I can’t believe how fast this Advent season is going. We are already in the midst of the third week; the week of joy. This is the week of Advent when we are being called to join the Shepherds as they rejoice at the arrival of the newborn king, the long promised Messiah. If I … More Happy doesn’t cut it
I often wonder what I would do if I were Mary. Can you imagine? When she became pregnant – the expectant mother of Jesus – she was between the ages of 12-14. She was engaged to a man named Joseph. There is a strong chance she didn’t know him very well. Arranged marriages were the … More The Challenge of Faith.
We are currently in the first week of Advent. The theme of this week is hope. As I shared last week, (What is Advent anyway?) Advent is a season of waiting. We join those who waited in hope for the birth of Jesus and we are longing with hope for his second coming. Hope is … More We so quickly forget….
I recently heard a speaker talk about Advent and how it was a significant part of her family’s faith tradition. I have always tried to make Christmas more about Jesus & less about the hype, but so far I have not been successful. But Advent. I like the idea of Advent, but what is it? What … More What is Advent anyway?
Over the last several weeks I have shared about the Holy Spirit and my quest to have a greater understanding about what it is and the role it plays in our lives. I have shared ways that have worked for me to unleash more of the Holy Spirit in my life. As we empty ourselves, … More She was fast.
In last week’s post, We have to die. I shared about a way that I have found helpful to unleash more of the Holy Spirit in my life; surrendering and dying to myself. Not just in theory, but in reality – in the day to day grind. This week I want to talk about another practice … More Forge a new path.
In my last blog post, I challenged you to look at sin from a different angle. I encouraged us that instead of looking at sin as a list of “do’s and don’ts,” to look at sin as what stands in the way between us and fullness of the Holy Spirit. When I am able to … More We have to die.
I had coffee with a group of friends last week and someone mentioned my blog. She said, “I haven’t gotten a chance to read your blog yet, but I’m intrigued. I believe in Jesus and I try to follow him, but I don’t really get the Holy Spirit.” I don’t think she is alone. I … More Muscle knots.
I was asked to speak at a camp this past summer. I was given the theme and was encouraged to run with it. I had never been to this camp, so I had very little context. I was told that I would be speaking to people ages 12-100 and that many of them were long … More What is the Holy Spirit anyway?
I am a professional assumer. I’ve been at it so long and I’m so good at it, that most of the time I don’t even realize that I’m doing it. I assess people and situations. Before I ask questions, seek clarity or perspective, I decide what is true. For example, let’s say Bryan walks in … More I am a professional assumer.