Beyond

Recently, I was asked to help build engagement around an existing Facebook page. If you don’t know, one of the first stats to look at when it comes to evaluating a Facebook page is the number of page LIKEs.  The page I was asked to contribute to had approximately 345–a very modest number.  My first goal was to reach 400 by the end of the weekend. It didn’t happen.  In fact, the page barely got to…..

Watching

It can be one of those difficult things about our faith in God. A psalmist declares, “Oh Lord, in the morning you hear my voice; in the morning I plead my case to you, and watch.” Psalm 5:3 Did you catch it?  Most of us understand the need to pray, and that we should pray to God.  A lot of us even do it in the morning to get it over with (snark).  But it’s…..

A message to American worryers

The big, scary monster that was Election 2016 is no more!  You just Amen-ed, didn’t you? This past Sunday our church observed All Saints Sunday.  One of the readings for that service was from Daniel 7, his dream of the four beasts.  Of the dream, Daniel says, “my spirit was troubled within me, and the visions of my head terrified me.”  Seeing how this was the Sunday before Election Tuesday, I noticed how easy it was for…..

Bible Study Death by Devotional

When it comes to the Bible, if there’s one thing that drives a pastor crazy it’s that many people in the church don’t make time to read, study and meditate on scripture.  If there are two things that drive this pastor crazy it’s 1) see the previous sentence and 2) many who do read the Bible are content with the sound bite versions they read. This isn’t anything new.  And many have often complained.  I, for one, have…..

Just keep listening, just keep listening

If following God seems strange to you sometimes, you’re not alone. Let’s be honest. This Jesus stuff is other worldly. But if we would learn to follow where God’s Spirit leads us, we’ll experience the joy God intends for us–no, not Matt Damon!

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Stay blessed…john