|Posted on May 1, 2021 at 11:40 AM||comments (0)|
This week Worship Team practice got pretty silly. We were having a bit of a struggle with the sound system, and even the songs weren’t coming together like they usually do. The pressure was on since we were working on a special event that was coming up quickly.
But instead of getting stressed and worried, my amazing team began to joke and play. We started singing some really retro oldies, laughing and teasing each other, and before you know it everything started to come togethe...Read Full Post »
|Posted on April 11, 2021 at 12:05 AM||comments (0)|
This week I heard a quick news brief that said that California might be “opening back up” by June. That was such exciting news! I know we’ve all looked forward to everything around us returning to what we’ve always called normal. I mean, who really likes change?
But it got me to thinking. Before Covid, I could hardly wait for a little vacation. I would run from one task to another, craving the opportunity for a little ‘alone’ time, or a day when I...Read Full Post »
|Posted on April 3, 2021 at 2:30 PM||comments (0)|
Springtime is here! This is a time of renewal and regeneration, so when better to celebrate the biggest change that happened for us? Christ’s sacrifice on the cross and His triumphant victory over death didn’t just free His earthly body, it freed us as well. The blood of Jesus paid the price and broke the tie of sin that had caused us to forfeit our place in heaven with the Father, and our own birthright of eternal life. The very moment Christ walked out of the tomb, our lives...Read Full Post »
|Posted on March 27, 2021 at 11:15 AM||comments (0)|
We can talk about changing our lives, our attitude, our habits, our lifestyle, our thinking and our world, but real and lasting change is hard! That’s why new years resolutions are so fleeting. We have a vision of the transformation we want, but as Jesus said in Matthew 26:41 “the spirit is willing but the flesh is weak.”
The problem is, we try to make changes on our own steam. Let’s face it, there’s just not enough human ‘juice’ to get the ...Read Full Post »
|Posted on March 20, 2021 at 11:05 AM||comments (0)|
We’ve had a lot to complain about in the past year, and we’ve done a lot of complaining. We’ve been through a season of plague, financial uncertainty, racial and political unrest – all while being isolated from each other.
Did you know that statistics are showing that many people, even though it is becoming safer and more accessible, are choosing to not return to Sunday services? We’ve gotten accustomed to streaming the service online, studyi...Read Full Post »
|Posted on March 6, 2021 at 3:50 PM||comments (0)|
Listening to a late-night Christian radio talk show, I heard an author say (and I’m paraphrasing a bit) “a woman who raises a son who chooses his spouse over her, blesses God’s heart. But a woman who raises a son who chooses her over his spouse, breaks God’ heart.” I wish I could remember who the speaker was, because the truth of those words has made me reevaluate and reassess a lot of my typical ‘mom’ thinking. I know for certain that I never want t...Read Full Post »
|Posted on February 27, 2021 at 11:15 AM||comments (0)|
We have to acknowledge that God has a sense of humor. Otherwise, how would we explain the giraffe? Stick legs, bulbous body, teeny tiny head on the top of all of it, and eye lashes that belong on a run-way model.
Or how about the simple honeybee? There’s a popular misconception that bees shouldn’t be able to fly, but it can’t be true because we see them do it all the time. With those chubby bodies and little wings it surely doesn’t seem aerodynam...Read Full Post »
|Posted on February 20, 2021 at 11:00 AM||comments (0)|
Regret can be a powerful and debilitating emotion. The older we get, the more it can affect our thinking and our response to the world around us. When we look back at the many choices we’ve made throughout our lives who doesn’t wonder about opportunities wasted, open doors walked past, or wreckage left behind. Like a ghost trying to haunt us, if we allow it to, we can wish our lives away on thoughts of the things we should have done differently.
As our bodies b...Read Full Post »
|Posted on February 13, 2021 at 10:45 AM||comments (0)|
Samuel Chadwick, turn of the century Wesleyan minister, said “Confusion and impotence are the inevitable results when the wisdom and resources of the world are substituted for the presence and power of the Spirit.”
Today we are facing some of the most challenging times we’ve ever known. There are opinions flying, video’s being posted, credibility questioned and rumors running rampant. It is incredibly easy to jump on the bandwagon of one side or th...Read Full Post »
|Posted on February 6, 2021 at 11:25 AM||comments (0)|
When did we decide we were qualified to be both judge and jury on every single topic? Oh, we tell ourselves we’re not, but the reality is that, realize it or not, we make ourselves feel better by comparing our actions and beliefs with those around us. And no matter how hard we try and fight that embarrassing human trait, it sticks like glue.
I’m sure that’s why scripture has so thoroughly covered the topic. Matthew 7:1 clearly and simply says “judge not lest y...Read Full Post »