February 20, 2020

We've barely wrapped up Valentine's and already the stores are stocking their shelves with Easter goodies. But this holiday is so much more than bunnies and baskets. How then should we prepare our hearts to celebrate the resurrection of Jesus and our hope of new life in Him?

Lent, the 40-day religious observance that precedes Easter, begins next Wednesday. If you grew up in a Baptist church like I did or no church at all, you p...

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 grew bountifully on trees. The breeze always blew in the right direction. The temperature was never too hot or too cold. Sin and sickness were not known. God ga...

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 appointment. Apparently, it had been vision testing day and Riley had failed the test. For this first-born perfectionist, it was a visual emergency similar to one I'...

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 we are focused on celebrating, we can find ourselves lamenting over relationships gone wrong, time passed too quickly and memories left unmade. 

How do...

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. 

Pull it close to your beating chest. 

Inhale its promise of resurrection, not just for the next life but for right now. 

Like the drummer boy’s pa rum pum pum beat,...

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...

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