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”

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”

Moving from frustration to purpose when you’re stuck at home – Acts 11:19-30, Part 2

How are you dealing with being stuck at home these past two months? Feeling frustrated? This week we’re studying Acts 11:19-30, and what we read there could help us move from frustration to purpose. So grab a Bible and and read that passage. Did you notice there are three sections in the passage?  There isContinue reading “Moving from frustration to purpose when you’re stuck at home – Acts 11:19-30, Part 2”

Is American life killing you? – Acts 11:19-30, Part 1

Are you ready for the quarantine to be done?  Are you ready to get back to work?  Are you ready for things to get back to normal, or least whatever the new normal will be?  If so, you’re not alone.  At the grocery store last week, my wife, Michelle, rolled into a checkout line withContinue reading “Is American life killing you? – Acts 11:19-30, 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”

How to encourage others in tough times – Acts 9:1-31, Part 4

Do you have a nickname? I love nicknames. I don’t believe I’ve ever had one that stuck, though. Sometimes nicknames meander through a progression, like the nickname Michael Scott gives Daryl Philbin on the TV show, The Office: “Michael refers to him as “Mittah Rogers”—a nickname which began as “Regis” (as Darryl’s last name isContinue reading “How to encourage others in tough times – Acts 9:1-31, Part 4”

How a big basket teaches us to pursue Jesus’ mission during the pandemic (or any other time)- Acts 9:1-31, Part 3

Are you thinking differently about any aspects of life because of the coronavirus pandemic? I am. As I, and every single other person, was wearing a mask in the grocery story the other, it struck me how rapidly things change. Three months ago, if you told me that scene was about to happen in justContinue reading “How a big basket teaches us to pursue Jesus’ mission during the pandemic (or any other time)- Acts 9:1-31, Part 3”

Why “God has authority” is better than “God is in control” – Current Events Q2 2020: Is God in Control?, Part 5

How do you feel about the statement: “God is not in control?” Maybe you disagree. Maybe you look around the world and think, “It sure does NOT seem like a world where God is control.” Maybe the thought that God might not be in control is scary to you. Maybe you want some reassurance thatContinue reading “Why “God has authority” is better than “God is in control” – Current Events Q2 2020: Is God in Control?, Part 5″

How Jesus’ authority matters in a world out of control – Current Events Q2 2020: Is God in Control?, Part 4

What good does Jesus’ authority matter when the world feels out of control?  I often think I just want him to step in and make it all stop, to show us his power and make it all be done.  I pray every day for him to intervene and stop the virus, asking him to helpContinue reading “How Jesus’ authority matters in a world out of control – Current Events Q2 2020: Is God in Control?, Part 4”