Vows to keep

I was reading about the nazirite vows.  These vows were made to set oneself apart for God.  Read about it in Numbers 6. It got me wondering about the kinds of vows we make to God and what prompts them.  When was the last time you made a vow to God?  Lent is approaching and I know you may be thinking of making a vow to not drink or eat something in particular. Although I would…..

Why husbands should make the bed

There’s a simple reason you, Mr. Husband, should be making your bed everyday. Depending on the number of throw pillows you’ve acquired, making the bed takes approximately 1.5 minutes.  Yes, I’ve timed it.  Now, I’m not suggesting a simple gesture of your willingness to pull your weight around the house.  If you want to do that, take care of the dishes or run the vacuum (without being asked!). No, I have something much more meaningful in mind……

A powerful Christmas scene

++Update: YouTube has blocked the video I used in this post due to copyright restrictions. Now, you’ll have to watch the episode!++ Tonight, our church hosted a Service of the Longest Night.  I’ve repeatedly said that I anticipate this service more than the other Christmas time services.  Yes, even candlelight worship.  Don’t get me wrong.  I love candlelight and sharing in Communion as we praise God for the gift of Jesus.  From time to time…..

Rethinking Christmas

Growing up, Christmas was my favorite holiday. Yes, that made me like every other kid.  And I should confess: It was the gifts. Now, to be sure, there were other things that made Christmas-time nice: houses covered with lights; school parties; Dickens on the Strand; and Christmas vacation. If one of those were to be left out I would feel like I was missing something, that Christmas was a bit incomplete. There are activities today…..

Tie a tie

The professionalization of ministry will blind you to the fact that what happens in this video is part of the real, every day life ministry scripture describes.  It’s about taking time to care for someone else, even if that means something as small and quick as tying someone’s tie for them.

Question: Outside of church activities and events, what does your faith in Christ compel you to do for other people?  I can’t wait to hear the ways you put your faith into action.

Stay blessed…john