Devotional

Bloggery / Devotional By On December 23, 2015

I Am Empty

Tomorrow begins the Super Bowl of all holidays. Christmas Eve and Christmas Day have merged into a two day event for many of us. We’ll have a family gathering on Christmas Eve and then another or maybe multiple gatherings on Christmas Day. It is a glad occasion, a time for family, a time for sharing in the joy of each other, a…

Devotional By On November 11, 2015

Crouching Tigers

I know my title is a shameless rip off from a movie, but I’m going a different direction with it.  In the movie, the phrase crouching tiger is a phrase describing a person with hidden talents. I’m taking a more realistic view. A crouching tiger is a dangerous, deadly thing, especially if you’re the prey. Hang on to that. When the large crowd…

Bloggery / Devotional By On November 5, 2015

Giving Just Because

There are a few people in my life to whom I will always have a debt of gratitude. They have impacted me in such a way that I will always be ready to do whatever I can for them. Whether it was a mentoring role, or they came along and helped me out at a crucial moment, they made a…

Bloggery / Devotional By On October 7, 2015

Death Is Not The End

Perhaps one of the most familiar stories from the Gospel of John is the story of Jesus raising Lazarus from the dead. If you’re new to the faith, the story can be found in John chapter eleven.  I’ll provide a synopsis of the story here, but I encourage you to go read it in it’s entirety. It spans the entire…

Devotional By On July 20, 2015

Weeding the Wheat

I’ve been thinking a lot lately about Pastor David’s sermon from a few weeks ago. Towards the beginning of the message he preached about letting your yes mean yes and your no mean no. We’re a culture of people who won’t commit to things in case something better comes along. In my past I’ve been guilty of this. I’ve been invited to things and put off…

Devotional / My Thoughts By On July 14, 2015

A House Divided

“A house divided against itself cannot stand.” Abraham Lincoln didn’t come up with that. He borrowed that statement from the Scriptures. Jesus said it first. And because Jesus said it first, it carries a weight with it that far outweighs the historical importance of Abraham Lincoln.  Lincoln was talking about earthly government.  Jesus was talking about his eternal kingdom.  Read…

Bloggery / Devotional / Theology By On July 2, 2015

How to Flourish

Can we have an honest moment together? When SCOTUS ruled on homosexual marriage last week, my mind began engaging in a battle over my emotions. I was emotional. That day I sat in front of two people I am doing marriage counseling with and held back tears.  Even this morning, I had another moment as I thought about my daughters and…