At Jesus’ baptism, God the Father speaks very important words over Jesus. “This is my son, whom I love and with him I am well pleased.” Words that each of us long to hear from our own parents and our Heavenly Father. These words anchor our souls when tempted by the enemy, when the storms of life blow against us, and when our critics disagree with how we lead or how we live our lives.
What words do we hear today?
Snapchat is a multimedia messaging app developed in 2011 by a group of Stanford students. Users can post short videos, pictures, and messages to other users that last for a 24 hour period before they vanish. Kind of the like the Magi, or Wisemen, who came to Jerusalem seeking the one born King of the Jews. Kind Herod was disturbed. The Chief Priests and Teachers of the Law were clueless. And the Magi had childlike faith in their search a
Today we stand not only at the beginning of a New Year, but on the cusp of a new decade. The Roaring 20’s are back! We love new things. New cars. New babies. New jobs. But do we remember when we first experienced this newness in our relationships with God? The Lord is the Giver and Doer of all things, new things most especially. The Prophet Isaiah says, “Look, I am about to do something new.” If this is indeed true for 2020, will we be ready to re
Twitter is a handy tool to immediately get word out in our social media crazed world. We’ve certainly seen it’s uses and abuses in our day. But imagine if Jesus were born today! What Tweets might have been posted by the Angels and Shepherds that night? What Tweets would God have wanted planted in our hearts and minds? Whatever they would have been, we can sure that these Tweets would have been reTweeted for the rest of the world to hear.
Instagram is a great way to stay connected to people. The problem lies when it becomes a tool whereby we compare our lives with theirs. Over indulging in Instagram can consume hours of time and create depression, anxiety, and the fear of missing out when we are not included.
This week Scripture, like Instagram, provides a fascinating window into Mary’s life as a young teenage girl who was told that she would give birth to the expected Messiah. This call
Some of us might be thinking, what a strange title for an advent sermon! Indeed! But just imagine how young Joseph might have been subject to such torment if he lived today. Imagine the barrage of text messages or emails he might have received from well meaning family and friends pressuring him to get rid of his fiancé once she was found to be pregnant with a child that wasn’t his own. Today’s technology makes it so easy for us to abuse power in
Comparison is the thief of joy! Unfortunately, too many of us compare our lives with the posts of other people on Facebook. And this time of year, it can be especially hard if our holidays are not as joyful, our family gatherings not as happy, our homes not as beautifully decorated, or our vacations not as fancy. It can be easy to become depressed by all these comparisons as opposed to embracing the good gifts God has given to us.
Today as we begin our Adv
As we head into the Thanksgiving Holiday, I am reminded just how deeply grateful to God I am for my wife, my children, my family, our community, our church family, and our country. We are blessed with freedoms that often are taken for granted. The Apostle Paul reminds us in his letter to the Colossians that “whatever we do, whether in word or in deed, do it all in the name the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.” This week let us giv
Have you ever had a prayer that seemed to go unanswered and you wondered, “Does God even listen to us?” Sisters, Martha and Mary prayed fervently for Jesus to heal their sick brother and yet he ended up dying. I’m sure they had all kinds of questions for Jesus’ lack of response to the cries of their hearts.
But sometimes God’s answers to our prayers achieve greater, more eternal purposes in order to bring others to faith
Our triune God, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit is so generous in the way God provides for what we need. I have found that even when our resources are less than hoped, it's amazing how we always have more than what we need so that we can share with those who have even less. As we share, we live into the God given generosity that has been imprinted on every human heart. So, in this season of gratitude, may we truly sing “Praise God from whom all bless