The thief’s purpose is to steal and kill and destroy. My purpose is to give them a rich and satisfying life. – John 10:10 I came so they can have real and eternal life, more and better life than they ever dreamed of. – John 10:10 (The Message) Looking back, my past few posts have been fairly heavy. Important, yes, and always pointing to light, … Continue reading let’s not waste this opportunity to live!
Sunday morning’s baptism had to be one of the sweetest I’ve ever witnessed. Continue reading “pressed down, shaken together, running over…”
Live like you mean it! Because God certainly meant something when we were created! Wednesday my men’s Bible study enjoyed a discussion around the story Jesus told about the guy who buried his talent instead of putting it to work for God (Matthew 25:14-28). We talked about the various gifts God has given us, about the trust God places in us to live the kind … Continue reading more about living like we mean it (because God certainly meant something when we were created)
What if all Christians lived their faith out loud? if people of faith freely embraced the deep joy of knowing God? and if followers of Jesus let the Good News spill out and all over, without being preachy but just letting love have its way? Continue reading do you have a reputation for joy?
This is the day that the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it! – Psalm 118:24 This – above – is the view from my study window this morning. Misty, cold, melted snow, leftover slush, the promise of rain, messy. The vista is shrouded in clammy winter cloud, everything drenched with cold damp. The beauty of the fresh snow and crisp iciness … Continue reading Making Ordinary Time Extraordinary!
Wow! So yesterday’s post on Trump and Clinton prompted an unprecedented volume of response. Readers seem to be genuinely motivated to think seriously about how we can engage the challenge to be more positive in the throes of such an uncivil election (see, Please consider this about Trump/Clinton). So Friday morning, unaware of the coming tidal wave of interest, I hit “post” and immediately turned off my … Continue reading embracing the value of struggle in growth
When he entered the house, the blind men came to him; and Jesus said to them, “Do you believe that I am able to do this?” They said to him, “Yes, Lord.” Then he touched their eyes and said, “According to your faith let it be done to you.” And their eyes were opened. – Matthew 9:28-30 I’ve mentioned before that my Wednesday evening men’s … Continue reading something else kicks into play when you give everything
But you are his chosen people, the King’s priests. You are a holy nation, people who belong to God. He chose you to tell about the wonderful things he has done. He brought you out of the darkness of sin into his wonderful light. In the past you were not a special people, but now you are God’s people. Once you had not received mercy, … Continue reading turning 60, on the edge of my seat with anticipation!
So this is how my brain works: “Ooooo, It’s Saturday morning; it’s not even seven o’clock; it’s as cold as the summit of Mt Washington outside; the dog won’t even get up. I think I’ll drive to the church for some Bible-study with the guys!” I know! Sounds crazy, doesn’t it? But, I’ve got to tell you, add in the good coffee that Dan brews … Continue reading DTR – Define The Relationship