Year: 2020
A Spirit of Thankfulness

A Spirit of Thankfulness

A Spirit of Thankfulness Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you. 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 fter some unexpected circumstances, I recently had a very long, solo road...

The Final Victory

The Final Victory

Jesus is distinct from any other political leader. He is God in the flesh. He is a coming King. He will bring earthly powers into account. He will win the final victory. It’s not unusual these days to hear people ask, “Is this the end times.” Maybe. God tells us what...

Kids Experience November 8

Show Gratitude to God.Today we will hear a story about David and his wife, Michal, who cared more about the way things LOOKED.   We will hear about a time that David was dancing and thanking God.  Michal thought it made David look silly to dance and thank God in front...

The Kingdom of God Now

The kingdoms and empires of this world are small compared to God’s kingdom. God’s kingdom is active now. It sometimes operates in obscurity and ordinariness. It is unseen but real nonetheless. And God invites us to participate in this kingdom—to make seeking His...

Rowboat or Sailboat?

Do you feel in need of REST? Turn to Jesus. I once hear that we can either live as a rowboat or a sailboat. In the rowboat we can be feverishly striving, rowing with all of our might, exhausted in our own attempts and efforts to please God. In the sailboat however, we catch the wind of God’s Holy Spirit and surrender to where He is at work and God takes us where He wills in useful service.

Living with a Full House

Last year, I started a new position that required that I work from home. A difficult adjustment on its own, this was also during the public school’s holiday break, and all three of my small children were also home. I created an office space in our spare bedroom in the basement, and within weeks, a usual occurrence began happening.

Kids Experience November 1

Choose to be grateful.This month we are learning about Gratitude.  What if the next time we start feeling frustrated or angry, we stop and choose to be grateful instead? After all—even when everything seems to go wrong, we ALWAYS have something to be grateful for. We...

Vote for Jesus

It seems clear that Jesus wants to shape culture. To ultimately transform the conscience and morality of a people. His disciples anticipated that Jesus was about to establish a political machine capable of toppling the Roman Empire. But that’s not what Jesus did. The...

Puzzling Silence

Like that puzzle, I am often presented with circumstances in life that are frustrating, challenging and disappointing. The pieces of my life don’t seem to fit together and I’m left with only questions. As if that were not enough, it can seem as if God is not inclined to answer my questions and willfully remains silent. “God, why don’t You answer me? Don’t You care about me?” Nothing.

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...