Does Encouragement REALLY Matter?

When he arrived and saw this proof of God’s favor, he was filled with joy, and he encouraged the believers to stay true to the Lord.Acts 11:23 NLT A couple years ago I heard about the idea of choosing a “word of the year” to focus on instead of a New Year’s Resolution. Our family […]

Is My “Wisdom” Getting in the Way of my Worship?

“Meanwhile, Saul was uttering threats with every breath. He was eager to destroy the Lord’s followers, so he went to the High Priest.”(Acts 9:1 NLT) Here are my Top 3 Reasons to Use Google (drumroll please….): To prove to my kids that I know stuff. To satisfy curiosity about random topics. To learn enough about […]

But God

“BUT GOD was fulfilling what all the prophets had declared about the Messiah beforehand – that he must suffer all these things.” (Acts 3:18 NLT) Someone I once knew told me that any time the word “but” is in a sentence, nothing said before the but matters. I love you BUT I can’t be with […]

Three Questions

Jesus repeated the question: “Simon son of John, do you love me?” “Yes, Lord,” Peter said, “you know I love you.” “Then take care of my sheep,” Jesus said. John 21:16 NLT ___ In my life, there have been two questions that dramatically changed my life trajectory. How would your life look different if you […]

Let Down & Build Up

“But by the grace of God I am what I am, and his grace to me was not without effect. No, I worked harder than all of them—yet not I, but the grace of God that was with me.” 1 Corinthians 15:10 ___ “How have I let people down today?” When you ask yourself that […]

Tread Deeply

When the Spirit of Truth comes, he will guide you all into truth. John 16:13a NLT ___ Let’s talk tire tread for a second. Do you know why it’s there and how it works? I knew a tiny amount – basically just that it provides traction. I was curious so I googled it to learn […]

Moron For A Cause

Thomas said to him, “Lord, we don’t know where you are going, so how can we know the way?” John 14:5 NIV ___ Someone once told me that Shakespeare had a secret type of character in his plays. This specific character existed for only one reason: to keep all ages and intellects engaged in his storyline. […]

Trust

“Blessed is the one who trusts in the Lord, whose confidence is in him.” Jeremiah 17:7. ___ Growing up, I was always the kind of person who knew that I was going to have a family. I knew I was going to marry a beautiful girl, we’d be hopelessly in love, we’d have lots of […]

Gospel Feet

Now that I, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also should wash one another’s feet. John 13:14 NIV ___ When I was in high school, my parents hosted a church ministry intern (Carrie) for a year. While interning, she met an awesome Christian guy (John) who was also in ministry and they ended […]

Do You Pronk?

“He answered, ‘I have told you already and you did not listen. Why do you want to hear it again? Do you want to become his disciples too?’” John 9:27 NIV ___ The first time I let my dog outside each morning – without fail – she bolts out the door and launches herself off the […]