Treasures of Darkness.

I will give you the treasures of darkness, riches stored in secret places, so that you may know that I am the Lord, the God of Israel Who summons you by name. Isaiah 45:3 No one puts on their Christmas list: Give me darkness. I really, really desire more darkness. But, for me, spiritual maturity […]

But Mary…

But Mary treasured up all these things and pondered them in her heart. Luke 2:19 How do we find solitude in the midst of what easily becomes a hectic Christmas season? Hush frenzied thoughts? Incline hearts and minds to the voice of God?  And fight with William Wallace-worthy fervor for silent and holy moments? Consider […]

Later On: The Flip Side of Discipline.

No discipline seems pleasant at the time, but painful. Later on, however, it produces a harvest of righteousness and peace for those who have been trained by it. Hebrews 12:11 It’s that little part that reads, “Later on…” that gets me. Those two words rile my sin nature, makes me want to shake my fist, […]

Default Response: Thanksgiving.

Though the fig tree does not bud and there are no grapes on the vines, though the olive crop fails and the fields produce no food,  though there are no sheep in the pen and no cattle in the stalls, yet I will rejoice in the Lord, I will be joyful in God my Savior. […]

A Kiss is Still Sacred.

Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God—this is your true and proper worship. Romans 12:1 (NIV) So here’s what I want you to do…Take your everyday, ordinary life — your sleeping, eating, going to work, and walking […]