Have you ever looked at the photo of a beautiful destination in a travel magazine and thought, “Oh, we’ve just got to go there!”? Or maybe you saw a picture of a delicious-looking cake online and thought, “I’ve just got to try that!” That inner sense—that urge, that energy—not only feels good. It also is […]Read more "Step by Step"
Have you ever been around truly exuberant people? They just seem to overflow with enthusiasm. They’re continually coming up with new ideas and plans, and they are super excited about trying to get you to come along on their adventure. Chances are that they love-love-love everything—people, food, music, travel, nature—and they always seem ready to […]Read more "Really, Peter, Calm Down!"
Faith is one of those words we use all the time and rarely stop to examine. We know it’s a good thing to have—in the passage from Mark, we can hear the frustration in Jesus’ voice when he refers to the arguing crowd around him a “faithless generation.” He sounds so irritated by their lack […]Read more "What Does It Mean to Have Faith?"
So with the arrival of July, we’re moving into high summer. Things just naturally seem to slow down a little when the full heat and humidity of the season arrive. We may still enjoy outdoor activities, but we’re probably strategic about it, pulling weeds in the cool of the morning or taking a walk after […]Read more "R-e-l-a-x"
In last week’s message I mentioned I was adapting to using only my left hand for the time being and that I’d discovered that when I come up against an obstacle—putting my hair up or peeling a banana, for example—the answer often seems to have something to do with leverage. That idea stayed with me […]Read more "The God Lever"
I’ve never been comfortable with the idea that we should somehow fear God, that we are in danger of losing God’s love—or worse, inviting God’s wrath—if we mess up or make bad choices or struggle to find the good in our lives. King Solomon, the wise son of David, wrote in Proverbs 1:7 that “The […]Read more "The Good Shepherd"
When I was young, I used to love to walk along the sidewalk by my grandmother’s garage when the lilies-of-the-valley were in bloom. She had a huge flower bed full of them—probably 12 or 15 feet long. I loved the deep green of their broad leaves and the sweet little sets of bell blossoms on […]Read more "The Tender Truth"
Have you ever struggled with something that you just couldn’t find an answer to? Maybe it was a big decision that would affect people you love. Perhaps it was conflict with another person, and you just couldn’t see eye to eye. Or it might have been a big leap of faith—something was stirring inside, leading […]Read more "God’s Possibilities"
I hope this won’t send anyone into a panic, but Valentine’s Day is only three days away. What will you and your sweetheart do? Go out to dinner? Exchange cards? Eat candy? Back when I was in grade school, Valentine’s Day was a big deal. We’d decorate little paper bags with red and pink hearts […]Read more "Feel the Love"
So did you get enough to eat on Thursday? Are you still full? Thanksgiving has a way of doing that, doesn’t it? There is so much to eat and it’s all good. Special dishes our families love, connected to sweet memories and time-worn traditions. We have to try at least some of everything. Soon we’re […]Read more "Having Enough"