Let us not merely say that we love; let us show the reality of our love by our actions. - 1 John 3:18 Above is how I read 1 John 3:18. Does anybody disagree? It's a fairly simple, straightforward verse. It doesn't take a Greek scholar to understand it. Don't just say you love. Love. … Continue reading Stop the Clanging. Show Love.
Here we are, Christmas Eve. We haven't sent Christmas cards this year. It's not that we didn't want to, or didn't plan to, but I'm not even sure it's a thing anymore. There are so many alternative ways to communicate that sending anything in the mail... Well, it just isn't done. Besides, I'm not even … Continue reading The Essence of Christmas
Once upon a time, back when I was much younger, I spent my days sailing a cargo ship across the Pacific Ocean. My main task was making sure the ship was where it was supposed to be and to keep it headed in the right direction. Navigation. This was before the days of GPS; back … Continue reading Lessons from a Lighthouse
Originally posted: October 2013 Hiding Light "No one lights a lamp and hides it in a jar," says Jesus (Luke 8:24). Duh...It wouldn't make much sense to turn on a light and then keep everyone in the dark. That's why I put my light in a mason jar. But we all do it, hide our … Continue reading You can’t hide light in a mason jar
Faith Thoughts This morning I'm thinking about where the Lord is leading us. It isn't always clear. Sometimes He just says, "Go.... I will show you..." And then you go. [Tweet "Sometimes He just says, "Go.... I will show you..." And then you go."] As you step out in faith, knowing that His plans are … Continue reading Remember the batteries and other faith thoughts
A post on Facebook has me feeling nostalgic today. It has nothing to do with the picture above, but it was handy. The picture is in side an antique store in Sutter Creek, California, which is hundreds of miles away from the place I am remembering today. I am feeling nostalgic for a place that … Continue reading 4 Benefits of feeling nostalgic
We all have so much we can give to God. First though, we must give Him our life. Once you do that a whole new world of opportunity can open up. It is just a matter of how much of what He has given to us in the way of time, talent, and goods we … Continue reading 3-step formula for using your talents for ministry
Photo Credit: Miah Oren, Lightstock.com Thoughts on the potter and clay This morning I'm thinking about being clay. It only seems reasonable since that is all I am, all we are. Clay in the hands of the potter. Imagine if the clay said to the potter, "You have gifted me in such and such an … Continue reading 3 Lessons from the Potter and Clay
Photo Credit: Tina Vanderlaan; Lightstock.com Embarking on a spiritual journey This morning I reached for a devotional book-slash-journal that has been sitting on my shelf for a couple years. It was rescued from a box of books that was left behind by my father-in-law when he moved to heaven. Every year at Christmas my wife … Continue reading A year in the life of a spiritual journey
During a recent time spent in the Psalms, I slowly and prayerfully read through Psalm 146. Know what I discovered? A clearly laid out list of things the Lord will do for us. The only thing He needs from us is to trust in Him. Really trust. Have complete confidence that He will do what He … Continue reading Eleven amazing things the Lord will do for us. The last two will inspire awe.
Early in the morning, after Donald Trump was projected the winner of the electoral college vote, I posted this to Facebook. Everyone relax. You're all going to be fine. It's not like we haven't been through this before. We don't understand God's ways, but rest assured the outcome of this election is all part of … Continue reading Everyone relax. God’s grace is enough.
25 “Therefore I tell you, do not be anxious about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink, nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing? 26Look at the birds of the air: they neither sow nor reap nor … Continue reading Stop Worrying
Buy This image takes us back a few months to winter. Yes, winter. Southern California has some of the best winter weather anywhere, and a Del Mar sunset on the beach can be just incredible, especially in winter. It's the clouds. Everyone knows clouds are a rarity in Southern California, especially in summer, so we … Continue reading Glory, Majesty, and a Del Mar Sunset