April 10, 2019

Why do we sugar-coat sin?  Are we so insecure that we have exchanged rationalization for confession?

David thought he could hide an ugly affair under a cloak of military courage and sacrifice.  He thought if no one knew better, he could be the hero and rescue Bathsheba...

April 4, 2019

When God wants to do something new, stand back and watch a Master at work. He pairs unlimited resources with perfect timing to form something new that we could not produce by goals or dreams or hard work. If you can think it; it's not new!

The bold announcement God...

April 2, 2019

"When someone asks, "What's new?" we immediately think of something we bought or changed. However, really new is beyond what we can buy or change.

We see old too quickly:  the wrinkles in our face, the house that needs painting, the job that has soured, the future that...

March 29, 2019

When the Israelites crossed the Jordan River to enter the land God promised them, it wasn’t just about  giving them new land.  It was about a new way to live. They walked through a Heaven-dried Jordan riverbed following the Ark of the Covenant to remind them of...

March 26, 2019

Someone cut down my tree.  It was a beautiful crepe myrtle that bloomed in the spring with fistfuls of confetti-white blossoms.  I enjoyed the full branches as they wished me good morning while I ate breakfast. They sheltered my favorite cardinals close enough for me t...

March 22, 2019

How do you know when you’re thirsty? 

I’m not a big water-drinker.  I often quip about how dehydrated my generation must have been before water was bottled and priced by brand.  Now, water, by itself, isn’t enough.  We add flavors and vitamins to make water healthier!...

March 19, 2019

Are you a friend of the cross?  It depends how you respond to surrender.

Crosses make more enemies than friends.  It is human nature to avoid pain and suffering.  While we often sacrifice comfort or convenience for a good reason, we don’t do it easily and we want it to...

March 15, 2019

Abram sat under the stars, away from conversations with his tribal compatriots, away from management responsibilities of how to move so many people so far: and God confirmed again that Abram was on a protected journey with a great reward waiting. 

How do you believe God...

March 9, 2019

We need sabbath. We need to rest from the pushy voices that make us feel less than enough. We need sanctuary where we cannot be hunted down. We need a safe house, if you will. We get all of this and more in sabbath.

March 6, 2019

Today we wear the ashes of our impotence and mortality.   It is a day to remember who we are and who we are not.  Today we bring our unedited selves to God so that we start this journey to the cross in the most honest way possible.

I remember the first time I...

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