This summer, Cheryl and I are anticipating a huge adventure—a cruise to Alaska. For a couple that grew up near the sandy beaches of South Florida this is a big deal. Want to come, too?
Jesus and Peter 15 When they had finished breakfast, Jesus said to Simon Peter, “Simon son of John, do you love me more than these?” He said to him, “Yes, Lord; you know that I love you.” Jesus said to him, “Feed my lambs.” 16 A second time he said to him, “Simon son of John, do you love me?…
He also said, “The kingdom of God is as if someone would scatter seed on the ground, and would sleep and rise night and day, and the seed would sprout and grow, he does not know how. the earth produces of itself, first the stalk, then the head, then the full grain in the head. But when the g…
I have two Godly, wonderful daughters and seven indescribably amazing grandkids (with fathers that are pretty terrific, too). One family lives nearby and the other resides in the flat lands of south Georgia. At one point last week, the whole gang was at my small house. We had thirteen for di…
(Romans 12:1-21) 1 I appeal to you therefore, brothers and sisters, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship. 2 Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your minds, so that…
When I walked one morning last week the rising sun was sandwiched between two layers of dark clouds. Only a few feet above the horizon, it was blinding even through thick sun glasses. Behind me at the walking track was a normally sleepy mountain range. It frames our valley on one side and be…
Your eyes will have a feast when you meet my granddaughter Hailie. Nine years old, cute, bright, and sweet to the core, she loves clothes. Clothes with colors! And, colors all mixed together in ways that beg for sunglasses. Did I mention sparkles and glitter?
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My grandkids loved their Easter Egg Hunt. Wonderful to watch, my grands kept darting across the lawn ever hopeful, ever excited—and they found every egg. Easter day was a worshipful and fun day.
Easter Sunday following Passover in 30 AD was a day which changed the world. Jesus rose from the grave on that day and nothing has been the same since. God planned for that particular day, a Sunday, to change everything.
The middle is a hard place to be. Just ask the kid sandwiched between their siblings in the back seat of the car. Or, the cancer patient going through treatments in between the diagnosis and longed for announcement, “You are cancer free.”
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things were made through Him, and without Him, nothing was made that was made. In Him was life, and the life was the light of men. And the light shines in the darkness, and t…
Three of our seven grandkids were over last Saturday. Ages 3-9 and all girls, they are—of course—nearly perfect kids. They genuinely enjoy each other. What a joy to watch them play together.
Scripture presents two seemingly competing truths: 1) God Himself will accomplish our total transformation supplying us everything we need, and 2) God commands us to work toward that end ourselves.
We have been traveling through the Beatitudes in Matthew 5. They are an introduction to and summary of the Sermon on the Mount in Matthew 5-7. In context, they concisely summarize the Christian life in a world hostile to the “good news of the kingdom.”
The Parkland, Florida school murders plunge the knife of sorrow deep into our hearts, and we remember what Jesus said, “Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be satisfied” (Matthew 5:6). What should we do?
There is NO kid in the world who loves sparkles more than my granddaughter Hailie. Last week she entered a build-your-own model race car contest through the children’s ministry at her church. She didn’t win, but her Dad said she had fun—and she entered the only car with sparkles. Boys would…
On the second page of the classic tale, The Pilgrim’s Progress, John Bunyan mentions something dear to all of us—sleep. The reference is in the context of a dream and the following disturbing thoughts about the judgment of God and his desire to escape it. The man in the dream is deeply agita…
If the Church is going to be the Church, then we need to live our lives in a way that reflects who we are in our relationship with God. I call this practical living, practical Christianity. Our lives should be reflections of who Jesus is. Reading scripture helps us gain an understanding of h…
There is so much noise in our lives. There are so many things that catch and hold our attention and prevent us from having the sense of being quiet and alone. Too much noise can block our ability to hear that one special voice….God’s voice.
There is something special about the hymns we sing as we gather in worship. Hymns have different themes and theology about our relationship with God. I looked through our hymn book and found three that speak to me about how much love God has for all of us. “God of Grace and God of Glory”, “A…