When I’m not feeling happy or content in my relationship – 1 Corinthians 7:17-24

Are you feeling discontent in your relationships? Maybe you’re not feeling happy about a relationship?  But are you feeling joy?  Is there a difference?  And what does it matter? When we are unhappy or discontent, we are very tempted to RUN!  In our passage from this past Sunday, Paul says “Remain in the situation inContinue reading “When I’m not feeling happy or content in my relationship – 1 Corinthians 7:17-24”

Kid’s Art, Petrified Cheerio, Penny, and More – The Monday Messy Office Report SANCTUARY Edition – May 19, 2014

My tidy Friday office is mysteriously messy on Monday…except this week.  Since starting this series on the blog a few months ago, I have not lacked for material.  Almost every week people drop stuff off in my office, or my kids leave half-eaten snacks there, or things just show up for reasons I cannot explain. Continue reading “Kid’s Art, Petrified Cheerio, Penny, and More – The Monday Messy Office Report SANCTUARY Edition – May 19, 2014”

Feeling discontent in your relationships?

What would you say has been bothering you?  Anyone been feeling discontented lately?  A change that you are hoping for too long in coming?  A change that you weren’t hoping for came unexpectedly?  Change or die, they say.  Or maybe they say it like this, if something does not change it is dead.  Or, allContinue reading “Feeling discontent in your relationships?”

Finding healing for a broken relationship – 1st Corinthians 7:10-16

How many of you have been impacted by divorce?  Separation?  During the sermon on Sunday I interviewed two couples from Faith Church, each of which had one spouse that was previously divorced.  I was so thankful for their courage and vulnerability to stand in front of a roomful of people and talk about the painfulContinue reading “Finding healing for a broken relationship – 1st Corinthians 7:10-16”

Mug, Magazine, Brochure, CDs – The Monday Messy Office Report – May 12, 2014

My Friday tidy office is mysteriously messy on Monday.  Here’s what I found: 1. Coffee mug half filled with coffee. I have a suspicion about why this was on my counter because it looked a lot like the half-filled cups of coffee that are frequently on our kitchen counters at home… 2. Books & Culture.Continue reading “Mug, Magazine, Brochure, CDs – The Monday Messy Office Report – May 12, 2014”

Separate? Divorce? Remarry? – What to do?

I’ll never forget a moment at summer church camp when I was in 6th or 7th grade. One of my cousins was with me that week, and we were sitting in the gym for a Bible discussion. Next thing I know, my cousin who is a year older than me was bawling, body heaving upContinue reading “Separate? Divorce? Remarry? – What to do?”

Why we have had four sermons about sex in less than two months

Do you realize that we have talked about sex in four sermons in less than two months?  Take a gander: March 30 – 1 Cor. 5:1-11 – Paul mentions incest and sexual immorality April 13 – 1 Cor. 6:9-11 – Paul mentions sexual immorality and homosexuality April 27 – 1 Cor 6:12-20 – The wholeContinue reading “Why we have had four sermons about sex in less than two months”

Piece of Paper, Side Table, Welcome stuff, Note – The Monday Messy Office Report – May 5, 2014

My Friday tidy office is mysteriously messy by Monday.  Here’s what I found today: 1. A piece of 8 1/2 x 11 lavender colored paper folded in half.  Laying on one of my counters (I have two…long ago my office used to be part of the church nursery), the paper is completely blank.  I haveContinue reading “Piece of Paper, Side Table, Welcome stuff, Note – The Monday Messy Office Report – May 5, 2014”

What is the status of your relationship?

Facebook has made relationship status a big deal in our culture.  What is your status?  Single, Dating, Engaged, Married, Separated, Divorced?  Sometimes that status changes, and sometimes it is painful. So how is your relationship going?  Is your marriage thriving?  How are you and your spouse doing?  Are you struggling?  Are you single?  Wondering ifContinue reading “What is the status of your relationship?”

Reports CD, Books, Mug – The Monday Messy Office Report – April 28, 2014

My Friday tidy office is mysteriously messy by Monday.  Here’s what I found today: 1. CD with Reports for EC National Conference – I know that for many the word denomination is a really long four-letter word. Maybe you’ve had a bad experience with the institutional nature of the church.  Maybe you’re a part ofContinue reading “Reports CD, Books, Mug – The Monday Messy Office Report – April 28, 2014”