40 Simple Thoughts for 40 Days of Lent

40 Simple Thoughts for 40 Days of Lent Below are links to 40 simple thoughts for 40 days of Lent. These links connect to simple thoughts that I have written. I hope these simple thoughts for Lent will help you in your spiritual journey with Jesus this year. Jesus __________ Jesus Was Jesus Came Jesus [Read More…]

7 Proofs of God’s Promises When I Trust Him

7 Proofs of God’s Promises When I Trust Him February 21, 2017 Year A Psalm 119:57-64 Many people try to make promises, but they often fail. So it is natural for us to come to God and wonder if He can be trusted. However, this psalm reminds me that God is a promise-keeping God. God [Read More…]

Ecclesiastes 3:1-22 What Is the Point of Life?

Ecclesiastes 3:1-22 What Is the Point of Life? We come to a section of Ecclesiastes that is often quoted. As a matter of fact, the first eight verses were the lyrics to a top charting song by The Byrds in the 1970s. I have the song here to play for you. Just listen to the [Read More…]

Jack Graham Should Stop Hurting the SBC

Jack Graham Should Stop Hurting the SBC Recently, Prestonwood Baptist Church, a Southern Baptist church in Texas decided to hold one million dollars of offerings directed to the Cooperative Program in escrow. The church is under the leadership of Dr. Jack Graham, a former president of the Southern Baptist Convention (SBC). Instead of forwarding this money [Read More…]

Blessed Are the Weird: A Manifesto for Creatives by Jacob Nordby

Blessed Are the Weird: A Manifesto for Creatives by Jacob Nordby In 2012, Jacob Nordby spun out a poem that began: Blessed are the Weird People– poets, misfits, writers, mystics, heretics, painters & troubadours– for they teach us to see through different eyes… This book expands on the famous poem. He helps the reader to [Read More…]

8 Ways to Listen to God

8 Ways to Listen to God February 16, 2017 Year A Psalm 119:33-40 8 WAYS TO LISTEN TO GOD 1. Listen to His instruction with the goal of keeping them (Psalm 119:33) The psalmist reminds me that when God teaches me something, it is meant to be kept. I learn something in order to keep [Read More…]

5 Ways to Grow Using the Bible

5 Ways to Grow Using the Bible February 15, 2017 Year A Psalm 119:9-16 1. Keep God’s Word like you would keep your word to someone else (Psalm 119:9) You know how you keep a promise to someone else? We call that “keeping your word.” It means that what comes out of your mouth is [Read More…]

Ecclesiastes 2:1-26 How Can I Be Happy?

Ecclesiastes 2:1-26 How Can I Be Happy? “There is but one step from the sublime to the ridiculous.” Napoleon is supposed to have made that statement after his humiliating retreat from Moscow in the winter of 1812. The combination of stubborn Russian resistance and a severe Russian winter was too much for the French army, [Read More…]

Ephesians 2:1-10 Love and Forgiveness

Ephesians 2:1-10 Love and Forgiveness During a children’s sermon one Sunday morning, the pastor Glenn Schaeffer held up a summer shirt that he wore around the house. Schaeffer told the children that someone said the shirt was ugly and should be thrown away. “I’m having trouble forgiving the person who said those mean things,” He [Read More…]

Ecclesiastes 1:1-18 Is Life Pointless?

Ecclesiastes 1:1-18 Is Life Pointless? Is life pointless? That is the question that the author of Ecclesiastes asks. It is the question we will explore over the next few months as we dive into this great book. I’m not sure many of you have read Ecclesiastes. But I think you will be surprised how much [Read More…]