Keeping up with God – Ecclesiastes 11:1-12:8, Part 5

We recently had a snowstorm that blanketed our area with 8 inches of snow. Nothing massive, but given that we only got 5 inches total the entire previous winter, 8 inches felt like a lot. About 20 minutes away at my son and daughter-in-law’s house, the storm dropped 12 inches. As you traveled further northContinue reading “Keeping up with God – Ecclesiastes 11:1-12:8, Part 5”

How the surprise vine in my garden taught me about how Christians should live after the election – Current Events 2020 Q4, Part 4

This year we had a large vine growing in our garden. It was a vine we did not plant. I wondered if it was a weed, but it looked familiar, and it didn’t strike me as a weed. So we let it grow, and as the weeks went by we watched as this plant tookContinue reading “How the surprise vine in my garden taught me about how Christians should live after the election – Current Events 2020 Q4, Part 4”

How to walk with the Holy Spirit every day – Our Identity: Temples of the Spirit, Part 5

If you are a Christian, you carry the Holy Spirit around with you everywhere you go. So what? What does that matter? How do we live out our identity as temples of the Spirit? It starts with confession and repentance for the sin in our lives.  Admit it, and turn away from it.  One ofContinue reading “How to walk with the Holy Spirit every day – Our Identity: Temples of the Spirit, Part 5”

What is the Holy Spirit? And how do we receive the Spirit? – Our Identity: Temples of the Spirit, Part 2

What is the Holy Spirit? As a spirit, you cannot see the Spirit.  The Spirit is invisible.  But the Spirit is God, God’s true spiritual being.  The Spirit is equal to God in every way.  In Scripture we see various descriptions of the Spirit. The Spirit came like a dove alighting on Jesus during hisContinue reading “What is the Holy Spirit? And how do we receive the Spirit? – Our Identity: Temples of the Spirit, Part 2”

How the Holy Spirit helps us have peace when we struggle with fear – Fourth Sunday of Advent 2019, Part 5

What is at the root of fear?   Human nature? Maybe it is just a part of the human experience? We fear that we won’t be taken care of. Clearly so many of us, young and old fear rejection, loneliness, insecurity, or being destitute.  We can fear that people will look down on us. There isContinue reading “How the Holy Spirit helps us have peace when we struggle with fear – Fourth Sunday of Advent 2019, Part 5”

The only way to truly fulfill your longings – First Sunday of Advent 2019, Part 5

Have you ever thoughts that you be so happy if you hit the lottery? I have. I have dreamed of how I would spend the money. It sounds so freeing. I would be free from debt. My kids would have no college debt. I get excited just typing it. Many of us can feel thatContinue reading “The only way to truly fulfill your longings – First Sunday of Advent 2019, Part 5”

How to ruin a Love Feast, Jude 1-16, Part 4

Have you ever heard of a love feast? This is Part 4 in a series of posts on Jude 1-16, and we’re going to talk about people that ruin love feasts. Thus far in Parts 1, 2, and 3, we’ve been studying the ancient letter in the New Testament called Jude, and Jude has beenContinue reading “How to ruin a Love Feast, Jude 1-16, Part 4”

Was God being manipulative when he said, “If you obey me, you will live”?

Is God being manipulative when he says, “If you obey me, you will live”? Is he being threatening?  Why in the world would God say that?  If you remove the Christian filter from your mind, you can read God as sounding an awful lot like an abusive boyfriend. As we continue our study through Deuteronomy,Continue reading “Was God being manipulative when he said, “If you obey me, you will live”?”

Follow up to Saying “No” to Yourself

So how has it been going saying “No!” to yourself? After my story about Turkey Hill Chocolate Peanut Butter Cup Ice Cream, I had one person buy my two containers of it!  Come on, people!  I’m trying to say “No!” to myself too.  I guess you felt the need to help me grow some self-control.Continue reading “Follow up to Saying “No” to Yourself”

Saying “NO!” to yourself

It is one of the hardest things to do.  When there is chocolate peanut butter cup ice cream in our freezer, it is nearly impossible. When U2 releases a new album, it basically IS impossible. What is it? Self-control. Patience.  Two of the most difficult words in the English language.  How many of you struggleContinue reading “Saying “NO!” to yourself”