If this sounds a little familiar it is because I wrote and posted this same post last year. Something reminded me about using talents in ministry last week. I honestly don't remember what, but I did remember that I wanted to update and re-post. We all have so much we can give to God. There … Continue reading 3 Steps Toward Using Your Talents for Ministry
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
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
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
It is one of those things that is only seen about once a year, and this happens to be the time. There are two dead trees just off the road. I drive by them every day on my drive home. Around mid-autumn, just after the ritualistic changing of the clocks, the full moon rises at … Continue reading The Moon and the Stars Which You Have Set in Place