1. The Blessing of Being Disciplined
    27 Nov, 2017
    The Blessing of Being Disciplined
    Blessed is the man whom you discipline, O LORD, and whom you teach out of your law, to give him rest from days of trouble, until a pit is dug for the wicked.  Psalm 94:12-13 There were lots of times when I was growing up when I was disciplined by someone.   LOTS of times. My mom and dad disciplined me.   My grandmother and my great grandmother disciplined me.  Various teachers disciplined me.  In fact, I can't remember a school year in my elementary days when I wasn't disciplined for
  2. Showing Hospitality
    29 Sep, 2017
    Showing Hospitality
    Show hospitality to one another without grumbling. 1 Peter 4:9 Taylor Clark, in his book, Starbucked: A Double Tall Tale of Caffeine, Commerce, and Culture, gives us a picture of what makes Starbucks a special place.  You see, Starbucks has a vision to provide a community that offers something more than just coffee.  They seek to provide an atmosphere that is inviting and accepting.  A place where people feel like they belong.  A community of sharing and caring. What's interesting to me is
  3. Evil for Evil?
    12 Sep, 2017
    Evil for Evil?
    See that no one repays anyone evil for evil, but always seek to do good to one another and to everyone. 1 Thessalonians 5:15 When one of my children hurts another one of my children, whether it be by actions or by words, I expect the reaction from the hurt child to be an attempt to hurt the first offender.  It seems to be part of the natural way of life.  You hurt me, I hurt you back.   If I actually see one of my children respond with goodness and kindness when she or he is hurt, I'm startled
  4. What Greets Me Today
    24 Aug, 2017
    What Greets Me Today
    But this I call to mind, and therefore I have hope: The steadfast love of the LORD never ceases; his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.  Lamentations 3:21-23 This morning greeted me with the normal challenges of family life . . . getting out of bed (sometimes that's challenge enough!), helping the kids get ready for school, doing morning chores, etc. I was also greeted this morning with some challenges that aren't necessarily normal for my
  5. Love. Comfort. Hope.
    08 Aug, 2017
    Love. Comfort. Hope.
    Now may our Lord Jesus Christ himself, and God our Father, who loved us and gave us eternal comfort and good hope through grace, comfort your hearts and establish them in every good work and word.  2 Thessalonians 2:16-17 Love.  Comfort.   Hope. These are things everyone wants. We want to be loved. We want to be comforted especially when we are going through something difficult. We want hope to be alive in our hearts so that we can face the future with confidence and anticipation. But
  6. Do You Have Beautiful Feet?
    07 Aug, 2017
    Do You Have Beautiful Feet?
    How beautiful upon the mountains are the feet of him who brings good news, who publishes peace, who brings good news of happiness, who publishes salvation, who says to Zion, "Your God reigns." Isaiah 52:7 If I'm honest, I don't usually think of feet as beautiful.  Sure, some people's feet look better than others, but in the final analysis, for me at least, feet serve more of a functional role for people and are, generally speaking, not all that beautiful.   That's the way I tend to think.