Does God Change?  Exploring His Immutability

My favorite diner just around the corner recently closed.  For years it thrived in our community.  It had in large measure the same staff, same menu, and I even noticed many of the same customers.  Then the diner, for reasons I don’t know, shut down.  I miss its convenient, dependable atmosphere and tasty food.  This […]

Giving Meaning in Life

Ecclesiastes 3:1-8 Ephesians 5:15-17 I have been reading the book of Ecclesiastes this week. Again and again the book references either the value of time or the perceived vanity of time. Time is important to us. When I was in grade school- back when we had to walk to school in the snow, uphill both […]

A Slow Walk Toward Growth

When I was young and far more athletic than I can even dream to be now—I was a runner.  I was light and fast and my agility shined in sports, specifically basketball, football and track and field.  Beyond my days of competitive sports I continued to run several times a week.  I run no more—a […]

The Moment of Truth

Over the past two weeks I have read the obituaries of two former classmates from High School.  My mom told me recently how difficult it is when you start seeing people you have known for years, but fallen out of touch with, showing up in the Obits.  I spoke on the theme of friendship this […]

Graced to Life

Graced to Life! /   Ephesians 2:1-10 I am writing these words from my hotel room in Jamaica on a summer vacation.  After doing nearly two years of “staycations,” I finally decided it was time to spread my wings and board some flight away from the home this year.  Travel broadens and deepens me and leaves […]

Courage & Fear

Courage and Fear Courage is armor a blind man wears; The calloused scar of outlived despairs: Courage is Fear that has said its prayers. Karle Wilson Baker, 1878 Luke 12:32  Do not fear, little flock, for it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom.  Courage empowers while fear can feel utterly dreadful.  […]

Loved by an Unchanging God

I am impressed by how life is ever changing. And we all know how changes can be thrust upon us quickly without advanced notice. A dear friend is struggling through the fallout of a failed marriage. A pastor friend has just been driven out of his pastorate by unscrupulous church leadership. My brother is recovering […]

Reverencing the God We Seek

“Who is like you, O LORD, among the gods? Who is like you, majestic in holiness, awesome in glorious deeds, doing wonders?”    Exodus 15:11 Two weeks ago I shared with you the Prayer of Jesus as found in John Chapter 17—in that chapter he prays for himself, his disciples who were gathered with him, and […]

Loosening the Grip of Strongholds

2 Corinthians 10:4  The weapons of our warfare are not fleshly, but are powerful through God for the demolition of strongholds. The Definition of a Stronghold can be viewed positively or negatively.  While the formal definition is:  “a place where a particular cause or belief is strongly defended or upheld.”  When the word stronghold is […]