Jesus the Tempted

Everytime I read the story of Jesus being tempted by the devil in the wilderness, I am struck at his complete obedience to God the Father. 


Jesus the Beloved

And when Jesus was baptized, immediately he went up from the water, and behold, the heavens were opened to him, and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and coming to rest on him; and behold, a voice from heaven said, “This is my beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased. (Matthew 3:16,17)


Then They Will Fast

By Mike Donnalley

Take a moment and consider with me the implications of these words Jesus spoke about fasting in Matthew 9:14-15...


Set Free by Fear

Should we fear God? This may sound like a question that has little relevance to life as a modern person, yet it is one that we all answer every day with how we live our lives. This is because fear is a powerful motivator and plays a major role in our decision making. Whether we are aware of it or not, we are fearful creatures.


Gospel Community at Portico

Do you feel as though each conversation you have during happy hour is a competition? Do you have so many different people rotating in and out of your life that you long for deeper connection? Do you become nostalgic when thinking of a time when you experienced real community and live in the present moment with a sense of resigned bitterness? Are you imagining your future as one filled with deep and thriving relationships and see the present moment as an unfortunate means to an end? The Gospel brings us hope in the midst of this sometimes despair-filled cultural landscape, offering true community in this city.

Church Life

Portico Unplugged: A Family Worship Service

In God’s Word, God’s people are called His sons and daughters (John 1:12). The church is also described as the body (1 Corinthians 12:12-30, Romans 12:4-5) and the household of God (Ephesians 2:19). The church is a family. God saved us into relationship with one another—He made the church this way, He wants it this way, He uses it this way, and He loves it this way. This is the identity of the church – we are a family and we work best when we gather as one.