Hope in the middle of a nightmare – Ezekiel 8, 9 and 10, Part 3

I am person who dreams almost every night during sleep. How about you? Over the years I’ve had some freakish nightmares. Sometimes they are recurring, going night after night. Others will be one-off dreams that never recur. I also have settings like the home we lived in years ago, or my church’s building, or theContinue reading “Hope in the middle of a nightmare – Ezekiel 8, 9 and 10, Part 3”

What my peach tree teaches me about resurrection – Easter 2021, Part 3

I’m writing this in early spring, when I am starting to see the beginning of buds growing on the peach tree in my yard. Maybe you have fruit trees, and you’ve seen this growth process underway. As the buds eventually flower, the tiny fruit will begin to grow. Frequently, some fruit ripens early and weContinue reading “What my peach tree teaches me about resurrection – Easter 2021, Part 3”

Why we should look to Jesus to win us the victory – Colossians 2:8-15, Part 5

All week long in this five part series on Colossians 2:8-15, I have been seeking to understand the Apostle Paul’s answer to the question, “What is truth?” After hearing his concern that there are deceptive philosophies in the world that seek to captivate us, Paul focuses our attention on Jesus, saying that Jesus is theContinue reading “Why we should look to Jesus to win us the victory – Colossians 2:8-15, Part 5”

How God wants to fix our broken world – Colossians 1:15-20

All things are in need of reconciliation. True or False? Just for the sake of argument, assume that statement is true. Why do all things need reconciliation?  Because things are broken.  You reconcile when you have a broken relationship.  Something happened.  Relationships break apart in all sorts of ways, right?  From small slights to massiveContinue reading “How God wants to fix our broken world – Colossians 1:15-20”

How to bring hope to struggling people around you – Colossians 1:1-8, Part 5

This week I hosted my local ministerium’s monthly meeting at Faith Church.  Throughout the year, we take turns, meeting at one another’s churches, and it was my turn. So I set up small round tables in our fellowship hall, spreading them out six feet apart, placing one chair per table, trying to make sure thereContinue reading “How to bring hope to struggling people around you – Colossians 1:1-8, Part 5”

“Words that bring smiles” – Colossians 1:1-8, Part 4

Want some news to bring a smile to your face? As we continue studying Colossians 1:1-8, look at verse 4.  Paul says that he has heard good things about the Christians, news he is thankful for, and as a result he wants to keep encouraging them.  Word has spread through the Christian network, which reliedContinue reading ““Words that bring smiles” – Colossians 1:1-8, Part 4″

Not so fast 2021…why we needed 2020 – Ecclesiastes 11:1-12:8, Part 1

A new year is upon us!  Are you excited?  On one hand, the switch from December 31, 2020 to January 1, 2021 this coming Thursday night is the same as any old Thursday night.  It is one day, then the next day.  Sure, we get a long holiday weekend, which is nice, but New Year’sContinue reading “Not so fast 2021…why we needed 2020 – Ecclesiastes 11:1-12:8, Part 1”

What people need to know about Christmas – Honest Advent Bonus Post

For Christmas Eve, Faith Church included as part of our worship service, the excellent depiction of the Christmas Story as told by the TV show The Chosen. Before continuing with this post, I urge you to watch the episode below: As I watched the first part of the video, the introduction felt very familiar.  RememberContinue reading “What people need to know about Christmas – Honest Advent Bonus Post”

Show vulnerability when you feel like an outsider – Honest Advent Week 1, Part 5

There’s one more story of vulnerability that I want us to learn from.  Turn to Luke 19:1-9.  At this point in the story of Jesus, he is on the way to Jerusalem where he will face his destiny.  But Jesus is not quite there yet.  He is passing through the nearby city of Jericho.  CrowdsContinue reading “Show vulnerability when you feel like an outsider – Honest Advent Week 1, Part 5”

An antidote to despair – Ecclesiastes 8:16-9:10, Part 4

If we aren’t supposed to succumb to worry about the future, is there an antidote to despair?  Again, the Teacher, the writer of Ecclesiastes, is ready with more wisdom for us.  Look at chapter 9, verses 7-9a. Dorsey’s Translation: “7 Therefore go, eat your food with joy, and drink your wine with a joyful heart,Continue reading “An antidote to despair – Ecclesiastes 8:16-9:10, Part 4”