This summer, I have been preaching through the life of Joseph at my church. We recently read the text where Joseph is summoned by Pharaoh. For two years, Joseph has been in prison on false charges. Before that, Joseph was sold into slavery by his own family. Had I been through even part of w…

I’ve admitted before that when it comes to my grandkids, our house is pretty much the “Land of Yes.” Within reason, that is. I mean, it’s pretty easy for them to coax me into one more cookie or a few extra minutes playing video games, but I’m not about to let 4-year-old Sadie drive my car, n…

Has anyone ever wronged you? Has anyone ever hurt you deeply or superficially; intentionally or unintentionally? Do you still carry around the scar? Now let me ask another set of questions.

Does the fact that you are a Christian make any difference? Does it change the way you interact with the world? Does it affect how you perceive your neighbor? Right now, there is a lot of conversation around the protests across our country. Some want to join in. Some want them to go away. Th…

I recently watched a 12-episode docudrama whose main characters were all involved in the construction of the Titanic in Belfast, Ireland, in the early 1900s. It was good, but there was a certain pall cast over the whole thing because no matter how much I wanted a different ending, I knew the…

“You, my brothers and sisters, were called to be free. But do not use your freedom to indulge in the flesh, rather serve one another humbly in love. For the entire law is fulfilled in keeping this one command: Love your neighbor as yourself. If you bite and devour each other, watch out or yo…

In the old days, thrill-seekers had to go skydiving, bungee jumping, or to Walmart on a Saturday for their adrenaline fix. No more. Now all we have to do is turn on the news if we want to test the upper limits of our nervous system.

Today, I feel inadequate to offer the guidance, encouragement, strength, or reason that will help us navigate the chaos we are living through every day. I have been watching and listening for someone to speak with Godly discernment amid the chaos. I mourn for the time an ambassador for God, …

Here’s my confession for today: I’ve been praying for as long as I can remember, but sometimes I still don’t know how to do it. Pandemic, sickness, risk, fear, prejudice, injustice, unrest. When our minds and hearts are overwhelmed, how do we gather words into prayers?

Shortly after the murder of George Floyd and in the thick of the ensuing chaos, I awoke one morning with part of a Bible verse playing on a loop in my mind: “God is light and in Him is no darkness at all” (1 John 1:5).

I asked a lady with wild purple hair and gobs of bright red eye makeup to help me choose new glasses frames. Based on her appearance, I thought she’d steer me toward bedazzled specs from the Elton John Collection, but she didn’t. In fact, she actually gave me some solid guidance.

As I sit and write this message, I — like everyone else in the world — am caught in a terrible dilemma known as COVID-19. For the most part, this virus has me and others trapped in a world of quarantine and “stay at home” policies that affect every aspect of our daily lives. It seems as if t…

Once Moses had fully constructed and dedicated the temporary dwelling place of God (the Tabernacle) as Israel traversed the wilderness to the promised land, the glory and presence of God indwelled said tabernacle. “Then the cloud covered the tent of meeting, and the glory of the Lord filled …

Before I started factoring “how much energy is this going to take?” into the equation, I used to be pretty compulsive about not wanting to miss any good or fun thing life had to offer. I hated feeling like everyone else was “out there” having fun or doing something important, and I wasn’t.

Thanks to the COVID-19 Virus, our lives have been drastically changed and that certainly includes our gathering together as church families. While there are many opinions about this virus and our government leaders’ response, I can assure you that this virus is real. Seeing the impact of the…

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