Last Words

And be sure of this: I am with you always, even to the end of the age. Matthew 28:20b NLT ___ For two summers as a young adult, I worked at a summer camp. The first summer I worked as a counselor, playing “big sister/momma/activities director” to a different group of girls every week for […]

Take A Look

When they were finally tired of mocking him, they took off the robe and put his own clothes on him again. Then they led him away to be crucified. Matthew 27:31 NLT ___ I’m a fan of reading. In my humble opinion, the reason reading is awesome is because the reader gets to be the […]

My Hero The Villain

“Suddenly, Jesus’ words flashed through Peter’s mind: ‘Before the rooster crows, you will deny me three times.’ And he went away crying bitterly.” Matthew 26:75 NLT ___ Some people are fans of a good “under dogs” story. If that’s you, you root for the little guy! Hearing about people that overcome insurmountable obstacles with little […]

What Do You Have To Say For Yourself

“Well, aren’t you going to answer these charges? What do you have to say for yourself?” Matthew 26:62b NLT ___ Because I’ve decided that social media can have a positive influence in my life, I’ve been careful to only keep my feed fueled by people that will speak truth and love (and a laugh or two) into […]

Breaking the Fourth Wall

“(let the reader understand)” Matthew 24:15b ESV ___ In order to construct a solid home, you must have four walls. Apparently the same holds true of a solid movie or play. There are three walls on stage – the left and right wings and the backdrop – and then an invisible fourth wall that separates the […]

The Most Dangerous Game

Is it against the law for me to do what I want with my money? Should you be angry because I’m kind? Matthew 20:15 NLT ___ Lately on my Facebook feed, I’ve seen news articles pop up about dangerous new games that are trending among middle school and high school students. I usually don’t even bother […]

Spiritual Irritant

I assure you, if you have faith and don’t doubt, you can do things like this and much more. Matthew 21:21a NLT ___ You know what IcyHot is, right? In case you don’t, it’s a gel-based pain reliever you can buy pretty much anywhere. There are at least a dozen different brands – I like […]

5 Ways To Be In The Top 5%

“About that time the disciples came to Jesus and asked, ‘Which of us is greatest in the Kingdom of Heaven?'” Matthew 18:1 NLT ___ Chapter 18 of the Gospel of Matthew opens with the disciples all wanting to know who would be the greatest in the Kingdom of Heaven. If I’m being honest, I’d have […]

Though He Slay Me

She replied, “That’s true, Lord, but even dogs are allowed to eat the scraps that fall beneath their masters’ table.” (Matthew 15:27 NLT) Conviction. Where’s yours? What’s it in? What do you believe so deeply, so surely in that it’s as much a part of you as your arm or leg? What do you believe […]

All Right

“‘All right,’ he said.” Matthew 13:37a NLT ___ Someone very wise once told me that the best way to get beyond whatever current “rut” I am stuck in, is to reach out to someone who has already been in that rut and has gotten out. He said that the people that are really and truly out […]