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
In this season of gratitude, I’d like to say thank you to our all our uniformed men and women and their families who make such huge sacrifices on our behalf. As Americans, without these special people, we would not enjoy the many freedoms that we have. Their selflessness of always putting others first models the example of Jesus Christ and blesses us more than we could possibly put in words. So please take a moment this week to verbally express your grateful
Zacchaeus was not only physically short, but also short in character. As chief tax collector he was known for taking more than his share from his fellow people and he was despised by all. So it’s no surprise that he hid in a tree so he could see Jesus when came to town. But Jesus not only calls him out of hiding, he also calls out the God given image of generosity that had been imprinted upon Zacchaeus' soul. Like a stone thrown int
The Prophet Daniel describes the Babylonian government as full of division, posturing, jealousy, covetousness, corruption, deceitfulness, and distrust…in other words much like how I imagine our nation’s government operates today. But Jesus, through his Sermon on the Mount, paints a much different picture of what is possible. One of hope, of unity, of peace, and of love. If we would just humble ourselves, confess our sinfulness to God, and turn toward H
Jesus often told stories where he likened weddings to the Kingdom of Heaven breaking into our midst. Indeed these communal festivities are wonderful opportunities to cultivate a greater heart of gratitude. The truth is that the more we accept these invitations to join in the party, the more grateful we become. So let us be more grateful and festive!
There is a dangerous movement in American Christianity that says “I believe in Jesus, but I just don’t believe I need to be part of the local Church.” The Apostle Paul also addressed this spiritual apathy in the Church in Ephesus. Through his Letter to the Ephesians, Paul reminds us that we are better together than we are on our own. We are stronger together than we are on our own. We are more blessed together than we are on our own. We have a grea
I’m sure everyone could attest that there are days when we don’t feel very grateful. The truth is that we are hard pressed on all sides, busy beyond exhaustion, and confronted by people who wish to do us harm. And King Jehosaphat in the Old Testament encourages us that it is during those days when we need to intentionally practice our gratitude. Though we may need to allow ourselves to feel all our emotions, at some point we also must put them aside,