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My 15 Minutes: Matthew 7:24-27: Sunshine and Thunderheads

rainWe had some of the strangest weather yesterday.

It started out with a constant misty-drizzle, everything was drippy and dreary. Then a few hours later, the sun came out displaying one of my favorite things: sunshine glittering off raindrops still clinging to the grass and trees. Everything looked bright and exciting, fresh and clean, holding the promise of a beautiful day.

Then the thunderheads started to bully their way across the sky.

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Jesus in Everyday Life, Matthew, My 15 Minutes

My 15 Minutes: Matthew 2:1-12: Out of Town Guests

Do you ever read Scripture and have more questions than answers?

Bible QuestionsSometimes, ideally, the answers you seek are found in other parts of Scripture. Other times, if you’re lucky, a Biblical scholar may have spent months going through dusty old tomes of historical and cultural documents and written about what he’s/she’s learned.

Then there are the times like those found in Matthew 2:1-12. After the birth of Jesus, visitors from the East came to see Him. To meet Him. To worship Him. Continue reading “My 15 Minutes: Matthew 2:1-12: Out of Town Guests”

Jesus in Everyday Life, My Story

Graduation, New Normals, and Helping Loved Ones When It Hurts

Hello! Man alive, it’s been a while. I have missed you!

Graduaiton diploma

For the last six weeks, I’ve been held captive by the vast and beautiful whirlwind that was our oldest son’s high school graduation.

For some, this may not seem like a big deal. It’s a “been-there-done-that” event. For you, it may not have been an all-consuming occasion. It was just another party—just bigger, with a lot more people and food and beverages, and, and, and.

For the rest of us—namely me—it’s a different story. Continue reading “Graduation, New Normals, and Helping Loved Ones When It Hurts”

Jesus in Everyday Life, Matthew, My 15 Minutes, Reading God's Word

My 15 Minutes: Who Was Matthew and Why Did He Write?

coins-currency-investment-insurance.jpgMatthew was from the tribe of Levi, the tribe of priests. But he didn’t serve the Jews as a God-fearing priest; he stole for them as a self-serving tax collector.

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Forgiveness, Jesus in Everyday Life

But I Don’t Feel Forgiven…Part 4: Forgiving, Forgetting, and Doubt

Hello dear friend, This post was one of the most difficult to write. Rewrite. And write again. I wrestled with it for weeks! Maybe you can tell me why. Blessings.


“Excuse me; Ma’am, is this yours?”

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But I Don’t ‘Feel’ Forgiven…Part 2, What is Repentance?

IMG_3898Confession. Forgiveness. Repentance. Three essential steps to eradicating the stronghold of sin in our lives.

We tend to be pros at confessing our sins and asking God for forgiveness. But we suck at repentance. Continue reading “But I Don’t ‘Feel’ Forgiven…Part 2, What is Repentance?”

Jesus in Everyday Life

When We Feel Emotional

IMG_1015Have you ever gotten into a project only to discover it was like an iceberg—more massive than you could have ever imagined? And the more you got into the project, the more you realized just how extensive it was?

That’s me right now. Continue reading “When We Feel Emotional”

Forgiveness, Jesus in Everyday Life

But I Don’t ‘Feel’ Forgiven…Part 1

IMG_2993“But I don’t feel forgiven!” She said in exasperation over a cup of coffee.

Ah, there it is. That’s the real issue, isn’t it? Or is it? Continue reading “But I Don’t ‘Feel’ Forgiven…Part 1”

Eternity, Jesus in Everyday Life

What does your Heart Crave?

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What does your heart crave?

What makes it burn?

When you’re alone with your thoughts, your dreams—what do you imagine? What do you see? Continue reading “What does your Heart Crave?”

Attitude, Jesus in Everyday Life

Attitude. Part 4. Tyler’s Choice To Change

img_3923Tyler is a gifted athlete.

He’s fast and agile.

He’s strong and aggressive.

And he’s competitive. Very competitive.

All his life he’s been able to excel using the simple formula of combining his familiarity with that sport and his natural talent. Whenever he tries a new sport, he thrives after only a few practices. Granted, techniques and skills need to be refined and improved, but that usually happens seamlessly. Easily. With little effort.

Then he joined wrestling. Continue reading “Attitude. Part 4. Tyler’s Choice To Change”