Finding Music in the Messiness of Life

“[God] gives songs in the night…” (Job 35:10). Life sometimes gets tough. It gets tiring. Burdensome. We don’t have enough hands to get things done… and even people can, at times, be a handful. Sometimes… life gets tough. Even messy. It’s easy to complain, “God, I didn’t ask for this! And where are YOU, anyway, […]

Pursuing Joy…

This is the most consistent pain I have ever experienced. Two months ago, I tripped and fell on our hard, tiled kitchen floor… courtesy of our beloved cat, Tobie – a big, 16-pound yellow tabby – who was hoping to get fed. At the time, I had a box of leftover pizza in my hand […]

You Don’t Reap What You Don’t Sow

“Those too lazy to plow in the right season will have no food at the harvest” (Proverbs 20:4, NLT). As a young boy, I was taught the concept/law of sowing and reaping from the Apostle Paul’s letter to the Church at Galatia (chapter 6), but like most people do I focused only on the “what” […]

My Mess, His Miracle

Title: “My Mess, His Miracle”Text: Proverbs 14:4 “Without oxen a stable stays clean, but you need a strong ox for a large harvest.” When I was a young boy, like many little boys, I liked my sandwiches “neat and trim”… “No edges, please.” And the sandwich had to be cut in half… DIAGONALLY. None of […]

Lock It Down!

Title: “Lock It Down!”Text:  Proverbs 4:23 “Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it.” Some years ago, one of the great, gigantic Sequoias in Central California topped to the earth.  Several centuries old, it was unknown at first as to why this massive giant would randomly fall – there were […]

And the Correct Answer Is…!

Title: “And the Correct Answer Is…!”Text: Mark 8:29 “And He asked them, ‘But who do you say that I am?’  Peter answered Him, ‘You are the Christ.’” (Mk. 8:29) “Simon Peter replied, ‘You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.’  And Jesus answered Him, ‘Blessed are you, Simon Bar-Jonah!  For flesh and blood […]

Beware the Kingdom of Leaven

Title: “Beware the Kingdom of Leaven”Text: Mark 8:11-21 “And [Jesus] cautioned [the disciples], saying, ‘Watch out; beware of the leaven of the Pharisees and the leaven of Herod” (Mk. 8:15). Enter the Pharisees.  Again. These guys don’t quit, do they?  They were so jealous of Jesus and so full of themselves, they seemed to find […]

Your Problem is Not Your PROBLEM

Title: “Your Problem is Not Your PROBLEM” Text: Mark 8:1-9 “And His disciples replied to Him, ‘Where will anyone be able to find enough bread here in this desolate place to satisfy these people?’. . . And taking the seven loaves, He gave thanks and broke them, and started giving them to His disciples to […]

Great Expectations

Title: “Great Expectations”Text: Mark 7:24-30 “And [Jesus] said to her, ‘Because of this answer, go; the demon has gone out of your daughter’” (Mk. 7:29, NIV) “Then Jesus said to her, ‘O woman, your faith is great; it shall be done for you as you wish.’  And her daughter was healed at once” (Matthew 15:28, […]

The HEART of the Matter

Title: “The HEART of the Matter” Text: Mark 7:14-23 “Do you not see that whatever goes into a person from outside cannot defile him, since it enters not his heart but his stomach, and is expelled?… What comes out of a person is what defiles him.  For from within, out of the heart of man, […]