Abundant Generosity

My outward love language is the giving of gifts. I absolutely love to give gifts – from wrapped gifts or sending care packages in the mail to taking food to neighbors to just giving my time to others. I don’t say this to boast, but more to share a little of who I am. Anyone … More Abundant Generosity

Broken Pieces

Over the past few days, I’ve been thinking about sin, and what it truly means in my life. My pastor once used an illustration of a newborn baby to describe it. This newborn was beautiful, loved by his parents and family, wrapped in a delicate soft blanket. He had ten perfect fingers and ten perfect … More Broken Pieces

His Grace is Sufficient

When Paul went to Corinth, he preached in the synagogue for about 18 months (50-51 AD). The new fledgling church was birthed from the synagogue ministry and corrupt and sinful people were receiving the free gift of eternal life. “With its cultural diversity, wealth, paganism and infamous debauchery, Corinth was perhaps not the place onlookers … More His Grace is Sufficient

Undeserved Love

Years ago, a dear friend shared a book with me that touched my heart forever. It was a Christian fiction novel about a couple with a very challenging marriage. In this marriage, the husband was faithful and loving, while the wife was an adulterous prostitute with a broken past. I didn’t know it at the time, … More Undeserved Love

A Shepherd from Tekoa

The book of Amos, like most prophetic books, is comprised of messages of judgment and messages of blessing. Judgment comes when we live life our own way and seek pleasure over God’s purposes for us. Blessing comes when we “Seek the Lord” (5:4, 6, 14) and live according to His ways. Amos was a “herdsman” … More A Shepherd from Tekoa

Cycles of Redemption

Our readings in 2018 have taken us from Exodus to 1 Corinthians and now we return to the Old Testament where Israel’s on a collision course for destruction. God rescued Israel out of Egypt and brought them through the Red Sea, revealed himself at Mount Sinai, and gave them the Law. Israel professed obedience to … More Cycles of Redemption

The Way of Escape

When I think of examples of temptation in the Bible, two men quickly come to my mind. First, I think of King David who looked across the rooftops in his capital city of Jerusalem and allowed his eyes to gaze on the beautiful woman, Bathsheba (the wife of Uriah). Then, I think of the young … More The Way of Escape