January 22, 2020

How long can you go without speaking to someone you live with or someone you care about?

Probably not very long.  We find ways to talk with those we love and want to hear from.

So why do we shove talking with with God into a corner or put it in a closet to take out when...

January 15, 2020

And Jesus increased in wisdom, stature, and in favor with God and man.  Luke 2:52

How do you grow wisdom or stature?  How do you grow in favor with God and man?

I can't just put up a growth marker inside my closet and take monthly measurements to show increase in wisdom,...

January 8, 2020

I stood in the group of fourth to sixth graders, awkward in my pre-adolescence.  It was Wednesday night and I was a part of an organized scout-type, faith-based children’s program at my church.  We learned Bible verses, life skills, and participated in community and ch...

December 31, 2019

Underneath the story of Christmas that we celebrate every year is another story. It is a story of waiting as long and as misunderstood as the 400 years of silence between Malachi and Matthew.  This story completes what Christmas began.  This story is victory over every...

December 24, 2019

May Christmas remind you how far God came just for you.

While the story is simple,

the message is profound and life-changing.

 God broke through the boundary between heaven and earth

 To come to us as we have asked over and over

In a way we could touch and see and understa...

December 18, 2019

If Advent teaches us anything, it is that waiting is the introduction to God’s best gifts. 

The stories of waiting in the Bible reveal great stories of perseverance as well as heart-breaking stories of people who would not wait, who pushed their own agendas and pai...

December 11, 2019

Startle me out of my complacency, God, this and every day.

Dec 4 reading from The Daily Feast.

Are we so used to the story of Christmas that we are no longer startled? 

Think about young Mary, startled by an angel announcement that changed her life and the lives of everyo...

December 4, 2019

I love a decorated house.  Getting it there, is another story.  No matter how I store, organize or try to schedule; decorating the house for Christmas is messy, chaotic and usually frustrating.

I’ve come to understand that maybe it’s because I start...

November 26, 2019

We need more gratitude in this world. It is an oil for relationship that heals and calms. It is a telescope that sees the world in bright color and hopeful possibilities. 

So . . .

Let’s start living our lives with the password, Thank you,

            and see what do...

November 20, 2019

Remember when you got in trouble as a child?  Your parent said something like, “Do you remember what I told you?  Why didn’t you do it?”

Our childish minds went into overdrive to answer the question with anything that we thought would get us out of trouble.   But i...

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