Baseball and God’s heart for the world – Relationships: with the world, Preview

My freshman year of high school I tried out for my high school baseball team, as I thought baseball was my best sport. I had played soccer the previous fall, making the Jr. High team as a 9th grader, and I enjoyed it. I also considered trying out for the basketball team, another sport IContinue reading “Baseball and God’s heart for the world – Relationships: with the world, Preview”

Christian, what aroma does your manner, method and message give off? – Relationships: In the community, Part 5

My wife, Michelle, works at a local café.  She and the other servers say that the Sunday, after-church crowd are some of their least favorite to serve.  Why?  Their manner, message and method stink.  They can be demanding. They can treat their servers coldly or disrespectfully. They can lack polite manners. They can barely tip,Continue reading “Christian, what aroma does your manner, method and message give off? – Relationships: In the community, Part 5”

Do you give off the aroma of life or the aroma of death? – Relationships: In the community, Part 4

When I go running with my dogs, one of the most amazing things is the smell of breakfast cooking emanating from the houses we pass by.  Or maybe you are more familiar with the smell of someone cooking burgers.  Or a chicken barbeque.  The wind can carry that smell really far.  I grew up inContinue reading “Do you give off the aroma of life or the aroma of death? – Relationships: In the community, Part 4”

Are you a quality friend? A good member of your community? – Relationships: In your community, Preview

Who are your neighbors?  Do you know their names?  Their story?  Their beliefs?  Evaluate your relationships with them.  Are you close?  Distant?  Would they say you care about them?  What about your co-workers?  Your friends?  Your classmates?  What does it mean to have godly relationships with the various people in your life?  Are we justContinue reading “Are you a quality friend? A good member of your community? – Relationships: In your community, Preview”

How to be a watchman or woman, without being creepy – Ezekiel 33:1-20, Part 4

In our five-part series covering Ezekiel 33:1-20 this week, we have been learning that God called Ezekiel to be a Watchman Prophet for Israel. Likewise, we Christians are called to be watchmen for the people in our lives. As I type that, I wonder if it comes across as a bit creepy. Watching people? WhatContinue reading “How to be a watchman or woman, without being creepy – Ezekiel 33:1-20, Part 4”

An odd way to tell people about Jesus – 2 Thessalonians 3, Part 3

Editor’s Note: Once again I welcome David Hundert as guest blogger this week! Thanks David, for filling in for me. In this four-part series, David concludes our Advent 2021 series, Ready for the Return, in which we studied 2 Thessalonians. What do you think is the best way to tell people about Jesus? You mightContinue reading “An odd way to tell people about Jesus – 2 Thessalonians 3, Part 3”

How Advent inspires us to share the good news about Jesus – 2 Thessalonians 3, Part 1

Editor’s Note: Once again I welcome David Hundert as guest blogger this week! Thanks David, for filling in for me. In this four-part series, David concludes our Advent 2021 series, Ready for the Return, in which we studied 2 Thessalonians. Consider this irony: In 2019, if you stayed home and did nothing, you were consideredContinue reading “How Advent inspires us to share the good news about Jesus – 2 Thessalonians 3, Part 1”

Our mission of reconciliation – Ezekiel 20, Part 5

Editor’s Note: Thanks to guest blogger David Hundert for continuing the Ezekiel series this week. I believe there are at least two things that we can learn from Ezekiel 20 and apply to our lives. If you have read the previous four posts, in which we studied Ezekiel 20:1-44, you can do so starting here.Continue reading “Our mission of reconciliation – Ezekiel 20, Part 5”

How to change a heart of stone into a heart of flesh (and help others do the same) – Ezekiel 11, Part 5

Editor’s Note: Thanks to David Hundert who is our guest blogger this week, continuing our series through Ezekiel. Think about your heart. Not your actual blood pumper…but your inner being. Would you say you have a heart of stone or a heart of flesh? Do you feel somewhat cold or dead inside? Is there hopeContinue reading “How to change a heart of stone into a heart of flesh (and help others do the same) – Ezekiel 11, Part 5”

You can be in a close relationship with God – Colossians 1:20-23, Part 1

What is broken in your life?  I hate to start off this week’s blog posts on such a dark note, but so many of us have broken relationships, broken situations, and they really concern us, taking loads of emotional energy, time and sometimes money.  How do we heal what is broken? I think about ourContinue reading “You can be in a close relationship with God – Colossians 1:20-23, Part 1”