Some of the most profoundly peaceful moments of my life have been in the stillness of the night gazing up at the stars. Looking endlessly towards giant balls of gas billions of miles away can bring about feelings of wonder, awe, and humility. When star-gazing, I sometimes find myself getting lost in the beauty and magnitude of the sky. I stare in amazement of how much is beyond the small patch of earth upon which I stand. I feel both the significance and insignificance of my existence summarized so well in Psalm......
At times, life can seem full of wrongs. People say the wrong thing or act the wrong way. Sometimes we put our trust in the wrong person or end up supporting the wrong position. Good friends sometimes get the wrong idea or pick the wrong side. Employers often discover that they chose the wrong candidate for a job or sent the wrong message to their customers. Even in the most basic areas of life, we sometimes make the wrong choice or take the wrong path. But in the midst of things gone......
When did Jesus become more than a name to you? When we first learn about Jesus, we read stories, we sing songs, we listen to sermons (maybe podcasts, too, nowadays), and we may act out skits. Learning about Jesus, knowing his parables and stories is one thing. But actually grasping the significance of the man behind the stories is another thing. We might know the name, but being awakened to the life, death and resurrection of the person is a much deeper knowing. Through the Easter story, Jesus fully becomes Christ. Because of Easter,......
This Sunday, we will go to a wedding. Well, not exactly, but we will look at the story of the Wedding at Cana at which Jesus turns water into wine. It’s a great story, as all the wedding stories in the Bible are pretty incredible (see Jacob’s marriage in Genesis 29 where he ends up with Leah instead of Rachel; see Samson’s marriage where his best man ends up with his wife on his wedding night – both of these are pretty crazy wedding stories!) One of the main themes within the......
Have you ever noticed how people change? Some change for the better as they grow, mature, and learn from practically everything that life throws at them. Others withdraw and harden their hearts in opposition to the pain and fear within themselves and the world around them.The truth is we probably all change in different ways at different times…sometimes for the better and sometimes not. And, in my experience, other people rarely notice those changes right away. Our view of one another is like a picture, a snapshot of a fixed moment in......