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've noticed that most teens don't even use text messaging or phone calls anymore. They use Snapchat or some other form of social media networking. It got me thinking about the first Christmas and what it would have been like if these social media outlets were available then. Mary and Joseph, after all, were just … Continue reading 3 Snaps From The Nativity
The hour was late. The dew was starting to settle on the ground around Him. Alone, Jesus laid on the ground in silence. What was there left to say? He’d known since the beginning of time that this day would come. It was His Father’s plan. It was the only way to fix what man … Continue reading That’s My King
God is after so much more than just cleansing your behavior. He wants to transform your heart. And the reality of scripture is that just asking for forgiveness after every time you sin isn’t transforming you. Like my little girl who goes right back to running around outside after she gets her bandaid you and I often just go right back to those situations, attitudes, or decisions that get us into sin.
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?
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
My son is going to the dentist today and I'm nervous for him. I remember spending two and a half hours in the dentist chair last year getting a root canal! My tooth decided that it was no longer needed and the cells started self-decaying from the inside out. This kind of internal rot was about … Continue reading Root Canals & Rotten Hearts
Christmas has always been my favorite holiday. But, as I ponder the significance of Easter this year, my heart is shifting. Did you know that the early church didn’t even celebrate the birth of Jesus. Easter was their most cherished holiday. At Christmas we celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ the Son of God and what … Continue reading The Never Ending Story
We all have at least one - something embarrassing we don't want to be public knowledge. As hard as it is to narrow down my list to just one I'll give it a try. When I was a teenager there was one thing I didn't want to talk about. I didn't want others to label … Continue reading Going Public
Who doesn’t love that new car smell? Or the smell of a new book. Or the feel of a new iPhone. We each have that category where we can’t wait to have the new one. We often transfer that same insatiable desire for newness onto our relationship with God. We want something new from Him … Continue reading The Past Smells Good