Shelves, Selves, and a 2020 Vision

I have a wall-to-wall bookshelf in my study, or more accurately, pieces of one. For six months I’ve waited, stalled, and “meant to get to” finishing that shelf, and last week I finally started the finishing process…and stopped again. Maybe I keep stopping because life is just so busy sometimes, but maybe it’s because of […]

Two Perspectives on Pull-ups in the Pool [An Encouraging Word]

The clock was ticking, and we weren’t getting anything done. My son Bradley loves the pool, and this particular morning I had agreed to join him in “training” together, practicing laps to help us both prepare for the triathlon he wants to do with me in the fall. There, in tepid waters of our little […]

Jesus wants to set you free from works

So then, there remains a Sabbath rest for the people of God, for whoever has entered God’s rest has also rested from his works as God did from His.  (Hebrews 4:9-10) Did God get tired and need a break after His work of creation?  Of course not.  He rested to set an example for us. […]

Jesus wants true prosperity for you

God’s Hope for Your Heart from Psalm 1 JESUS WANTS TRUE PROSPERITY FOR YOU He is like a tree planted by streams of water that yields its fruit in its season, and its leaf does not wither. In all that he does, he prospers. (Psalm 1:3) The world tells us that prosperity is about money […]

The Vine Does Not Define You

The dry, withered vine hung like tentacles from the branches of the aging pine. Once the vine had tried to seize control of the tree.  It had threatened to overtake the pine and strip it of life until only the vine remained.  Left unchecked, the vine would have grown so much that it would have […]