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Vantity!

“Vanity of vanities,” says the Preacher; “Vanity of vanities, all is vanity.” (Ecclesiastes 1:2, NKJV) 527 years ago, on February 7, 1497, a Dominican priest in Florence, Italy preached his listeners into a frenzy. Sharing a message of holiness, the crowds brought anything and everything they thought might tempt them to sin: playing cards, books, […]

The Gap

“I searched for a man among them who would build up the wall and stand in the gap before Me for the land, so that I would not destroy it; but I found no one.” (Ezekiel 22:30) This verse is illustrative of a challenge seen in the church today. There’s an all-out assault on masculinity […]

Being Available to Hear God

“I do not call you servants anymore, because a servant doesn’t know what his master is doing. I have called you friends, because I have made known to you everything I have heard from my Father.” (John 15:15) When I think of God communicating with us, I think of this verse. One of the keys […]

God’s Voice: Spiritual Gifts

“For you can all prophesy… so that everyone may be instructed and encouraged.” (1 Corinthians 14:31) In this blog and my latest sermon series, we’ve been discussing ways God communicates with us. He reveals himself through his creation, through his word, through our experiences, and through both supernatural and natural means. But you might be […]

God’s Voice: The Natural

“In the last days, God says, I will pour out my Spirit on all people. Your sons and daughters will prophesy, your young men will see visions, your old men will dream dreams. Even on my servants, both men and women, I will pour out my Spirit in those days…” (Acts 2:17–18) My father was […]

God’s Supernatural Voice

“Let us walk with decency, as in the daytime: not in carousing and drunkenness; not in sexual impurity and promiscuity; not in quarreling and jealousy. But put on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make no provision for the flesh to gratify its desires.” (Romans 13:13–14) Monica loved her son and prayed every day for his […]

God’s Voice in Experience

“For God does speak—now one way, now another— though man may not perceive it.” (Job 33:14) I shared my testimony last week about the church I grew up in and how, after reading the Bible, I was excited to do the “stuff” that the Bible characters did. One of the warnings an older, well-meaning Christian […]

Vox Dei

“Then he said, “Go out and stand on the mountain in the Lord’s presence.” At that moment, the Lord passed by. A great and mighty wind was tearing at the mountains and was shattering cliffs before the Lord, but the Lord was not in the wind. After the wind there was an earthquake, but the […]

Seek and Share

“After Jesus was born in Bethlehem in Judea, during the time of King Herod, Magi from the east came to Jerusalem and asked, “Where is the one who has been born king of the Jews? We saw his star in the east and have come to worship him.”” (Matthew 2:1–2) Years ago, when my kids […]

Waiting for Christmas

“Now there was a man in Jerusalem called Simeon, who was righteous and devout. He was waiting for the consolation of Israel, and the Holy Spirit was upon him.” (Luke 2:25) I’m not a philosopher, so not sure why, but waiting seems easier for people now than it used to be. The average age of […]

Believe this Christmas

“But they had no children because Elizabeth could not conceive, and both of them were well along in years.” (Luke 1:7, CSB) When Chris and I started a family, Christmas became very important to us. We love tradition and seeing our kids learn to love those same traditions. Now we’re empty nesters and sometimes the […]

Present in Bethlehem

This Sunday begins Advent. That word, advent word comes from the Latin verb “to come.” It’s church shorthand for Adventus Domini…the coming of the Lord. As a kid, I thought it was the name of a Christmas countdown calendar that had chocolate hidden in little secret doors. But, it IS a type of countdown. In […]

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