Face it. Thanksgiving is the middle child of the holiday season. People make a great fuss about Halloween. Of course they do; it’s the holiday first-born. First-borns make us “parents for the first time.” Duh! Your other children wonder why you don’t affirm that obvious piece of information about them. After all, they made you parents for the second and fifth time. Likewise, Halloween inaugurates the holiday season, and its popularity seems to have grown over…..
I guess you could call me a disciple of RVL. I’ve made use all of his That the World May Know studies either in church or for personal study. Multiple times, too. His approach to reading scripture, which I know is not unique to him, changed completely both the way I read the Bible and the love I have for God’s word. This weekend, Gloria and are attending a seminar he is hosting. This will…..
Most of what we argue about is more important to us than it is to God. Not that there aren’t issues that might be important to the Lord. I just don’t think we’ve figured most of those out. Let’s be honest, how much of what we argue about is more important to us than God? Sometimes we don’t even know when the original argument ended. Hatfield vs. McCoy. We’re just used to being against each…..
This weekend we had our youth group over at our house. We did all the things we would normally do at youth group. Silly game. Snacks. Coffee, too. Prayer and Bible study. Right before our Bible study and prayer, I put a gift bag on the table where we were all gathered. It was a red, shiny Christmas bag Santa brought Nathan last year. I told the group that everyone was responsible for giving everyone…..
This song was offered at the conclusion of my sermon this weekend. We had spoken about the prodigal son and his brother. More or less, the message was that some people don’t want to accept you because they remember what you used to be. God still calls you beloved, even though others don’t! Oh, and the short one on the left is Ashlei! Stay blessed…john