Today, I invite you to tell yourself something very important. This could be the most profound thing you tell yourself today! It may change your life! It could alter the course of your existence! Are you ready? Here we go…repeat after me. Begin with your name: “<name>, lighten up!” I’ve been telling myself this for sometime now: “Jason, lighten up!” This week as I was reflecting on our Lenten Theme (Un-busy) I came across the following statement that really struck me: “Many of us live with the tyranny of measuring-up that keeps......
One early evening on a lonely country road, an old man was standing on a bridge, high above a deep river. He had just dropped a pebble over the railing to see how long it would take to hit the water. As he watched the ripples fanning out, along came a pickup truck. It slowly came to a stop, but the motor kept running. The old man noticed the name painted on the door: Jack’s Greenhouse Nurseries. Walking up to the window, he saw a man behind the wheel with his head......
Scripture: John 20:19-23 When it was evening on that day, the first day of the week, and the doors of the house where the disciples had met were locked for fear of the Jews, Jesus came and stood among them and said, “Peace be with you.” After he said this, he showed them his hands and his side. Then the disciples rejoiced when they saw the Lord. Jesus said to them again, “Peace be with you. As the Father has sent me, so I send you.” When he had said this, he breathed on......
This is Part 2 of a 3 Part series called Because. See Part 1: Because – Context Matters and Part 3: Because – To Love Is To Live We are going to look at the Parable of the Talents () today. But before we do, check out three important places in Hebrew scripture that set the context for the Parable of the Talents: Exodus 22:25 – If you lend money to my people, to the poor among you, you shall not deal with them as a creditor; you shall not exact interest from......