How to recover when you’ve squandered your potential – Characters: Samson, Part 5

Samson is an illustration of a man with unbelievable potential for good, yet who allows himself to be degraded by his lusts and revenge.  There is such a lack of desire in his life to follow God, to keep his Nazarite vow, which could have and should have guided him to lead Israel back toContinue reading “How to recover when you’ve squandered your potential – Characters: Samson, Part 5”

No matter how bad it is, there is hope – Characters: Samson, Part 1

What gifts has God given you?  Sometimes we call them spiritual gifts.  Or it could be our personal abilities.  Our aptitudes. Things we are good at.  Could be working with our hands.  Thinking.  Art.  Communication.  Leading.  There are many such gifts.   Have you ever wondered if you’re using those gifts the way God wants? OrContinue reading “No matter how bad it is, there is hope – Characters: Samson, Part 1”

Of Slaves and Apostles – Titus 1:1-4, Part 2

Have you ever called yourself a slave to your boss? A slave to your job? Maybe you have slaved over a project in school. Or perhaps you worked slavishly doing yard work. We use the word “slave” in many ways, even though that word has a horrid connotation because it describes the very awful andContinue reading “Of Slaves and Apostles – Titus 1:1-4, Part 2”

That time the Apostle Paul talked about unpresentable parts

I really think there was a twinkle in his eye.  He wasn’t there when they read the letter, so I have to imagine that twinkle, and the corners of his mouth turning up as he grinned to himself thinking about when they would read this. They would get the letter, gather the group of followersContinue reading “That time the Apostle Paul talked about unpresentable parts”

The Spiritual Gift Game Show! – 1st Corinthians 12:1-11

Phil Bartelt started things out this past Sunday with “Kingdom Life,” a Spiritual Gifts Game Show! Do you know your spiritual gift(s)?  Are you using your gift(s)? When we had sermon discussion group after the worship service, we had a great time talking about what it means to have spiritual gifts, and yet there wereContinue reading “The Spiritual Gift Game Show! – 1st Corinthians 12:1-11”

Do you know your spiritual gifts?

Spiritual Gifts…do you know what your spiritual gift is? Have you ever taken one of those spiritual gifts tests where you answer a whole bunch of questions, and then you tally up the results, and voila, you find out which spiritual gift you have? Tests like that could be helpful as a starting place, orContinue reading “Do you know your spiritual gifts?”

Encouragement Note, PLACE books, CPYU Stuff – The Monday Messy Office Report – April 7, 2014

My Friday tidy office is mysteriously messy by Monday.  Here’s what I found today: 1. Encouragement note – It is simple, but very meaningful “Joel, Hope you have a great week!”  From, anonymous.  Isn’t that cool?  Someone placed that on my desk.  For as long as I can remember we keep encouragement note sheets onContinue reading “Encouragement Note, PLACE books, CPYU Stuff – The Monday Messy Office Report – April 7, 2014”

Spiritual Gifts, Grief Class, Running, 80th Birthday Concert – The Monday Messy Office Report – March 24, 2014

My Friday, tidy office is mysteriously messy by Monday.  Here’s what I found today: 1. Spiritual Gifts Tests and a note about a Grief class – I wonder how many of you have taken one a spiritual gifts tests before?  You answer some questions, tally up the answers, and voila, you now know how GodContinue reading “Spiritual Gifts, Grief Class, Running, 80th Birthday Concert – The Monday Messy Office Report – March 24, 2014”

Is America the hope of the world?

About a year ago during his bid to unseat Barack Obama as President of the USA, former Massachusetts governor, Mitt Romney, said this. How do you feel about what he said? What I came to learn as I was researching this post, is that Romney was actually quoting Abraham Lincoln.  It was a phrase thatContinue reading “Is America the hope of the world?”