Month: October 2020
Puzzling Silence

Puzzling Silence

Puzzling Silence It is the glory of God to conceal things, but the glory of kings is to search things out. Proverbs 25:2 here’s no greater feeling in the world than finding the last piece of a puzzle and locking it into place. At least that’s how I...

Good Gifts and Good Works

Good Gifts and Good Works

Part I - Good Gifts Like many American children, I was raised with a strong faith in Santa Claus. And this faith taught me a lesson: good behavior is rewarded with the gifts of my dreams (thanks for the Nintendo, Santa!) and poor behavior is punished by withholding...

Kids Experience October 25

Focus on what's GOOD.Everything changes when we put our focus on what’s GOOD in our lives. It makes everything better when we think about what God is doing—even when things are difficult and when we don’t understand. Let’s do this: Let’s focus on what’s...

When You Find and Follow Jesus

Becoming a Christian and living as one are two different things. God refers to one as justification and the other as sanctification. We might also understand these two distinctions as finding Jesus and following Jesus. Blur this distinction between salvation and...

The Wait

2020 has been the year of waiting. Many of us have had to pause our lives and rearrange our days to suit this strange time. We wait for normal to return and lives to resume. As months flip by, we wonder how much longer? At times, I’ve found myself wondering where God is in this wait? Quickly, I am reassured that God is exactly where He’s always been. God is in the wait WITH us.

The Feast of Salvation

Imagine you’re at a wedding reception. There is music, laughter, dancing, and a lot of food. You might have a cocktail hour with an appetizer course, the main course, and a dessert course. Each of these courses is part of the overall meal during the celebration. The...

Your Life with God

Salvation is often viewed as a singular “event” or moment in our lives. By God’s grace, we receive salvation by believing in the death and resurrection of Jesus to save us. There is a sense in which this is absolutely true, from the moment of belief we are saved...

Kids Experience October 18

Be a person of integrity.We can always look at Jesus and find the very BEST example of integrity. Jesus proved that we can ALWAYS trust Him. Jesus did what He said He would do, and He showed us what it means to be trustworthy and truthful. When we choose to live that...

Reframing the Bad

Have you ever thanked God for the bad things that have happened to you? I can picture your face, because I’m probably making the same one. Bad things are bad! They cause hurt, doubt, fear, confusion, and every sort of pain. If you’re like me, you spend your life trying to avoid bad things. You work hard, you read self-help books, you lock the doors, you study for tests, you go to the doctor, you try to pay the bills on time…the list is endless. But then one day, inevitably, something bad happens.