You are valuable

You are valuable

There are really two gauges we use to determine value. The first gauge is how much someone is willing to pay and the second is who owned it before. Time and time again we use these two filters to gauge the value of an object. My garage sales are notorious for proving this to be […]

Make it known

Make it known

Humans are forgetful. It’s just a fact and an embarrassment that we all have to come to grips with. We forget things from birthdays and anniversaries to names and people’s faces. Some parents even forget they have kids…but that might be deliberate. One of saddest things we forget, and way too often I might add, […]

A fresh start for the new year

For many of us, this is the time when we set new goals for the coming year. We do this partly because we aren’t completely satisfied with who we were the year before. We all wish we could have been better. So as a result of our disappointment, we make a list, either written or […]

Some good news

Some good news

Not everyone views a good report the same. The things that bring you joy might not bring me joy at all. For instance, you might tell me you received a promotion at work or that you are expecting a child and although I might be very excited for you I am surely not going to […]

In the beginning

In the beginning

The first line of any great book can be some of the most memorable and significant words the author will ever write. It’s these first few words that can set the tone for the entire story, because it is the beginning and every great story starts with an unforgettable beginning. That’s exactly why God, the […]

My one and only

My one and only

Jesus made a life changing statement to a crowd of followers once when he said, “If you want to be my disciple, you must hate everyone else by comparison – your father and mother, wife and children, brothers and sisters – yes, even your own life. Otherwise, you cannot be my disciple.” (Luke 14:26) Could […]

Fan or follower?

  The biggest difference between a fan and a player is that a fan never steps foot on the field. They never go to the practices, never take the hits, and never help an injured player off the field.  In comparison, there are a lot of Christians that fit the description of a fan. But […]

Extermination

Extermination

One of the houses I lived in as a child was infested with mice and rats. It was disgusting! We tried to get rid of them by setting up a bunch of traps. It took forever to get them out of the house. One time, we caught three mice in one trap at the same […]

My friend the enemy

So, on Sunday morning, I preached on loving your enemies. By Sunday afternoon, I was yelling at the guy who was being a jerk in the parking lot. I guess I need to go back and listen to my own message. Jesus didn’t say loving your enemies would be easy. But he did say that […]

Common ground

On June 16, 1858, a newly chosen republican U.S. Senate candidate by the name of Abraham Lincoln made a bold statement to his colleagues, which was not only appropriate but eternal when he said, “A house divided against itself could not stand.” It was appropriate because of the issues our nation faced at the time […]