January 14, 2020

Seeing clearly with our spiritual eyes means we see both God’s glory and the danger of straying from it. It means being aware of our blind spots, strongholds and weaknesses that can sneak up and bite us. 

God created a utopia for Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden. Food...

January 6, 2020

I recently revisited a childhood memory through the eyes of my oldest daughter. One day after school, my growing-like-a-weed girl plopped herself and a 40-pound backpack into the front seat and informed me in an exasperated tween tone that she really needed an eye appo...

December 23, 2019

Updated post from Nov. 2018

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The holidays are upon us and for many, that means gathering with family near and far. This can create a range of emotions and expectations that often leads to stress, irritation and even disappointment. In a time when...

December 22, 2019

What do you do when you just can’t take any more bad news? When death comes in threes and screens squawk chaos and the whole world seems to be collapsing? When the most wonderful time of the year collides with the most awful time for some? 

Grab hold of the Good News. 


October 14, 2019

While not everyone experiences pregnancy or the loss of a child, each one of us has miscarried a dream. Each one of us can point to a specific place in our lives where things are not as we had expected, be it an empty chair at the dinner table this year, an empty womb,...

October 8, 2019

If you’ve ever felt like a failure, know that you are not alone. Regardless of beliefs, everyone can agree that humanity is riddled with mistakes. Open a history book and you’ll read tales of both heroics and horrors. Turn on the news and you’ll find it easy to despair...

September 30, 2019

What will you be doing on the day Jesus returns? Will you recognize the sound of His triumphal entry before you see His splendor? Will you welcome His arrival like one waving palm branches and staccato shouting, Ho-san-na! Ho-san-na! Or will you hide in fear to cover y...

September 26, 2019

If you are a believer in Christ and have the Holy Spirit living inside of you, then you have at least one spiritual gift and likely several more. Do you think these mysterious skills are something to be earned once you become a more serious, mature Christian? Do you th...

September 16, 2019

Psalm 40 is Biblical balm to a soul besieged by anxiety.

David, the shepherd boy turned king, the warrior and worrier, the great sinner and even greater repentant, frequently laid out his heart to the Lord in the Psalms. 

Through lyrical laments sung from his...

September 9, 2019

What if we exchanged being overwhelmed by life for being overjoyed in Jesus? 

What if you decided right now - regardless of what you will face today, tomorrow or the coming year - to face it all with hell-shattering, darkness-defying joy?

Could you make the commitment i...

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