Gratitude is not Limited to the Month of November

Let us come before his presence with thanksgiving. Psalm 95:2

Sunday Scripture I have a bag for everything. Maybe you do as well? If I grab the right bag as I walk out the door, I'm in business. This morning, with "the church bag" in hand, I'm pondering this question: What do you bring with you when you come to God? Psalm 95 suggests thanksgiving… Continue reading Gratitude is not Limited to the Month of November

Invite Vigilant Gratitude to Wake Up Your Prayer Life

Sunday Scripture We're half way through November, and maybe, like me, you're wondering how this has happened. Somehow, even with all the things we're NOT doing because of the pandemic, life has managed to fill itself up with activity and distractions that keep us in full-steam-ahead mode most of the time. One of the first… Continue reading Invite Vigilant Gratitude to Wake Up Your Prayer Life

Gratitude: A Matter of Obedience to the Will of God

Sunday Scripture According to the Apostle Paul, gratitude is more than a pumpkin-spice-feeling. It is a matter of obedience to the will of God. Author and poet Wendell Berry put words into the mouth of a fictional, elderly widow named Hannah Coulter who, in addition to being a crackerjack farmhand when needed and probably making… Continue reading Gratitude: A Matter of Obedience to the Will of God

Your Invitation to a Purposeful Thanksgiving Life

Come with me, this November, into a purposeful and intentional embrace of thanksgiving.

Sunday Scripture "How odd," I thought as the word jumped off the page and into my startled brain. I'd never noticed it before, but there was the word thanksgiving, dangling off the end of the sentence like an afterthought: Therefore, as you received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in him, rooted and built up in him… Continue reading Your Invitation to a Purposeful Thanksgiving Life

What Do You Mean When You Say You Believe?

This is the heart of Jesus's message: "Trust what I have done for you. Act as if it were true, because it is!"

Sunday Scripture Ready or not, soon we will be immersed in Christmas scenes and memes, countdowns and shopping guides, and among them will be the exhortation to believe in the magic of Christmas. Every year, snowy backdrops and Santa hats inspire us with the single word: Believe... John's Gospel sets the word believe on center… Continue reading What Do You Mean When You Say You Believe?

See, Love, Follow: What Keeps You from Seeing Clearly?

"First take the log out of your own eye..." Matthew 7:5

Sunday Scripture The 1971 Broadway musical Godspell was controversial among Christians in small town New England, but a brave choral conductor dared to have her high school ensemble sing selections from it at a concert I attended as an elementary school student. Remember cassette recorders? My parents recorded everything with ours, and I nearly wore… Continue reading See, Love, Follow: What Keeps You from Seeing Clearly?

Why You Can Trust the Promises of God

"Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand."

Sunday Scripture If eyes could wear out a page, there would be a hole in my old maroon Bible where Isaiah 41:10 lives: "Fear not, for I am with you;    be not dismayed, for I am your God;I will strengthen you, I will help you,    I will uphold you with my righteous right hand." Anxiety was my default… Continue reading Why You Can Trust the Promises of God

You Are NOT at the Mercy of Your Feelings!

“Things happen which would not happen without prayer. Let us not forget that.” ~Elisabeth Elliot

Sunday Scripture Autumn has landed in the Northern Hemisphere, and with this seasonal change comes early darkness, chilly mornings, and the subtle warning that winter is on its way. Of course there's the compensatory aroma of apple pie and the eye-popping beauty of bright foliage, and the truth is, I have a choice to make… Continue reading You Are NOT at the Mercy of Your Feelings!

Sure Fire Signs to Help You Spot the Real Deal

Are YOU the real deal? Do you give evidence of a lively faith in your worship, your rejoicing, and your God-based confidence?

(And Be the Real Deal) Sunday Scripture Because we have been friends since we were teens, and because we were teens during the Cold War, my friend Judy and I have a long standing tradition of greeting one another with, "Hail, Comrade," and making frequent references to Soviet-era spy terminology that are funny only to… Continue reading Sure Fire Signs to Help You Spot the Real Deal

Listening In to One Side of a Father/Son Conversation

I love it when our kids call home. Often, it becomes a three-way (or even four-way) conversation, but sometimes our sons call and ask specifically to speak with their dad. When that happens, I know there's likely a decision in the pipeline, or they're working through a wrinkle in a relationship and want to vent… Continue reading Listening In to One Side of a Father/Son Conversation