Don’t Sleep Through Christmas!

Christmas is a busy time of year! In our culture, many celebrate Christ-mas–the coming of the Christ (Messiah) by filling our schedules with activities and traditions. Many of these are rich, beautiful moments and produce lasting memories. The pace and pressure, however, can be overwhelming, and it can tire us out! On Christmas morning, afterContinue reading “Don’t Sleep Through Christmas!”

Whatever You Want!

The 1980’s hit movie, The Princess Bride has made a bit of a comeback. In this movie, ‘Westley’ (the Farm Boy) loves ‘Buttercup’ (the Princess), and he shows her by doing whatever she wants, and using the key phrase, “As You Wish”. Whatever Buttercup wants, Wesley does…and it’s a great story! However, when a person–say,Continue reading “Whatever You Want!”

What is ‘Rest’?

This past Sunday here at Kalamazoo Community Church, Pastor Jeff challenged me. I’m not sure he intended to, but he did. He brought up an idea that is foreign to our culture, our way of life…and my own lifestyle. The idea: Rest. He said that the ‘Sabbath’–a day of rest…is commanded by God. It’s putContinue reading “What is ‘Rest’?”

We’ve All Got a Sickness…and There IS a Cure!

There are no shortage of disturbing things in our world today. But none are more disturbing than man’s ability to be cruel to fellow man, and the willingness of many to be vessels of evil toward others. The Las Vegas shooter killed 58 people, and injured hundreds. Chicago, Illinois has seen over 560 murders–so farContinue reading “We’ve All Got a Sickness…and There IS a Cure!”

What Are You After?

Do you know that everything you do…literally everything…has a reason behind it? Think about it: Every single thing you choose to do has a reason–a ‘Why’. Everything from eating your breakfast, brushing your teeth and getting dressed in morning (so that you can be ready to engage your day) to paying bills, putting gas inContinue reading “What Are You After?”

Eyes on the Prize

There are many things we get ‘worked up’ about in this world. Politics. Sports. Religion. Taxes. The NFL and the National Anthem. So, here’s a question for you: As a Christ follower, how do I know what I’m ‘supposed’ to get ‘worked up’ about, and what I should let go? This is a serious question,Continue reading “Eyes on the Prize”

You ARE Leaving a Legacy…You’re Living It!

Have you ever considered what kind of ‘legacy’ you’re living? I said that correctly…What ‘legacy’ are you LIVING? The reality is that most of us don’t think about the ‘legacy’ we’re leaving until we leave a job, retire, until our kids grow up and move away, or until someone dear to us dies. And becauseContinue reading “You ARE Leaving a Legacy…You’re Living It!”

Now THIS is ‘Living’!

“If anyone would come after Me, he must deny himself, take up his cross daily, and follow Me”. (Mark 8:34) Our culture is very ‘self-focused’. We are encouraged to ‘look out for #1’, to ‘get what you have coming to you’, to ‘stand up for yourself’. Our culture, our world says ‘This is ‘Living’! InContinue reading “Now THIS is ‘Living’!”

Now, Go! Now, Shine!

As I’ve written, our world is in a bit of turmoil, with no sign of it getting better. In fact, it may even get worse! So, how should we respond? Well, as I’ve written recently, the first thing to do is to go to God and submit to Him, repenting of our sins and lifestyleContinue reading “Now, Go! Now, Shine!”

The Best Response? Worship!

As I’ve written over the past several days, there are a lot of events going on right now which leave people wondering, ‘What is going on?’ We usually answer that question by pondering one of these… Are these all mere coincidences? Are they all caused by man, and therefore solved only by man? or IsContinue reading “The Best Response? Worship!”