So I’ve started three blogs this week but haven’t managed to post any of them… Here are four steps to walk through when you fail to meet your own expectations.read more
Lately I’ve been thinking about thankfulness, gratitude, generosity, and how these go together, hand in hand. I’ve made a conscious decision to be more generous this holiday season. But being a generous giver is not about buying more. It’s about giving more.read more
In the Gospel of Matthew we repeatedly hear Jesus introduce his parables with the phrase, the Kingdom of Heaven is like. And in each parable of the kingdom something big comes from something small. I get the feeling it’s something Jesus wants us to understand.read more
I’ve just started reading a great new book that I wanted to share with you all. It’s called I Like Giving: The Transforming Power of a Generous Life by Brad Formsma. It’s filled with stories of regular people just like you and me giving generously in irregular ways.read more
As we move from a time of Thanksgiving to a time of Advent I’m doing my best to keep that attitude of thankfulness. Because Advent is so much more than Christmas, and how can one not be thankful during this time of the year.read more
When we recognize the magnitude of what we have been forgiven, it naturally generates a spirit of gratitude, thankfulness, generosity, and love, as Jesus shows us in the parable of the ungrateful servant.read more
Humility leads to gratitude and thankfulness. It’s an attitude we take on that chooses to elevate others above ourselves, and by doing so we follow the example of Christ.read more
A simple reminder for all of us this time of the year: Rejoice Always, Pray without Ceasing, In Everything Give Thanks!read more
When Jesus tells the parable of the wheat and the tares, look below the surface meaning and you’ll find it’s about more than judgment.read more
What builds your confidence in God? Here are three things that can build our confidence in God’s grace, provision, and love toward us. These are lessons I am learning everyday, and the stories in the Bible are for our example.read more
Have you ever felt that God is just too big to be understood? That his Kingdom principles are just too rare and refined and lofty for us? And reconciling the goodness of God with the world around us can be overwhelming. But the knowledge and understanding of God are like a priceless treasure that when we recognize it, brings us joy.read more
I’m not one who often prays the promises of God back to him. But if I was to pick one it would be this: God promises to dwell with me.
In the Old Testament and in the New, God promised that He would dwell with his people. That’s an awesome promise. And one I’ll take any day.
So I am finally going to the doctor’s office. I’ve been sick all week. It’s felt like someone has stabbed a knife in my throat and then set it on fire. That sounds about right. But it got me to counting my blessings.read more
Story communicates truth in a way that teaching doesn’t. And parables, like all stories, operate on multiple levels simultaneously. But to fully understand why Jesus taught in parables we have to remember his undercover mission and why he came.read more