“If God is for us…” in life and in death

What, then, shall we say in response to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us? – Romans 8:31 One of the wonderful things about being part of a dynamic faith community like our church is the amazing diversity we experience. People, ideas, background, politics, experiences, ages – we’re all over the place, yet united in the context of Christ’s love. … Continue reading “If God is for us…” in life and in death

living victory in a messed up world

But when I am afraid,     I will put my trust in you.   I praise God for what he has promised.     I trust in God, so why should I be afraid?     What can mere mortals do to me? – Psalm 56:3-4 “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I … Continue reading living victory in a messed up world

“You can’t improvise unless you have something to improvise from”

Who will separate us from Christ’s love? Will we be separated by trouble, or distress, or harassment, or famine, or nakedness, or danger, or sword? But in all these things we win a sweeping victory through the one who loved us. – Romans 8:35,37 CEB I’ve shared before how vitally important it is for me to launch each new day out of the context of my … Continue reading “You can’t improvise unless you have something to improvise from”

“Jesus came for all the ornaments…”

Elements of this story have been kicking around for years; not only is it one of my favorites, but it gets updated every Advent. This year’s twist may be one of the best. The story started somewhere around 2005, when my friend Tim brought home an endearingly freakish Christmas tree ornament from a gift exchange (the handcrafted Rudolph was wearing a tutu, and draped with a … Continue reading “Jesus came for all the ornaments…”