Sacred Space

I’m reading the story of Joseph this week and it strikes me how his life was a continuous cycle of ups and downs, ups and downs, ups and downs. One minute he’s the favored son, the next an exiled slave in a faraway land. He’s up with Potiphar, then down in jail, favored in prison, […]

The Beautiful Robe

“So when Joseph arrived, his brothers ripped off the beautiful robe he was wearing…” -Genesis 37:23 If you’re familiar with the Joseph story, it’s not too hard to read between the lines and see that he was probably pretty proud of being the favorite.  When he tells the family of his mysterious dreams, it’s not […]

YDR: Share your thoughts (1-23-11)

What can change a life? There are good things, bad things, and probably neutral things.  What are some things that, for good or bad, can make a LASTING change in a person’s life? Please share your comments below.

He Giveth More Grace

Amazing, isn’t it… the smallest things often bring the greatest joy. Sorting through stacks of scattered papers, I found this little scrap. Be blessed. HE GIVETH MORE GRACE He giveth more grace when the burdens grow greater, He sendeth more strength when the labors increase; To added affliction He addeth His mercy To multiplied trials, […]

Planning Center notes 2

NOTE: This post is from an e-mail I sent out to our Praise Team, to help them get used to additional features of Planning Center Online. For those of you interested, here is a little “quick-start guide” to the features of Planning Center Online that our team is using more frequently, so that you can find […]

Planning Center notes 1

NOTE: This post is from an e-mail I sent out to the people in our Worship Arts ministry, to help them be a little more familiar with Planning Center Online. PLANNING CENTER ONLINE As you all know, this is the system we use for scheduling, but it does so much more. Starting right now, I’m updating chord […]

Amazed or amused?

Words are my favorite toys. I love to play with them, to alter and rearrange them; to find creative ways to use them to produce or discover something interesting.  Sometimes it doesn’t take that much. Consider the change two little letters (or just one if you’re a bad speller) makes to a word.  Change an […]

One little change

It’s two weeks in to January, and already I imagine the gyms and fitness centers are starting to thin out from their post-holiday rush. A few million people have probably “cheated just a little” on that diet they committed to. Days of reading have been skipped, cigarettes lit “just one more time” and the morning […]

Just Right for You

God is not in the business of just generic, one-size-fits-all blessings. “It is not good for the man to be alone.  I will make a helper who is just right for him.” -Genesis 2:18 (NLT) What strikes me here is that God’s provision for Adam isn’t generic, it’s personal.  God knows his child personally and […]

Engaging the Story

New years are new chapters in the stories of our lives. For me, the dawn of a new year is always an exciting time to look back and see what’s unfolded in the year gone by, and begin to plan and think and dream about what God may have for me in the one to […]