Why the moon freaks me out – Fourth Sunday of Advent 2019, Part 1

You know how the moon appears larger when it is low on the horizon? There are a few times each year when the full moon is visible low on the horizon straight out our back yard.  When that happens, I grab my binoculars, and go out on the deck, kneel down by the railing, andContinue reading “Why the moon freaks me out – Fourth Sunday of Advent 2019, Part 1”

How to have victory over envy and jealousy – Second Sunday of Advent, Part 5

Throughout Advent this year, we are examining our longings. During this second week, we have been studying Psalm 73, learning what to do with envy and jealousy. If this is the first post you are reading in this series of five, I urge you to go back and start at the beginning, as the psalmist,Continue reading “How to have victory over envy and jealousy – Second Sunday of Advent, Part 5”

God says he is enough for us, so why doesn't it feel like it? – Second Sunday of Advent 2019, Part 4

Have you ever questioned something like what the title of this post suggests? I have. My guess is that you have too. What do we do when God doesn’t seem to be enough for us? What do we do when we struggle with envy and jealously, especially of the arrogant and mean people who seemContinue reading “God says he is enough for us, so why doesn't it feel like it? – Second Sunday of Advent 2019, Part 4”

How Christian freedom should not lead Christians to behave badly – First Sunday of Advent 2019, Part 4

Have you ever heard Christians say that if churches or Christian institutions don’t have rules and regulations, people will go off the rails leading to anarchy?  So if we want to be good Christians, they say, then we should be making new rules, like the ones in the previous post: no wearing lipstick or smokingContinue reading “How Christian freedom should not lead Christians to behave badly – First Sunday of Advent 2019, Part 4”