“Blessed are the merciful, for they shall receive mercy.”
Have you been personally hurt or offended by someone recently? How are you dealing with it? Why is it so hard to show mercy-...READ MORE >
After three beatitudes that deal with emptying ourselves (poor in spirit, mourn, meek…), Jesus turns to being filled. What do you hunger for? If I’m honest, I don’t naturally hunger for...READ MORE >
“Blessed are the poor in spirit for theirs is the Kingdom of Heaven.” Matt. 5:3
Steak and eggs! My feet are propped up, all conflicts are resolved, my work is accomplished, my phone is on...READ MORE >
If I were honest, left to myself, I would live my life entirely self-absorbed…but I’m not sure that it would achieve what I really long for. The image of Christ on the cross was my first...READ MORE >
I don’t “radiate” God’s manifest glory to others in ways I would assume. It certainly is not done by impressive strokes of Christian service, or by smiles and glorious...READ MORE >
We can choose joy!
“What…are you crazy? Don’t be disingenuous.”
“Whoever said that, obviously has never really suffered.”
This weekend we will take a closer look at joy...READ MORE >
At times we can have a love/hate relationship to our church experiences. What should the expectations be? Encouraging groups are awesome! It’s amazing what we can do to support each other. Our...READ MORE >
On the last day of 1999 I flew from New York to Vienna. The plane was almost empty, so I stretched out on five seats and just slept the night away! What the news media had projected about Y2K...READ MORE >
Be encouraged today! The return of Christ could come at any moment. If you are in Christ, you will rise to a destiny that is almost indescribable. It will erase every doubt in your heart that...READ MORE >
Most people don’t like conflict; face-to-face that is. (Online, anything goes).
Speaking of conflict. If you accept God’s word, then it puts you in direct opposition to the world. Why?...READ MORE >
What you say and do matters!
Paul probably thought his trip to Thessalonica was a failure, but in reality it was foundational to Christianity spreading into Europe and “everywhere”(1 Thess....READ MORE >
What does it mean to be “…loved by God…” (1 Thess. 1:4a)? How do we reconcile that with our afflictions? Perhaps being loved by God has far deeper implications than we would have thought....READ MORE >
Have you noticed the temperature of rhetoric rising in our country? People have strong opinions ranging from politics to religion, sexuality and everything in between. Along those lines, if you...READ MORE >
Extrovert: “Solitude is punishment.”
Mother of young children: “Solitude would be wonderful.”
Choleric: “I meet God when I am actively doing things.”
Religious person: “I love...READ MORE >
Happy New Year!
Whenever a new year rolls around I get a little reflective.
I try to ask, “What does God really care about…?”
I know God is love, and as a result He cares about caring...READ MORE >
I’m so excited about the Christmas Eve services coming up!
Please pray about inviting someone to one of them. I’m going to take us back to the origin of Christmas and...READ MORE >
Twenty-five years ago, on Christmas Eve, I asked Jen to marry me! I was ready to make a wedding vow based on the value I saw in her. It’s interesting that Leviticus ends with a chapter on...READ MORE >
The tree is up. You’re sitting fireside, enjoying the glow of dimmed lights and quiet music. For a moment you get a sense of peace and then your phone “bings”. Peace silently slips away and...READ MORE >
What is hope?
“Hope you have a nice Christmas.”
“I hope it all works out for you.”
Hope in the Bible is deeper than that. More like an inner confidence that finds strength in...READ MORE >
Happy Thanksgiving! Yeah right!
Yesterday, as a woman walked by me on her way out of a grocery store, she snarled, “Jesus Christ! These PA laws for buying alcohol are ridiculous. How is...READ MORE >