When I consider what separates Christianity from all other forms of religion, I see joy as one of our greatest distinctives. Not happiness, but joy: deeply held hope, contentedness, peace, and optimism, no matter our circumstances. Sometimes, the small stuff can nearly overwhelm our joy: constant schedule interruptions, lack of sleep, friction with family members.… Continue reading Distinctively Joyful
This past weekend, I undertook the longest fast I’ve ever done. I do intermittent fasting on a regular schedule, and generally do a 36- to 40-hour fast once each month (you can read about the whys and wherefores of those fasts here.) That monthly longer fast had gotten to be fairly straightforward, with few uncomfortable… Continue reading Undergoing a Prolonged Fast: What I Did, Why I Did It, & What I Learned
My daughter and I often spend our rides to her dance classes listening to our favorite Christian music. On Friday, we listened to hymns sung by the angelic-choir-like a capella group Voctave. One of their most exquisite arrangements is of the gorgeous old hymn, “It Is Well with My Soul.” (You can listen on Spotify.)… Continue reading Is It Well with Your Soul?
Last week, my oldest son, Aidan, wrote the following essay on leadership. I was inspired by his words, and reminded of the importance of being both a good leader and a good follower. I hope you all will be blessed as well. What makes a leader? Well, this depends on who you ask. Some might… Continue reading What Defines a Leader?
For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the Lord, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end. Then shall ye call upon me, and ye shall go and pray unto me, and I will hearken unto you. And ye shall seek me, and find me, when ye… Continue reading Thoughts of Peace & An Expected End
God is looking for people through whom he can do the impossible - what a pity that we only plan the things that we can do by ourselves. - A. W. Tozer Remember how the disciples sometimes seemed surprised when Jesus performed a miracle, or equated him to other great men of faith rather than… Continue reading Open Up to the Impossibilities
Until it was pointed out to me years ago, I had never considered that Christ wishes for us to have peace-filled lives. Most, if not all, of the epistles begin with this greeting: “Grace be unto you, and peace, from God our Father, and from the Lord Jesus Christ.” - I Corinthians 1:3 How lovely to begin his letters to us with that message! It is… Continue reading How Do We Attain Authentic Peace?
Because my family and I are involved in children’s church ministries on Sundays, we rarely hear a morning sermon. Instead, we all have favorite pastors and speakers that we listen to throughout the week, via Spotify, YouTube, or sermonaudio.com. This week, I listened to a message by Paul Chappell, senior pastor at Lancaster Baptist Church… Continue reading Running Your Best Race
In 1 Samuel 17, David was launched into a place in Israelite history when he killed the fearsome Philistine giant, Goliath, with a bit of leather and a rock – and a faith as great as his arsenal was small. According to David’s own words, his faith developed in part while he served as a… Continue reading A Heritage of Giant-Slayers
Our family went on a brief trip recently to Gatlinburg, Tennessee, in the Smoky Mountains. Though it was a foggy, rainy day, we walked with our cameras around an old homestead, searching for photo opportunities. Here's a bit of what I observed. Praise the Lord from the earth, ye dragons, and all deeps: fire, and hail; snow, and… Continue reading Gatlinburg Photo Shoot