The Best Summer Ever

There’s pressure to enjoy summer.  Right?  I’m from the Midwest.  It’s almost a panic.  “Go out there. Have fun. Winter’s coming to kill us.  Go!  Get skin cancer now!”  Cause there’s an expectation of fun during summer.  Jim Gaffigan (comedian) 

No Plan B

(Originally posted 8-9-18)

From this time many of his disciples turned back and no longer followed him.  “You do not want to leave too, do you?” Jesus asked the Twelve. Simon Peter answered him, “Lord, to whom shall we go?

An Unsafe Faith

I have worked much harder, been in prison more frequently, been flogged more severely, and been exposed to death again and again.  Five times I received from the Jews the forty lashes minus one.  Three times I was beaten with

Ready To Jump (The Jesus Dare series) 

“Stating it as plainly as possible, God chooses to touch the hearts and minds of individuals at exactly the right time for each person. You may be surprised to hear that when the time is right, you won’t insist upon

Sharing The Dare (The Jesus Dare series) 

“I’m delighted to report that authentic followers of Christ have answers. They have something unchangeable and eternal to believe in. Jesus is a rock, and unwavering firm foundation. The Bible has stood the test of time.” (The Jesus Dare pg…

Asking Big Questions (The Jesus Dare series) 

I gotta admit, I’m pretty excited about the next few weeks and it’s been hard to keep things under wraps this long.  I’m not good at keeping secrets and ruining surprises!  A couple months ago, the opportunity came to partner…

He Is Not Here, He Has Risen!

He is not here; he has risen, just as he said. Come and see the place where he lay.  Matthew 28:6 

As I write this blog leading up to Easter, I am convicted to ask ourselves a question.  The question…

Guided By Patience (The Fruit Series)

Patience.  Arrggh.  This one’s a toughie.  Get this:  in some versions of the Bible, the actual word for patience in the listing of the fruit of the Spirit is translated as long-suffering.  That to me is an accurate and…

Filled With Peace (The Fruit Series)

If you’ve read much of the Bible, you know the concept of peace is often cited; certainly through the Gospels with Jesus but also in many other contexts.  It can be a very broad term in which a discussion can…

Defined By Joy (The Fruit Series)

I've got the joy, joy, joy, joy, 
Down in my heart, 
Down in my heart to stay. 

You’ll have to forgive me as this old children’s melody (I’ve Got The Joy) seems to pop into my head as I consider…

Compelled By Love (The Fruit Series)

I realize that in starting a series on the fruit of the Spirit, some of these topics can appear pretty broad and nebulous in scope.  Case in point, our first topic today:  love.  There will be times in this series…

The Fruit - An Introduction 

The longer I do a weekly blog, the more I’m aware there’s so much out there I’d like to write about.  Ideas seem to foster more ideas.  But there’s only so much time and so many hours within a day…