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 […]

What’s So Funny?

Then the Lord said to Abraham, “Why did Sarah laugh and say, ‘Will I really have a child, now that I am old?’ Is anything too hard for the Lord? I will return to you at the appointed time next year and Sarah will have a son.” Sarah was afraid, so she lied and said, […]

Joyful Contribution.

Bury your sorrows in active service — contributing to other people’s joy.  From Streams in the Desert. Love does not envy…it rejoices with the truth. I Corinthians 13:4b, 6 (NIV) To be honest, when I’m struggling on any level, ’service to others’ isn’t a mantra that rises to the top and dominates my thoughts. When […]