Second Hand Spirituality

Second Hand Spirituality

Which do you think is more rewarding? To see a movie for yourself or to experience the cinema from a friend’s viewpoint? Most of us would opt for the first-hand experience. Can we truly know a person without a personal encounter? Without real-time, “getting-to-know” that person, we will make assumptions based on what someone else […]

One Final Yes

One Final Yes

I was beginning to refer to 2017 as “The Year of the No.” I am not kidding, friends. Everything I was hoping and praying for was met with a “no” on every side. Homes we tried to purchase, changes in people’s lives that were dramatically affecting them, health issues, spiritual issues. It just seemed like […]

Resting in Christ Like a Weaned Child

Resting in Christ Like a Weaned Child

I’ve come to believe life is a journey of continual uncertainty. Of change and decision, most of which feels like groping about in the dark. For the past year now, maybe longer, I’ve felt God’s nudge with little more than a vague idea of what and where. I’m not a fan of vague or uncertain. […]

God Was In the Details

God Was In the Details

My friend agreed to host a high-school Chinese student for the school year. She had had a young Chinese girl in her home before and was looking forward to this experience also. She had even made a trip to China to visit this student after she returned home. However, just days before the new student’s […]

Jehovah Wants the Best for You – Health, Wealth, Anointing

Jehovah Wants the Best for You – Health, Wealth, Anointing

“Dear friend, I pray that you may enjoy good health and that all may go well with you, even as your soul is getting along well.” 3rd John: 2 (NIV) Happy Second Sunday… The scripture above tells me that our God wants us to prosper in every area of our lives – physically, mentally, and […]

Help My Unbelief

Help My Unbelief

Reading the Bible does not come easy to me. I have years of baggage to unpack regarding this one book, and for a year, maybe, I just had to take a break. Before you decide that I’m a terrible heathen, let me be clear: I love Jesus. And all that time I was still going […]

Understanding the Perfect Will of God for Us

Understanding the Perfect Will of God for Us

The perfect will of God is the decreed, unchangeable, foreordained will that God has for us. It cannot be changed, neither can it be altered. This is the will of God that we are all called to allow to control our lives. The perfect will of God is not a walk in the park. It’s […]

Beauty After the Storm

Beauty After the Storm

“The rains came down and the floods came up”–it’s a line from a song I used to sing with my kids. A couple of weeks ago in our corner of Wisconsin, the rains came down, over-saturated the ground, broke a dam, and the floods came up. I snapped the sunset picture above on the eve […]

Making the World a Better Place

Making the World a Better Place

RAK – Random Acts of Kindness. We’ve all heard of them. Once in a while they break through the myriad of bad news–the murders, kidnappings, jail breaks, natural disasters, political turmoil, civic unrest–and bring a bit of sunshine into our lives. Like the 19-year-old waiter who received a $1000 tip because he took time to […]

Looking At Tomorrow With Today’s Tired Eyes

Looking At Tomorrow With Today’s Tired Eyes

Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.  Matthew 6:34 NIV I must admit that I’m guilty of worrying about tomorrow…every night as a matter of fact. One night, as I lay in bed, I found myself in the middle of my all […]

Purest Faith

Purest Faith

When circumstances are exactly the opposite of what we hope for, it becomes impossible for us to envision that things could ever change.  It is hard to trust God. There are no more “props” or “crutches” to hold our faith up.  What are props and crutches?  Anything that we lean on besides God.  It could […]

Dry Bones and a Thirsty Soul

Dry Bones and a Thirsty Soul

Dusty, cracked and void of any moisture, the bones lying in the valley Ezekiel peered across had no hope. How could something so dead ever live again? (Ezekiel 37:1-14). Even the buzzards had given up on having another morsel of food from the stick-like remains lying on the parched earth. Can these bones live? Ezekiel […]

Where Do We Draw the Line?

Where Do We Draw the Line?

I recently selected a *book for our book club that several people chose not to read because it contained occasional foul language. None of us endorse crude language, but while some decided swearing in books was unacceptable, others chose not to allow a few unpleasant words to hinder them from exploring the author’s thoughts on […]

Hunger Warning Signs

Hunger Warning Signs

Our body is a well run machine. Like late models, it has a built in warning system, waiting to alert us to possible trouble. If we are tuned into our body, we know when something is not quite right. In fact, hunger works in just the same way. We may become sluggish. Get a headache. […]

One Important Piece

One Important Piece

I love to talk about the transformed mind because I feel it’s such a critical component of our ongoing sanctification. Romans 12:2 tells us to not let our minds be imprinted by the world, but rather to be transformed by the Word of God and the Holy Spirit. And one important piece of developing this […]

You Matter

You Matter

  Do you remember the way it felt when that super-popular girl said you weren’t invited? The way your heart literally hurt when Kurt McClaine said he wanted to stay single for the rest of eighth grade.  That sophomore girl on the bus with the great hair who laughed at the new shoes you loved […]

How We Respond to Fake News

How We Respond to Fake News

Don’t worry, ya’ll, this isn’t a political post. While the term “fake news” has been used a lot in the political world these days I’m actually talking about stories that we Christians share on social media that are fake. Very often these stories are about pop culture or Bible prophesies, or even sometimes, Christian values. […]

Follow Me

Follow Me

Follow me. Two words that hold much longing in the heart of the modern man who desires to have people following him on his various social media channels. I recently read an article about how far people go to have followers on Instagram. One guy went as far as to create a life he really […]