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, or an inner emptiness that only God can fill.

October is National Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness month. This article is dedicated to those wh...

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 over the depravity of society. Not a single one of us is perfect. 

The Bible plainly speaks this truth: 

For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God”...

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 yourself from the shame of being uncovered by the precious blood of Christ?  

It is easy for us to go about our lives, busy and burdened, and forget the fact...

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 think they are for those other, more spiritual people? 

The apostle Paul warns against that kind of thinking: 

Now concerning spiritual gifts: brothers an...

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 earthly throne, David authentically approached the King of kings in times of stress and suffering.

Let us then approach God’s throne of grace with con...

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 in advance of the spilled coffee, the traffic jam, the internet outage, the lost account, the politics, the betrayal, the sickness, even the death, to ...

September 2, 2019

So often we wake up tired, not just physically but emotionally and spiritually. Our souls can become restless from alerts that pop up on our phones of another mass shooting or natural disaster and more divisive politics, disease and destruction. The weight of the world can weigh on us before we even get out of bed. This can even happen the Monday morning after a Sabbath, when we’ve slept and since forgotten Sunday’s message.


August 26, 2019

Sometimes we have days, or seasons, when nothing seems to go our way. It could be a series of small irritations - like a traffic jam, a missed appointment, misplacing keys, or forgetting a password - or it could be an earth-shattering event that alters the course of a life forever.

Trials - no matter the size - are trails the Lord has planned to strengthen us (Jeremiah 29:11).

With Jesus as our guide, we will...

August 19, 2019

Although the sun still beats down hot in many parts of the Western world, summer break is coming to a close. Families are returning to the rhythm of academic calendars, carpools, football season, band practice and the likes. As our kids go back to school and our schedules rapidly fill with their many activities, we would be wise to heed the sobering words of Jesus:

The one who loves a son or daughter more than Me is not worthy...

August 5, 2019

Maybe you’ve seen some amazing sights this summer, from the peaks of Mt. Rainier to the beaches of Tierra del Fuego to the tide at St. Tropez to granite rocks raised rugged across the Texas hill country. Or maybe the best thing you’ve beheld was a flaming cardinal perched in your own backyard or a baby walking barefoot for the first time in dew-covered grass. 

But where ever you have ventured, I hope you’ve seen the glory of Go...

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