Pruning seems so destructive to someone who isn’t familiar with why, how, or when we cut a plant back. Pruning stimulates new growth and fruit production. In our lives, however, pruning can cause suffering, but then suffering produces perseverance, character, and
Psalm 119:11 says “I have hidden your word in my heart that I might not sin against you.” Jesus tells us that remaining in him involves having his words remain in us. But how? God has given us several gifts to help us plant his word in our hearts…the spoken Word of God, the
Our God dwells in life giving community, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. It's a community that loves and cares for each other, but also that shares this love with others outside the community. Jesus prayed that this kind of others centered community would be indicative of his followers after his death.&nb
We’ve all got a song written on our hearts. That much is true whether it’s in tune with the world or with God. The Rev. Aleida Jernigan challenged us to make it one of adoration, praise, and glory to God through our Lord Jesus Christ. The Apostle Paul did this, despite the fact that he did not have an easy life. What is your song?
One thing of Jesus is certain…he never seems to be in a hurry. Whether engaging a powerful religious leader who’s daughter lie dying or a woman sick with bleeding who stops him to share her whole story, Jesus moves with great intentionality and patience.
Knowing who we are in Christ is probably the most important thing we can establish in life. The world is always going to try to conform us to it’s image and define us by what we do. But God doesn’t define us by what we do or don’t do. God loves us as his children unconditiona
This time of year, roses are bursting out in bloom in the Pacific Northwest. With the combination of climate, good pruning, and ample feeding, the branches of a rose bush can produce incredible fruit. But once you cut those branches off, the life force that once flowed through the branches can no longer produce the kind of blossoms it was int
The coming of the Kingdom of Heaven is Good News! When Jesus returns to judge the living and the dead, he will restore what was broken, misused, or abused. And he will finally destroy the forces of evil once and for all that create so much havoc in our world.
On Memorial Day we remember the brave men and women who sacrificed their lives for our American freedoms. These folks did not die in vain but freely gave their lives so that we could experience a better life. In the same way, Hebrews 11 talks about faithful men and women who strived for something they felt God called them
Frankly to me the image that some may have of heaven seems quite boring. Clouds, robes, harps, singing for hours, days on end for eternity. Scripture, however, paints a more colorful picture. We will live in cultural rich cities with people from all nations. We will build our own houses.