It's Sunday evening and I'm sitting on my sofa still winding down from our fantastic chili cook off. If you missed it, we had about 150 people scarf up 17 kinds of homemade chili. ...Keep Reading
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It‘s true we often suffer some great disappointments, some expectations or plans we might have not always materialized. We may even feel like God’s left us hanging and that an illness or injury has taken him away from us. But remember, He is faithful. And the real upside of this is if we remain faithful we will live eternally with Him someday. ...
Love isn’t just for Valentines Day -- it’s what gets me up everyday. Love isn’t just for that one special someone -- it’s for everyone. The chance to care for and encourage those around me is an honor. Measure all things in your life by the “Rule of Love”. What would God have you do? What does love require? What breaks your heart, and what one thing can you do to help?...
Truth be told, I am not an elite athlete. When I was in kindergarten, I flunked “skip” (not sure how my self-esteem survived that report card, but that is another story). While early on, I was too uncoordinated to skip, I did play baseball, soccer, real football, and basketball when I was growing up. However, I was never endowed with the physical gifts to become what I call an elite athlete. What I do know though, is that God equipped me with the gifts to enjoy those sports and become the best athlete I could ever be....
There are many differences between God, as the Bible describes Him, and the Force of Star Wars but there’s a line from Han Solo in the new movie that sums it up. One of the new characters talks about how he’s going to do something that seems impossible and Han asks him how. The young man says, “I’ll use the Force,” and runs off. Han yells after him, “That’s not how the Force works, kid!” That’s not how a personal, caring God works either....
The plans of man will always fail, but the plan of God has already won its battle. If Christians are to actually make an impact in the world then they must collectively turn to the truths found in scripture alone. They must become engulfed in the transformative power of God through His word provided in the bible......
Fall is a time of change. Soon we will change the time on our clocks and gain an extra hour. The weather will change and we will experience more rain, cooler breezes, and in some parts of our mission region â€" snow. Change definitely happens. Why do we often fight change?...Keep Reading
Much of the theology we attribute to Paul and the other New Testament writers didnâ€™t actually exist when they wrote their letters. Weâ€™ve read more into them than the original readers ever could have. I expect itâ€™s the Holy Spirit growing the understanding of Jesus. But, before they were scripture â€" dissected by doctorates, revered by reverends, an...Keep Reading
Godâ€™s grace is powerful! But so is dynamite. Both can be used for good or for devastating destruction. Iâ€™m a dedicated fan of grace, but today I explore its seldom-mentioned dangerous side....Keep Reading
Some days, I am just the court jester, a foolâ€¦ a buffoon, offering a little different look at things we all know and understand. So it is today. So, if my ramblings donâ€™t work for you, just consider the source. A fool....Keep Reading
I know Iâ€™ve lost many readers already by my title. They quickly skipped to something else, likely muttering, â€œHeretic!â€ under their breath. I donâ€™t blame them. Not everyone can bear to closely examine the bumper sticker that proclaims, â€œThe Bible says it, I believe it, and that settles it.â€...Keep Reading
Jesus told his audience at the Sermon on the Mount that they were salt and light in a world of bland darkness....Keep Reading
Amos, Noah, and other First-Testament prophets warned of doom to come if the people didnâ€™t turn back towards God. Their message produced dire prose, colorful metaphors, and qualified as fair warning, but it was completely ineffective and futile. Except for Jonah and maybe one or two other rare cases, the message wasnâ€™t compelling. It was easily dismissed and ...Keep Reading
Confession time: I love God but struggle to trust him, especially when life goes sideways. Recently, I reached for Brennan Manningâ€™s book Ruthless Trust for insight and guidance. Here is a summary of Ruthless Trust as distilled ruthlessly from Brennanâ€™s own words in the book....Keep Reading
You may not appreciate this article. Iâ€™m fine with that. You have every right to hold me accountable for my written words. If I write well and you get benefit, good. If I write poorly â€" I fail to make my points clearly or my points are stupid â€" or you believe Iâ€™m just wrong, my written words bear witness against me. Accountability is an occupational...Keep Reading
What is worship? I donâ€™t mean the five acts of worship â€" pray, sing, give, study the word, and eat the communion meal. Anyone can go through those motions in complete boredom. I want to dig deeper to the heart of worship....Keep Reading
If youâ€™re happy with your church, good. But, if you thrive on anxiety and turmoil, here is the quickest way I know to get your drama fix at church. If youâ€™re new to church and want to avoid the â€œland minesâ€ of church life, sidestep these....Keep Reading
Peter's sermons and writings are drenched with the gospel. The problem is in our culture many people have lost the meaning of "the gospel" It has begun to mean anything and everything. However, for the early church and the writers of the New Testament it had a very specific meaning. Let's explore it together! ...Keep Reading
Recently I was having conversation with a friend who was going to be participating in his first triathlon. It was one day before the big race. When I asked what he had done to prepare, he told me about his last 16 weeks of regimented training. He was intentional about what how he worked out, how he rested, what he ate, and when he slept. Every precaution that could be take...Keep Reading
The Fox News headline says that two 2nd grade girls were found murdered in Zion, Illinois today. These best friends went out to ride their bikes together and never came back. Some despicable, evil bastard stabbed them multiple times and left them for dead. ...Keep Reading