The Long Way Around

June 24, 2022 Scripture Resource Passage: Exodus 13 I like shortcuts. I love shortcuts to success. Shortcuts are great for just about everything except getting the flu. Unfortunately, not all my shortcuts work out with glorious outcomes. Sometimes perfectly well-intentioned shortcuts thunder as disaster approaches like Frankenstein’s footsteps. At other times I’m not close toContinue reading “The Long Way Around”

Humility Should Adorn Us

June 17, 2022 Scripture Resource Passage: Luke 14 Jesus counsels his disciples, “…all those who exalt themselves will be humbled, and those who humble themselves will be exalted” (Luke 14:11). As disciples we monitor our interior self, as well as our public demeanor. We have reasons to be thankful as well as humble. We celebrateContinue reading “Humility Should Adorn Us”

Three Month’s Salary

May 27, 2022 Scripture Resource Passage: Luke 19 Gifts should not be taken for granted. Thank you notes are always appropriate when someone has been gracious. Disciples write thank you letters to God through faithful stewardship. As God invests in us, there is an expectation that as his people are thankful, they are also makingContinue reading “Three Month’s Salary”

Coram Deo

May 13-14, 2022 Scripture Resource Passage: Matthew 19:16-30 Self-awareness of spiritual poverty is not a 21st century phenomena. In the days before the betrayal, arrest and sentencing of Jesus, a person-standing Coram Deo, “In the presence of God” asked, “What do I still lack?” (Matthew 19:20).  If you are willing, in this 21st century seasonContinue reading “Coram Deo”

Spiritual Mosquitoes

Friday, April 1, 2022 Scripture Resource Passage: Matthew 14 Bible in hand, I sit down ready to read. My occasional journal is ready for fresh ink. I come to these moments seeking God’s guidance. Without speaking aloud I address God. “Lord, You are Sovereign. I am here to listen. I am your servant. My heartContinue reading “Spiritual Mosquitoes”

Fishing Smells

Friday, March 25, 2022 Scripture Resource Passage: Matthew 4 Imagine the smells of a fishing business. Doesn’t seem like a fragrance particularly aligning with God’s holiness. See the holy Presence. Raw sunburned hands, eyes squinting against the hard diamonds of the sun’s reflection from Galilee’s waters, then suddenly Jesus. “You guys. Yes, you. I wantContinue reading “Fishing Smells”

Humility Avoids Arrogance

January 7, 2022 Scripture Resource Passage: 1 Peter 5 Instructing an entire group of disciples our brother Peter writes, “All of you, clothe yourselves with humility toward one another, because, ‘God opposes the proud but shows favor to the humble.’ Humble yourselves, therefore, under God’s mighty hand, that he may lift you up in due time”Continue reading “Humility Avoids Arrogance”

Greater Than Jewelry

December 31, 2021 Scripture Resource Passage: Acts 5 Wearing a piece of jewelry in the shape of a cross, or inserting a fish symbol within a business presentation may be an indicator of discipleship. Such things may also simply be an appreciate for shiny objects or clever design. Sports teams and schools find themselves inContinue reading “Greater Than Jewelry”

Silence Seldom Sounds

December 17, 2021 Scripture Resource Passage: 2 Thessalonians 2 Wisps of foul noise blow across our world. Silence seldom sounds. Raucous voices demand to be heard. Abundant confusion spreads misinformation across many platforms. Writing of Christ’s return and prompted by false rumors an apostle encourages, “Concerning the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ and our beingContinue reading “Silence Seldom Sounds”

Suffering’s Painful Noise May Be Anger

November 26, 2021 Scripture Resource Passage: 1 Peter 2 Today there is very little talk of giving up personal license or freedom for the sake of others. There are shouts of: “You’ve infringed on my rights! You can’t take my rights away from me!” The painful noise feels like fire ants with thousands of toothsome-friends,Continue reading “Suffering’s Painful Noise May Be Anger”