Faster, Higher, Stronger: The Winter Olympics Are Here!

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If you are a sports junkie like I am, this is one of the greatest times of the year.

For the next month my family will all be fully immersed in the quadrennial ritual known as the Winter Olympics. I absolutely love it, and it is a firm rule in my house that if the TV is on, we are watching Olympic events of some kind. It is one of the few times of the year that the kids are actually expected to watch too much TV, and are not allowed to go to bed before 11:00. I have anxiously looked forward to every Olympic year since I was a kid, and I know many of us have that same story. But what is it about the Olympics that draws us in? Continue reading

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A Miracle of Snow: How God is at Work When We Don’t See It

20171208_070248.jpg“As we find ourselves in difficult or even impossible situations, let us recall the fact that the God who loves us and cares for us will give us what we need, when we need it, in His timing. If He promises to care for us, He may well carry out that provision in the most unusual of places in the most miraculous of ways…..”

I am excited to join Her View From Home as a contributor, and I hope you will click the link below and read the whole article on their website!  It is a story of  faith when faith is hard to find…

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Our Manipulated Society and the Two Minutes Hate

“For God has not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind” – II Timothy 1:7 

If you believe all you see on social media or cable news, you may be under the impression that the world is on the verge of implosion.  That we have finally tipped the balance where climate change, politics and the Illuminati will finally destroy society once and for all as we spiral into anarchy and oblivion of our own making.
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Reflections on Bethlehem (Part 2, Church of the Nativity)

 

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An older image of the church interior

The most fascinating place in Bethlehem has to be the church of the Nativity.  The church is built atop the cave which is believed to be where Mary and Joseph ended up when there was no room in the inn, and where Jesus the Messiah was born all those years ago. The history of that is pretty solid – the site was attested to in writing by the mid-100’s, and has never truly been contested. Continue reading

Reflections on Bethlehem (Part 1)

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Manger Square, Bethlehem

Every December our thoughts turn to Bethlehem. But what was Bethlehem really like? What is it like today?  Sometimes I imagine there is a light dusting of new fallen snow, sometimes it is rough-hewn desert, with only the occasional palm tree to be found.

I have been to this Bethlehem many times in my imagination, but was fortunate enough to actually go to the city of Bethlehem last year.  I looked upon the place Jesus was born, and the hallowed spot where history was forever altered so many centuries ago. Continue reading

Why Drop the Blanket Matters…

wp-1481323094268.jpgA couple years have passed since I wrote about the moment Linus drops his blanket, and since then we have all lived through moments of fear and insecurity. As we wrap up another year and prepare for a new one we have to ask whether we are still holding on to those false securities and fears, or have we learned to drop the blanket and trust in the angelic message to “Fear Not!”?

What is your story? What is your blanket?  Continue reading

Turn Your Ministry Upside Down: The Poignant Lesson of John 6

Bible_JohnJohn chapter 6 is among the most amazing chapters of the Bible.

Church leaders these days invest a lot of time and effort researching methods to attract as many people as possible to church. Which is not in itself a bad thing – we should want new people at church. In an effort to evangelize our neighborhoods, we research and plan and act according to the latest statistics, research models and advice of popular Christian leaders. But is that the leadership Jesus modeled? Continue reading