NOT

What is it about us that we like doing things ourselves? Where the ‘me’ is bigger than our ‘we’? And I’m not suggesting we don’t think about others, I’m just saying that we like flying solo more than we dare to admit?   Now, to some degree, there’s nothing inherently wrong with this. And I…

RELATIONSHIPS

I was laying in bed the other night pondering the church – what it should look like, and what it is to be about? As my mind was mulling this over, one word kept coming up again and again – RELATIONSHIPS.   So, I got up and wrote down these three following thoughts.   1.…

MERRY CHRISTMAS

“For God so loved the world, that He gave His only Son, so that everyone who believes in Him will not perish, but have eternal life” (John‬ ‭3:16). This is the very heart of the Christmas story. Have you made room for such a love?‬   My friends, God came down to earth, became one…

REFLECTION

Christmas is truly the most wonderful time of the year. However, if we’re not careful, we can easily allow ourselves to be celebrating a season, rather than celebrating the ‘Reason’ for the season.   But I get it. Christmas can bring out the best in all of us; wanting to find that perfect gift, being…

MARY

Several weeks ago, we talked about Mary.   I try to imagine how this young, teenage girl must have felt that eternal evening. What a pronouncement. But maybe more so, what a response. She is to carry and bring forth God’s Son – the One and only true Son – the Savior of mankind.  …

TIME FOR JOY

I’m sure you’re familiar with the Chipmunks – Simon, Theodore, and of course Alvin, the mischievous one. However, they sing a song that goes as follows – “Christmas, Christmas time is near. Time for joy and time for cheer” (of course, they replace joy for toys).   But as Christmas fast approaches, being the day…

CLOCK

I cannot speak for you, but in growing up, I am filled with so many fond memories. Our house was the making of them. I had six other siblings, and a mom and dad who were committed to investing in us.   One of those memories, however, didn’t necessarily involve them (at least for the…

GOOD NEWS

What is the greatest news you have ever received? Your wife telling you she is with child? Your dream job finally coming to fruition? Your child, who had been abroad for whatever reason, returning home? Graduating college? Winning the lottery? An angel declaring, “This is good news of great joy… a Savior has been born?”…

IN OUR HEARTS

I am confident that many of you reading this remember the days when I wore Hawaiian shirts. I have even had several requests to reinstate the fashion.   But truth be told, that would be impossible, unless I begin a brand-new wardrobe. For you see, I reconditioned those shirts, hiring a good friend to make…

CHRISTMAS

It is no secret that I love Christmas. The lights. The music. Everything. But I think what I love most is the anticipation. Like a little child awaiting Christmas morning, it just never goes away.   And I believe, it is in this likeness, that the prophet Isaiah wrote – wanting, hoping, that all who…