all the Bible includes a word that is strangely misunderstood. Take a look at John 3:16… […]
December 11, 2019

The Presence of Christmas

And she gave birth to her first-born son and she wrapped Him in cloths, and laid Him in a manger, because there was no room for […]
December 6, 2019

The Most Hopeless Season of All

By Pastor Scott Godinez A mixture of brokenness, confusion, and fear flooded my veins like a dam bursting. Everything that was once held back firmly, now […]
November 22, 2019

Giving Thanks for Community

by Pastor Anthony Pranno The well-known minister H.A. Ironside had an interesting experience in a crowded restaurant. Just as he was about to begin his meal, […]
November 15, 2019

You Are

You Are by Pastor Mark Shupe From time to time I find myself in need of being reminded of my true identity as a believer in […]
November 8, 2019

Tessa & the Lights: A Parable

By Pastor Scott Godinez On a snowcapped hillside, Tessa stood tall next to her father, she did not know why she was there but she did […]
October 25, 2019

No Mess, No Mission

by Pastor Anthony Pranno Where there are no oxen, the manger is empty. Proverbs 14:4 Most Proverbs are easy to understand. You can let your eyes […]
October 17, 2019

Father of the Bride

by Pastor Mark Shupe My daughter Rachel is getting married in a little over a week and the whole wedding planning process has often left me […]
October 10, 2019

Who Do Your Words Say You Are?

by Pastor Scott Godinez What if you were known only by the words you speak? What if someone read a transcript of all your words from […]
October 4, 2019

Don’t Forget

by Pastor Anthony Pranno One day after Albert Einstein had moved to his home at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, New Jersey, the telephone […]
September 27, 2019

Learnings About Fruit

by Pastor Mark Shupe My first recollection of eating any kind of fruit happened when I was a kid at my grandmother’s house. I noticed she […]
September 18, 2019

Leaping Into Unexpected Change

by Pastor Scott Godinez One of the things that always gets under my skin quicker, and more consistently than anything else is when I miss a […]
September 12, 2019

Nice to meet you

Have you ever noticed the way Paul introduces himself in his letters? In 2 Corinthians his introduction reads, “Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus by the […]
August 29, 2019

The Writings of God

by Pastor Mark Shupe Before the invention of the internet and wireless networks, if a person wanted to communicate with other people they would often sit […]
August 10, 2019

When Students Pray…

When Students Pray:  Today I want to invite you into the praying heart of your student. I want to invite you to hear the voice of […]
August 9, 2019

Changing our Definition of Success

Have you ever heard the paradoxical statement, “The only thing that never changes is change itself”? It seems that as soon as we get used to […]
August 8, 2019

The Simple Life

by Pastor Mark Shupe My wife’s grandmother, June Craig, passed away in 2010 at the ripe old age of 100. Mrs. Craig had 17 grandchildren and […]
August 1, 2019

When A Christian Falls

by Pastor Scott Godinez There is a phrase commonly spoken by motorcyclists. I first heard it from a seasoned rider about 80 years old. He said […]
July 25, 2019

Context is Everything

by Pastor Anthony Pranno During the last two months, we have looked at well-known Bible verses that are commonly taken out of context, used and abused […]
July 3, 2019

My Favorite Bible Study Tools

My Favorite Bible Study Tools by Pastor Mark Shupe In connection with our “Context is Everything” teaching series, here is a list of some of my […]
June 26, 2019

Pastor Scott’s Reading List, Summer 2019

Like many of the pastors at Cornerstone Church, I love to read! When I was a kid many of my friends lived too far away for […]
June 20, 2019

Spiritual Road Rage

Spiritual Road Rage As someone who loves playing and watching sports, I always appreciate some of the competitive and athletic illustrations used in Scripture. One such […]
June 12, 2019

A Father’s Love

A Father’s Love One of the more intriguing class assignments I had in my graduate counseling program was to write a paper on how my relationship […]
June 4, 2019

“I Yam What I Yam”

I yam what I yam!by Pastor Anthony Pranno You wouldn’t have to talk to me very long to hear how fond I am of the book […]
May 20, 2019

Hot Cheetos, Pianos and Surrender

Written By Pastor Scott Godinez, I am entirely overwhelmed by the many, many encouraging words from everyone who spoke to me about our Youth Sunday service […]
May 10, 2019

Responding to the Tragedies of Life

Written By, Pastor Mark Shupe Responding to Tragedies of Life “Blessed is the one who perseveres under trial because, having stood the test, that person will […]
May 6, 2019

Forgiveness: A Battle of Wits

Forgiveness: A Battle of Wits Written by Pastor Anthony Pranno The city of Corinth had a reputation in the first century. They were the nasty boys […]
April 25, 2019

Who Holds the Pen?

Written by: Scott Godinez, Youth Pastor Is God Writing Your Story? Or is There a Struggle for Who Holds the Pen? Consider Jonah, God had called […]
October 2, 2018

The Apple Doesn’t Fall Far from the Tree

It’s an old saying and many times quite true, but nobody wants to be pigeonholed by their upbringing. Does the fact that your parents did this […]
September 23, 2018

God’s Investment Strategy

There’s an old story about a businessman who was granted a single wish by an angel. Of all the things he could wish for, he wanted […]