Contributed on Mar 10, 2011
We face difficult temptations throughout our lives, but through the grace of God in Jesus Christ, we cannot only be forgiven of our past mistakes, but empowered to overcome future temptations.
A young man was sent to Spain by his company to work in a new office they were opening there. He accepted the assignment because it would enable him to earn enough money to marry his long-time girlfriend. The plan was to pool their money and, when he returned, put a down-payment on a house, and get ...read more
Contributed on Mar 17, 2011
Seeing, knowing, and experiencing the kingdom of God requires being born again through the Spirit and placing our full dependence on God for our life.
Have you thought recently about how different your life might be if you were not as independent as you are now; if you had to rely on someone else to do things for you that you normally do for yourself? When I was in fifth grade, a friend of mine had a pretty serious (if not somewhat humorous) ...read more
Contributed on Mar 24, 2011
As Jesus encounters the Samaritan woman at the well, we see clearly that Jesus cared more about the person than the cultural mores that should have prevented him from having such a conversation. We, too, should care about and seek out the "outcasts" so th
A couple of weeks ago, I got a pretty funny email from my Mom. It was crazy headlines or stories found in real newspapers. I laughed for a good 10 or 15 minutes as I made my way through all the crazy news. As we get started this morning, I want to share a few of these newspaper headlines with ...read more
Contributed on Mar 29, 2011
As we stand like Martha in the road, struggling with the messes, pain, grief, and thoughts of "if only..." Christ meets us, he weeps with us, and he shows us a new way of life and hope.
A few years ago when I was living in Washington, DC, and working part-time at a church in Alexandria, Virginia, I did a ride-along with an Alexandria police officer on an early morning shift one Saturday. Most of the morning was uneventful. We drove through the parking lots at the cheap hotels ...read more
Contributed on Apr 20, 2011
A meditation for Good Friday reflecting on the meaning of Christ's death as a sign of God's great love for all.
Could you show God's love to those whom you have rejected? What about sharing God's love with those who have rejected you? The thought seems terribly difficult, doesn't it? It's hard to wrap our heads around the idea that we could be loving to someone who is terrible to us. Yet, that is what ...read more