Just Pick One

Just Pick One

Going to the grocery store with me used to be pure torture for my youngest daughter. It would take me FOREVER to make a decision about what to buy. I would stand in the isle trying to pick the item that would be most cost-efficient, healthiest, and easiest to prepare. My desire was to glorify and honor God in all I did including the use of my money.

You Shall Remember

You Shall Remember

In my reading and meditations I was going through Deuteronomy chapter 8 and noticed how many times Moses was calling Israel to "remember" the Lord God. How could they forget? He had done so many miraculous things for them; delivered them from slavery in Egypt, fed them bread from Heaven, given them water from the rock, quail in abundance to eat and made them rich out of their poverty.

An Obituary for Mr. Nice Guy

An Obituary for Mr. Nice Guy

Obituaries can exagerate the truth about someone’s life. It’s possible we feel the need to memoralize what we want to remember and ignore what we don’t. The following is an obituary written by a client not about his physical death but his spiritual death. It’s an unadulerated biography about life after the flesh and how understanding his death, burial, ressurection, and ascension with Christ changed everything.

August 2016 Director's Encouragement Letter [Topic: Contradicting Verses]

August 2016 Director's Encouragement Letter [Topic: Contradicting Verses]

Dear Friend,

There are two verses I’ve found confusing in regard to one another: 2 Corinthians 5:17 and 2 Corinthians 3:18. The first reads, "Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come." (ESV). The second says, "So all of us who have had that veil removed can see and reflect the glory of the Lord. And the Lord—who is the Spirit—makes us more and more like him as we are changed into his glorious image." (NLT).

There is a Special Kind of Fatigue

There is a Special Kind of Fatigue

I know about hard work. As a young man it was physical labor, as an army officer it was more mental and emotional, as a college dean the emotional stress was extreme at times. All these tasks produced fatigue. Most of us know a different kind of tired. It is the one that encompasses every part of our being. We are apt to call it complete exhaustion. We are completely spent, physically, emotionally and mentally.

When People Mean Evil

When People Mean Evil

n my devotions today I read the story of Joseph and his brothers. It’s probably safe to say there was a certain degree of dysfunction in this family that makes me feel better about my own…! Sure, we’ve got our problems, but really nothing on this level. That’s one of the things I really love about the Bible. It never hides the dysfunction or puts on pretense. The Bible exposes our weaknesses and failings and shows how God redeems all of these for His good purposes.

The Cross Through Songs

The Cross Through Songs

Martin Luther believed that "the gift of song was given to man that he should proclaim the Word of God through Music." Scripture encourages us to "...sing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs to God with thankful hearts” and to make "...music to the Lord in your hearts” as a method of letting "...the message about Christ, in all its richness, fill your lives."

My Way

My Way

Ashlie Michener sat in the back seat of the family Suburban sobbing. Her ponytail was cinched down tight at the crown of her head and the August sun refracted into tiny prisms as it glinted against her damp cheeks. Today was Kindergarten Roundup and Ashlie and her mother were on their way to meet her teacher.