21 Days of Giving Thanks – Day 4

In an effort to emphasize the season of Thanksgiving, I encourage you to celebrate it all through the month of November. Earlier I explained my 21 Days of Giving Thanks challenge, which you can read about here. Today let's give thanks for the unity God can bring to a local church. Day 4 - Give... Continue Reading →

The Myth of Unaccountability

As a kid, I looked forward to growing up and becoming an adult simply so I could not longer receive discipline. I hated the accountability, the owning up of my own sin and confessing my own brokenness. But we never outgrow God's accountability. You and I are living in a fantasy world if we think... Continue Reading →

God Never Breaks a Promise

“It won’t happen again, I promise.” How many times have you heard that line? How many times have you said it yourself? We may have the best of intentions, but conflicts come up, we overbook ourselves, or we get distracted and forget. When people break their promises to you, it hurts. And it might sound... Continue Reading →

God of Forgiveness

When was the last time you put your foot in your mouth? I remember one time in particular when I hurt a close friend by some careless words. I did not realize it at the time, but later it dawned on me that what I said could have been offensive. I criticized his work and... Continue Reading →

Can You Count the Stars?

Recently I was reading a Bible story book with my three-year old daughter, Evelyn. God tells Abraham that his descendants would be as many as the stars in the sky. So, naturally, Evelyn started counting. She found 17 stars. How many stars can you count in the sky? None of us can count the stars.... Continue Reading →

Never Overwhelmed

I always enjoy listening to people order food at a restaurant. The waiter asks if they want ice or no ice. Someone wants to know if the sauce is spicy or tangy. Put the ranch dressing in a cup on the side, not on top of the salad. Is the bread gluten-free? I married into... Continue Reading →

I Would Rather…

It’s easy to grow discontent with life. We might covet another person’s home. We may admire their talents or personality. We may wish we had just a fifth of their intellectual capacity. Perhaps they are more popular, or powerful, or physically fit, or whatever. “Thou shalt not covet” is part of the big 10 because... Continue Reading →

Providence: Seeing God on the Mountaintop

Several years ago, I joined with a group of men to hike the Continental Divide Trail. We drove north from Denver just past the state border into Wyoming and backpacked with our tents, water, food, and equipment for three days. We ascended over 11,000 feet on Lost Ranger Peak in the Mt. Zion Wilderness, and... Continue Reading →

More than a Cosmic Accident

Are you a cosmic accident? Is your purpose nothing more than to exist for a few passing moments on this earth, only to fade away with the mass of humanity? If so, why in the world does this life even matter? If God is not in the picture, these questions leave us hopeless. The Christian... Continue Reading →

Just Who Do We Think We Are?

I distinctly remember sitting in a church service, listening to a seasoned southern preacher lament the turn of our society away from God. At the high point of his sermon, he cried out, “Just who do we think we are?” I can still hear those words echoing through that auditorium as we all sat in... Continue Reading →

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