1. Gratitude
    18 May, 2018
    Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good, for his steadfast love endures forever.  Psalm 136:1  I've been thinking about gratitude recently, and those thoughts came to a head last night during a men's small group discussion.   During our discussion last night, we talked about how we often take good things for granted.  We discussed how we often act as if we're entitled to things that are really gifts of God's grace and love. I found myself looking in the metaphorical mirror and not liking
  2. Loving God Means Hating Evil
    30 Apr, 2018
    Loving God Means Hating Evil
    O you who love the LORD, hate evil! He preserves the lives of his saints; he delivers them from the hand of the wicked.  Psalm 97:10 "We're all sinners saved by grace." "We all struggle with sin." "We're all broken." These are just a few phrases you might hear among Christians when someone is talking about sin. And I want you to know, my pastoral radar has started to go off sometimes when I hear them. Now, before I go any further in this pondering, allow me to say that none of the
  3. Numbering Our Days and Seeing What's Most Important
    16 Apr, 2018
    Numbering Our Days and Seeing What's Most Important
    So teach us to number our days that we may get a heart of wisdom.  Psalm 90:12  Last night, our life group considered what we would like our lives to look like at the end of our lives.   We tried to answer questions like . . . What would we want to be able to say to our friends and family about what's important? What would we want our friends and family to say about us? I'm still thinking about that conversation right now. As I consider what I would like to say and what would be said of
  4. Hungry, Hungry Souls
    28 Nov, 2017
    Hungry, Hungry Souls
    Let them thank the LORD for his steadfast love, for his wondrous works to the children of man!  For he satisfies the longing soul, and the hungry soul he fills with good things.  Psalm 107:8-9 Have you ever played the game Hungry, Hungry Hippos? The game involves four plastic hippos on each side of a game board.  Each of the hippos are operated by levers on their backs. By pressing and releasing the lever, the hippo will open and close its mouth while its head moves forward and back.  This
  5. 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
  6. Dwelling in Unity
    20 Nov, 2017
    Dwelling in Unity
    Behold, how good and pleasant it is when brothers dwell in unity! Psalm 133:1 Last night I participated in a Thanksgiving service with some of my Christian brothers and sisters from our community.  The churches participating were from three different denominations.  I looked around the room and I saw people who were differing ages, differing shades of skin color, differing political affiliations, differing practices and views.   But despite those differences, we all have, at the very least,