The Easy Way Is Not Always Best

I love a good shortcut. Almost every day as I drive to work, I take a shortcut. Yet there are times in life when shortcuts are not best—when the easy way isn’t the best way.   When we dream about something we desire for the future, we want a shortcut to reach the dream. We want […]

March 7

March 7. Here it is again. I am sure I am not the only one with a day. A day is only a day in your eyes. As the world sees the day, it is very different from your vantagepoint. A day is filled with scars, with unanswered questions, with tragedy, with depth, with decisions, […]

Scaling Walls Outline

Scaling Walls 1-22-17 {Overcome obstacles through God}   “In Your strength I can crush an army; with my God I can scale any wall.” [2 Samuel 22:30, Psalm 18:29] “Vault the highest fences” [MSG]   David wrote this Psalm. He killed a lion & bear (see 1 Samuel 17:34-36). He killed many troops. He understood […]

Ruth 1 Outline

Advent Week 1 – My Redeemer Lives: A Painful Providence – 12-3-17 INTRO: Holiday season is often a time of…. Pain / Suffering / Grief / Loneliness PROVIDENCE: “To provide” – God directs all things toward His purpose—God is preserving and governing all things RUTH – MY REDEEMER LIVES Advent – the Coming of Jesus… […]

Privilege to Suffer

Suffering is never on our to-do list. We don’t leave our homes in the morning saying, “I really hope I suffer today.” We are not looking for opportunities to suffer. We run from suffering and when we undergo suffering, it is painful and we usually appreciate when it ends. Paul writes of the privilege of […]

Very Glad

Suffering is not fun, hence the reason it is called suffering. Suffering is when you are undergoing pain or hardship. It’s surely not fun. But Peter tells us to “be very glad.” Throughout the Bible we read that we should rejoice in our suffering. When we are insulted because of the name of Jesus, we […]

Prosper in All

Blessed are those that “delight in the law of the LORD.” The Bible says that “they prosper in all they do.” For some, this may be seen as success, a success that brings anything and everything desired. But do not misunderstand what the Psalmist is sharing. The person will “delight in the law of the […]

Pollen Attack

The pollen levels have been out of control the past few days. My normal allergy medicine has not been enough to combat the problem. Then the officials called for a Code Orange warning, which signifies poor air quality that will thereby impact those who are “sensitive.” This means people who are losing their allergy battle […]

More Than You Can Handle

Does God ever give you more than you can handle? That is something people debate often. Many times I hear that God will never give you more than you can handle. This is often said when we are going through something tough in life like a loss of loved one, a painful illness, or an […]

More Than a Story: Compassion

[The Good Samaritan: Luke 10:25-37] Compassion – Deep awareness of the sufferings or misfortunes of another with a desire to relieve it. Verse 37 – And he said, “The one who showed mercy toward him.” Then Jesus said to him, “Go and do the same.” [NASB] Mercy – eleos (el’-eh-os) – pity, mercy, compassion, tender […]