The sun can be pretty bright. But all it takes is one hand raised between you and the sun to blot out its brilliance. By covering our eyes we can block the sun's light. With one outstretched hand, we can also block the light of God's Son. God's light continues to shine but we don't always … Continue reading Blot Out The Sun
I have noticed though that, whether it's a lake or a river, there is no such thing as sitting still. If you aren't paddling you will eventually drift somewhere. Why would people drift away from Jesus? Whatever the reason, it's happening. Many young people who grew up in the church and have once professed their faith in Jesus have since given up on Church. The irony is though that...
I've been discouraged lately by the feeling of failure. There have been circumstances bombarding me with reminders of my limitations and apparent inability. Success eludes me and with it goes my joy. Have you felt like a failure lately as well? There's this reality deep within our bones that we are limited. We all have … Continue reading Weak Is Chic
When I was a kid I remember reading those “Choose Your Own Adventure” stories. Each story had periodical pauses where you had to choose what to do next. It would say things like, “If you want to try to swim the river turn to page 23″ or “If you head back into the jungle turn … Continue reading Choose Your Own Adventure
Our sense of smell is amazing! Did you know that we can smell over 4,500 different odors? That's a lot of sniffing! Even memories can be linked to certain smells like your Grandma's perfume, your Grandpa's pipe, your mom's baking, or when your friends hair caught on fire. Smells can trigger feelings and emotions. If … Continue reading What’s That Smell?
Competitors never stop running. I know a few competitive long distance runners. Everything about their life feeds into that purpose. They eat, sleep, train, and live to be the best they can. It's a commitment to excel. Do you have a commitment to excel in your life as a Christian? Running with Jesus takes commitment and sacrifice. You can't just run one lap a week on Sundays. Jesus is calling you to run each day at your school, your team, your work, even at your home.
In Christian culture we are good at telling our kids to stay away from immorality, substance abuse, violence, cheating, and other “terrible” sins. We warn against their destructive outcomes and explain that they are against God’s ways. But there is one danger I don’t think parents or even pastors take seriously enough and that’s busyness. … Continue reading The Slow Club
I love soccer! And there's nothing better than going to a live sporting event. Maybe your favorite sport is Football or Basketball and you've been to a game and you've experienced how exciting it is to cheer on your favorite player and get all decked out in fan gear. We may feel part of the … Continue reading Follower or Fan?
Before I got engaged I told my future wife, Kimberly, that I had a few conditions. We would never have a cat, I would never sleep on the couch, and I wouldn’t do dishes. Nearly 10 years of marriage later and I’ve been reformed in two of those areas! We all have things we don’t … Continue reading Shirk Week!
I need a nap. We live in a very fast paced, busy, "git-er-done" culture. We add lots of things into our weekly activities. We say phrases like, “rest is for the weak” or “I’ll sleep when I’m dead” or “Ain’t nobody got time to rest!” to boost the moral of hyper activity. Somewhere we think … Continue reading Naps Are Good For The Soul