How to have and express joy in the difficulties of 2020 – Ecclesiastes 8:9-15, Part 3

It can seem almost wrong to say that we should have joy in 2020. This year has been a nonstop slog of hardship. And yet, in the previous post we learned that God is and always will be actively involved in the world. As a result, it makes perfect sense how the Teacher concludes thisContinue reading “How to have and express joy in the difficulties of 2020 – Ecclesiastes 8:9-15, Part 3”

You can have joy in the midst of hard times – Ecclesiastes 3:1-15, Part 4

Do you ever struggle to find joy in life? I’m writing this in September 2020, and it feels difficult to have joy. We’ve been in a global pandemic, Covid-19, and nearing 200,000 deaths since March. Wildfires ravaged the west coast of the USA, while hurricanes flood the south. Partisan politics have made the presidential electionContinue reading “You can have joy in the midst of hard times – Ecclesiastes 3:1-15, Part 4”

When life’s storms are pounding, be one who not only rests in the presence and promises of God, but help others do the same – Acts 27, Part 5

Are you struggling in the midst of life’s storms? I write this in 2020, and it is not only shaping up to be an active hurricane season, but 2020 is filled with other storms too. Political upheaval, Covid-19, racial injustice. Each of these have affected just about all of us in very personal ways. AreContinue reading “When life’s storms are pounding, be one who not only rests in the presence and promises of God, but help others do the same – Acts 27, Part 5”

What NOT to say during the storms of life – Acts 27, Part 2

Does 2020 make you feel like yelling? Losing your temper? Our local school district had a board meeting last evening, and people expressed their frustration with the plans, or lack thereof…depending on their opinion, for having kids return to school safely in the middle of a pandemic. It is a very emotional time we’re livingContinue reading “What NOT to say during the storms of life – Acts 27, Part 2”

What to do when Covid is a no-win situation for churches (and other orgs) – Current Events Q3 2020, Part 5

Earlier this week the local school board met to discuss how to handle the upcoming start of the school year. Should kids be back in the building? If so, should they wear masks. By the way, I’m writing this during the Covid-19 pandemic of 2020, before a vaccine has been developed, and to date 150,000Continue reading “What to do when Covid is a no-win situation for churches (and other orgs) – Current Events Q3 2020, Part 5”

Let your freedom be ruled by love – Acts 21, Part 5

A man and his family went to church recently. This man and his family are healthy people, and believed that they do not need to wear masks. I’m writing this in July 2020 as coronavirus cases in the USA just exceeded 4 million, and many states are requiring the wearing of masks in public placesContinue reading “Let your freedom be ruled by love – Acts 21, Part 5”

How should Christians respond when our world falls apart? – Acts 16, Part 1

It’s been quite a year already, hasn’t it?  And we’re not even halfway through!  We started the year in political turmoil with a presidential impeachment hearing and the normal increased intensity of election year debates. Then Covid-19 hit, and we were in quarantine, including a near total shutdown of the country, for months. Then multipleContinue reading “How should Christians respond when our world falls apart? – Acts 16, Part 1”

A story of thankfulness to help us during hard times – Acts 12, Part 5

Do you like to watch awards shows?  I do.  It’s interesting to see who gets awards, and what they get the award for.  But more than that it is interesting to hear how they are introduced.  Often they are lauded as, “The great and wonderful…”  Whether it is an athlete, musician or actor, they areContinue reading “A story of thankfulness to help us during hard times – Acts 12, Part 5”

How should we count our blessings? – Acts 12, Part 1

What have you been grateful for lately?  Or has it been hard for you to be grateful? We all go through seasons of abundance and seasons that seem dry like a desert.  What season are you in right now?  I’m writing this in the spring of 2020 when the entire world has been on quarantineContinue reading “How should we count our blessings? – Acts 12, Part 1”

Dreams during the pandemic and how God wants to partner with us – Acts 9:32-11:18, Part 1

Have you been dreaming more during the pandemic and quarantine?  There have been numerous news reports of increased levels of dreaming.  For me, I’m dreaming as much as I always have. From the time I was a kid, through to the present day, my mind tends to be very active while sleeping.  I’ve had nightmares. Continue reading “Dreams during the pandemic and how God wants to partner with us – Acts 9:32-11:18, Part 1”