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Don’t Lose Focus

Finding something to capture our attention is easy these days. Take your pick…the upcoming election, COVID, job, family, health…finding something to preoccupy our thought life is not difficult.

But when we start focusing too much on external things and focus less on God, we risk walking into circumstances that will be dangerous and potentially destructive.

Our Sunday School class,…

Reminders

Sometimes I need reminders – a list for the grocery store, a note to pick up a Rx, or a meeting penciled on the calendar. Reminders can be about important or trivial things, but they keep us on track, make sure we have what we need and are where we are supposed to be. 

The children’s choir being able to meet together and sing has been a reminder for me. Each child in the choir is standing…

Comfort from the Word

We can come up with many reasons to read the Bible. In times where things are not going well for us, we are facing problems, or filled with anxiety, we can use God’s Word as a source of comfort.

I was having a conversation with my friend Michael last week. We covered our usual topics: family, finances, investing, politics, and what scripture we were studying. Michael mentioned feeling down…

Identifying with Moses, Aaron, Hur, and Joshua

An important component in studying the Bible is learning to identify with the people in it.

You don’t want to jump to application. We should first understand what a passage means. Then advance to what does it mean to me.

But once you are ready for application, put yourself in someone’s place to see how you might think, feel, or act. Or you can consider if…

Expand Your Time with God

Life started changing for us all in March 2020 and is still changing today. Our daily routines changed, too. I believe we can safely say we all have had to expand our hand washing routines, cooking more at home, and (be honest – expanded our television time, too). Some of us have also expanded our waistlines, which translated to increasing my dog walking routines.  A thought struck me during my…

Worship

"Worship the Lord in the splendor of His holiness; tremble before Him, all the earth" (Psalm 96:9).

Worship through songs and hymns of praise is a powerful way to give glory to our creator and experience the Lord's presence and power in our lives. Worship can break out anywhere: at home, in the car, and even while writing this and listening to the words of the song I will share. Phil Wickman…

No Shortage of Hugs

Today I asked permission to hug someone. I have had to stop myself from hugging those not in my immediate family recently. Weird, right? Lately due to COVID-19, affection just isn’t as freely given. It’s a little frustrating, because sometimes you just need a hug or need to hug someone else. Sometimes a hug is the right response before words. Sometimes a hug is what communicates most effectively.

God…

Rejoice, Repent, Request

Take a moment to answer this question, “What keeps you focused on God’s larger purposes for your life and the world around you?” If we aren’t careful, we can form spiritual habits that focus solely on our immediate, private concerns. Praying through the Scriptures is vitally important to the Christian life because it broadens our vision of God’s plans and purposes in the world. We could all use…

Overcome

Between juggling ministry, a child, and a household, time for quiet reflection can be hard to come by. In these times, a devotional life looks unconventional. A verse here or there. A journal entry between Zoom meetings.

The other night, I was listening to a 15-minute devotional when the speaker quoted John 16:33, “I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world,…

Life-Giving Habit

Isaiah 50:4b “The Sovereign LORD … wakens me morning by morning, wakens my ear to listen like one being instructed.”

I’ve found no better approach to begin each day than to rise early and go to my study, read the Bible, write in my journal, and pray. These simple practices started haphazardly in my teenage years with the best of intentions but little consistency or satisfaction.…

Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, with thankfulness in your hearts to God.