Posts with the category “message-series”
Imperfect Parents and Imperfect Prayers
August 9th, 2023
My husband and I became parents last year. Our daughter, Hope, is only 14 months old, but I already have a long list of ways I feel like we could’ve parented better–tweaking this sleep routine, displa...
August 2nd, 2023
For his eleventh birthday, my son asked for a rock tumbler. It’s a little machine that transforms natural rocks into smooth gemstones. He’d already collected a few gems from various souvenir shops, bu...
Don't Look Down!
July 26th, 2023
I would prefer not to set myself in opposition to the Person who is the very reason for my existence, salvation, and eternity. But I do it. All the time. The claim that pride is the “greatest of all...
Faith That Submits
July 20th, 2023
I loved fishing with my dad as a kid. We would catch a ton of catfish and crappie in that 14’ flat bottom boat. One time when we finished fishing, we motored to the dock so I could get out and back th...
Rollers and Mirrors
July 12th, 2023
If someone tells you that cats are cleaner than dogs, don’t trust them. That’s a Cat Person. Growing up we had two and they shed everywhere. My whole life I walked around with hair stuck to my clothes...
Taming the Tongue at Home
July 5th, 2023
If you spoke to me after a Sunday service, or texted me to meet for coffee, or ran into me at the grocery store, you might be fooled into thinking that I’m quite far along in my journey of “taming the...
In the Same Way
June 28th, 2023
The men at her door were different than the others. She could tell right away. The word “Israel” conjured up stories she had heard for years about a rag tag group of slaves turned ocean parting army. ...
Faith That Loves
June 21st, 2023
Faith and favoritism are incompatible. Like oil and water, they do not mix – and believers should not attempt to combine them. Favoritism has no place in the Church or life of the believer. Unfortunat...
Try to Remember
June 14th, 2023
We’ve all known people who had an above average knowledge of Scripture that, sadly, didn’t appear to be much affected by it. They’re often critical, impatient, and boastful—all while being well-versed...
Faith That Perseveres
June 7th, 2023
Be honest. When we hear James say, “Consider it all joy, my brothers, when you encounter various trials,” joy is not what immediately comes to mind amid trials and tests. No one is happy when the diff...
March 1st, 2023
Imagine standing in the corner of the room as the scene plays out. We are here to listen, to observe and learn. Solomon enters; he kneels beside the bed of his father, David. Years have shrunk to hou...
Shepherds, Thieves and Heirs
February 22nd, 2023
It started in secret, but David’s sin that began behind closed doors was beginning to seep out from the cracks. Nothing could stop it. Not even the body of a dead man. The prophet came to him with a p...
February 15th, 2023
Todd Henry wrote, “It’s possible to succeed your way into failure when you lose sight of the bigger picture” (emphasis added). Mr. Henry was making the point that in our work lives we can get so caugh...
Is Your Back Against the Wall?
February 8th, 2023
Ever had those moments? When it seems there is no way out of a tough situation? Young David was being falsely accused and chased by King Saul in Psalm 57. As you know, Saul and his men came into the c...
Beside Still Waters
February 1st, 2023
There is a bench with an iron back and wooden slats. The arms curve downward like a ram’s horn. It sits at the edge of deep water that’s fed by a spring beneath the earth. The pool is aquamarine in th...
A Giant Killer
January 26th, 2023
It was a rough day for Israel. Encamped along the battle lines opposing the Philistine army, they had listened to the taunts of a giant. They had listened and they were afraid - cowering in their self...
The King We Need
January 17th, 2023
Samuel filled his horn with oil and made his way to Bethlehem, with thoughts swirling in his head. It wasn’t long ago he had anointed Israel’s first king. Had it really gone wrong this quickly? At fir...
Lessons from the Upper Room
October 24th, 2022
As Peter wrote to the early church about brotherly affection and love, I wonder if he was remembering words he had heard in an upper room. He sat at the Passover table the night before Jesus’s death a...
A Prayer for Our Church
October 18th, 2022
If I were to pray just one prayer for our church, it would be the words of this verse. In my opinion, it covers everything we need: hearts that are (1) convinced of the love of God, and (2) gripped by...
October 12th, 2022
Eleven years ago, when we lived in Missouri, I decided to challenge myself in recognition of my 50th birthday. I signed up for a marathon. I had been running some - 5-milers mainly, but I was nowhere ...
To Know Him Is to Love Him
October 3rd, 2022
I’d known him my whole life. I knew he was the youngest of three brothers. I knew where he went to church and school and who his best friends were. I knew he played guitar and lifeguarded at the pool....
Better Than the Book
September 27th, 2022
The word virtue brings me back to a heavy, tan book from my childhood. On road trips to visit my grandparents in the Texas panhandle, my mother would read us stories from The Book of Virtues. It was f...
September 20th, 2022
My family wasn’t big on ceremony, but I remember two events that marked the entryway into the grown-up world for my brothers and me. The first, which came when we turned twelve (or so) years old, was ...
It's Time for a Walk
April 18th, 2022
One of the great scenes in the Bible, on the other side of Jesus’ resurrection, has to be what happened on the road to Emmaus. A couple of Jesus followers are on a walk. Like many people do when they’...
Our Only Hope on Holy Week
April 11th, 2022
Death is a somber cloud that hangs over Holy Week. I know Sunday is coming. I know that Christ will not stay in the ground. Yet I also know that every passing Easter finds me a year closer to my own g...
The God Who Seeks
April 5th, 2022
Zacchaeus was a wee little man and a wee little man was he. He climbed up in a sycamore tree for the Lord he wanted to see. And as the Savior passed that way, He looked up in that tree. And he said, “...
March 30th, 2022
A religious person is not necessarily a born-again person—even when their religion is steeped in the gospel. I know because I was one, an “almost” Christian....
The Gain Is In The Loss
March 22nd, 2022
We have no idea what Christ has for us on the other side of self-denial. Much of what we see in the moment of decision appears to be loss, like God is intent on taking something away from us. He’s cut...
Jesus and the Women
March 15th, 2022
There’s a lot of talk these days about gender equality. But that was not the case in the first-century world that Jesus was born into. Women were routinely treated as second-class citizens with dimin...
When Suffering Prolongs
March 8th, 2022
In Luke 7, Jesus does something incredible. He goes out of His way to raise the only son of a widow from the dead. Here, we see His great compassion for us in the midst of our suffering, and we see Hi...
How to Impress Jesus
March 2nd, 2022
Have you ever stopped to think what it would take to truly impress Jesus? I mean, He created everything that ever was! He existed before all things and holds everything together (Col. 1:17) so could t...
The Walmart Lady and Jesus
February 22nd, 2022
We were walking out of Walmart when she approached us. Right away, we could tell she was quite different from us in every way. She asked for a ride home across town, but it was obvious she needed so m...
The Power of an Encounter
February 15th, 2022
Charlie Taylor is not a familiar name to most, but if you were to ask his friends, they probably would have described him as a quiet man who loved mechanical things. Some others considered him a mecha...
Glimpses of the Kingdom
February 8th, 2022
James K.A. Smith says, “we can’t not be desiring some kingdom”. Woven into the fabric of our existence is a longing for how we ought to live and how the world around us ought to be. Smith suggests ...
Thy Kingdom Come
February 1st, 2022
There are whispers going through the Nazareth synagogue today. Joseph’s son has returned to His hometown and stands for a Sabbath reading. He’s handed the scroll of Isaiah and finds just the passage H...
Light & Life to All He Brings
December 7th, 2021
It was just an ordinary December night when she asked, “Mommy, does everybody switch families?” The tree lights sparkled behind her as she snuggled deeper into the couch and waited for my answer....
The Spark We Need to Choose to Serve God
November 9th, 2021
We will never choose to serve a God we don’t believe has delivered us. We might make overtures. We might try because it seems right. We might even actually serve in some capacity for a season. But to...
Pray for the Impossible
November 1st, 2021
I’ve often heard that God is willing and able to give us so much more than we could ever imagine; we just never ask. What surprises me about Joshua chapter 10 is that God has already done so much for ...
A Covenant Renewed
October 26th, 2021
At the city of Ai, God used both defeat and victory to teach His children profound lessons about covenant relationships. For starters they had the painful reminder that the benefits they enjoyed from...
October 19th, 2021
Joshua 7 is always uncomfortable for me to read. One man sins, and his entire family pays the price for it. Oh, and 36 Israelites die in battle, too. It seems so harsh—to allow the whole nation to be ...