Life in the Midst of Death

    This year I planted a container/palette garden for the first time. It’s been fun to see what grows and what doesn’t, and to make plans for what I might try next year. Though it is now technically fall, temperatures have stubbornly remained in the low 90’s, refusing to give way to cooler autumn […]

Over and Next

  Not that I have already obtained all this, or have already arrived at my goal, but I press on to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of me. Brothers and sisters, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is […]

Time for the Weed-Wacker

“Though seeing, they do not see; though hearing, they do not hear or understand.  —Matthew 13:13b   It’s amazing how quickly a building begins to fall apart when it’s been neglected. It doesn’t take long at all for ceilings to crack, walls to crumble, and weeds to overtake the structure. Even if a building hasn’t decayed […]

A Dwelling for His Name

And rejoice before the Lord your God at the place he will choose as a dwelling for his Name—you, your sons and daughters, your male and female servants, the Levites in your towns, and the foreigners, the fatherless and the widows living among you. -–Deuteronomy 16:11  I recently began the process of purchasing a home. If you’ve ever been through that […]

Where Is My Guest Room?

  On the first day of the Festival of Unleavened Bread, when it was customary to sacrifice the Passover lamb, Jesus’ disciples asked him, “Where do you want us to go and make preparations for you to eat the Passover?”So he sent two of his disciples, telling them, “Go into the city, and a man […]

When Doors Won’t Open

The way of fools seems right to them, but the wise listen to advice.  –Proverbs 12:15 Ever have one of those I-hope-no-one-actually-saw-me-do-that kind of moments?  Let’s say, for example, you are trying to leave a store and no matter how hard you push, the door won’t open. You push and push with all your might and […]

Hide-and-Seek

Then the man and his wife heard the sound of the Lord God as he was walking in the garden in the cool of the day, and they hid from the Lord God among the trees of the garden. But the Lord God called to the man, “Where are you?”  –Genesis 3:8,9   If you have a dog or cat, you probably have, […]

Getting Tuned In

If we had forgotten the name of our God     or spread out our hands to a foreign god, would not God have discovered it,     since he knows the secrets of the heart?  –Psalm 44:20-22  But the Lord said to Samuel, “Do not consider his appearance or his height, for I have rejected him. The Lord does not look at the things […]

Love Never Fails

Love never fails.  –1 Corinthians 13:8a Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love.              –1 John 4:8, 16 I feel this week’s blog post should come with a warning: The following post contains math.  So for those that hate math, you’ve been warned!  However, it’s very […]