Want Versus Need

It’s that time of year again. Making it through Black Friday unscathed seems to be the first hurdle. In fact, if we make it through Black Friday, all indications point to the possibility that we might get to the end of the holiday safe and sound. However, looking at the faces of staff and shoppers [...]

Advent: Joy Candle

Threads Have you ever had a loose thread protruding from a sweater, shirt, sock or pants? You know what’ll happen if you pull on it. You refrain from the urge to pull for as long as possible. However, the temptation ultimately  becomes too great.  The act of pulling the thread results in a hole or [...]

Advent: Love Candle

Second Advent Candle: Radical Love When faced with animosity what is our natural response? As kids it was natural to go into flight or fight mode. Even adults have a similar response to those that are antagonistic towards them. It seems natural to return hatred with hatred or try to hide from confrontation. Jesus taught [...]

Advent: Ordinary Life

As most of us chase our dreams it becomes so easy to lose sight of what is important. It seems we forget how much we’ve been given by God. None of us would do well without family and friends. Our minds and bodies would suffer without food. Our jobs, though often a source of griping [...]

Advent: Hope Candle

On the first Sunday of Advent the purple candle is lit. Traditionally this candle is called the “Prophecy Candle” and is lit in remembrance of the prophets who foretold the birth of the “Christ child”. It is also the candle that represents hope. Hope is a four letter word. It is a word that can either [...]

Round Peg Square Hole

Mixed messages abound in our world. It is okay to be different but don’t be different from the rest of us. It is encouraged to be creative but not in a way that is out of the norm. It is okay to have your own moral standard as long it does not conflict with that [...]

New Score Card

The World has its’ own scorecard. - accumulate toys - buy the biggest house - get the best job - climb the ladder of success - fake it until you make it The New Testament Scorecard is different. - make disciples - love God/love others - work as if you are working for God - [...]

Defining Words: Integrity

If you don’t stand for something you will fall for anything. Gordon A. Eadie Integrity is doing the right thing, even when no one is watching. C.S. Lewis Integrity is not something you show others. It is how you behave behind their back. Anonymous Integrity is choosing courage over comfort; choosing what is right over […]

Five Simple Church Blogs

There are many blogs and websites on the Internet that provide important information or perspective on the world around us. The blogs that I am including below are ones’ I have found useful in my journey to discover what it means to be a member of Jesus’ family. These are not the only blogs in […]

Bringing Down the Walls

Throughout the New Testament Jesus used questions to teach. Questions helped His disciples discover truth for themselves. Questions help each follower of Jesus to go through a process of self discovery. What would happen if the Church’s singular focus was to make disciples? I believe we would see a movement of God like we have […]