The Rest of the Story


  Mark 16:1-8 Growing up I was blessed as many people were with Paul Harvey's "The Rest of the Story".  We enjoyed the way he put a story together to draw you in, and then when you were hooked he could reveal some great treasure, in the rest of the story. The book of Mark, … Continue reading The Rest of the Story

Jesus Welcomed the Outsiders


Jesus was born to show that God is open to accepting the outsiders in our world. He was born an outsider of sorts, in his time. His mother was impregnated by the Holy Spirit, and so no one in society would have seen this family as normal. In fact, we are told, in Matthew 1:18-25, … Continue reading Jesus Welcomed the Outsiders

Good News in Tough Times


Isaiah 61:1-3 This passage in Isaiah was a passage of hope to the Jewish people, who had been looking forward to hope, help, and restoration for over 700 years. Shortly after Isaiah’s time the Glory of God left the temple in Jerusalem, and the capital city fell under the rule of foreigners. Although, the temple … Continue reading Good News in Tough Times

Courage in the Lord


Joshua 1:9 New Living Translation (NLT) 9 This is my command—be strong and courageous! Do not be afraid or discouraged. For the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.” What is courage? I asked some young people recently if courage simply means that we jump into a situation with both feet? Is courage … Continue reading Courage in the Lord

Using Gifts in Spiritual Mauturity


Genesis 37 Joseph, the Dreamer is growing up the favored son of his father Jacob.  Then in his youth, he begins to become gifted in dreams and interpretation.  However, this great gift of God isn't used in the best way when he first starts using it.  He tells his family, it seems boldly, about all … Continue reading Using Gifts in Spiritual Mauturity

Discipline & Training on the Spiritual Journey


  1 Corinthians 9:24-27 If you are like me, and many people I know then exercise and the disciple of healthy living is a bit of a battle. I start out on a diet and exercise program with every good intention. Soon it becomes drudgery, and then I find myself sitting with a bowl of … Continue reading Discipline & Training on the Spiritual Journey

Given Grace to Share


This time of the year, as we approach Ash Wednesday and the beginning of Lent many people take special time to contemplate their lives and souls.  In such contemplation, we often see that in many ways we often fall short of the holiness of God. After David was confronted by his sin he went to … Continue reading Given Grace to Share