One of the most interesting moments of my trip from the California coast to Kansas City occurred during a three hour delay on highway 299 in northern California. Due to fires, the highway was only open at specific times when CalTrans and CHP would shuttle a convey through the fire lines. I had just missed … Continue reading Constellations of Flame
Most of us have, at some time, heard someone say something like, “Never pray for patience because then you’ll have it tested.” I’m not sure where that originated, but it’s a pretty stupid statement. Of course, when I hear someone say something like that I never say, “That’s stupid!” That would be very unpastoral of … Continue reading Dear Lord, give me strength…
"He killed James the brother of John with the sword..." Acts 12:2 We love the story of how God miraculously delivered Peter from the Herod's jail. Peter had been chained between two soldiers, guarded by four squads of soldiers. I have, in my bible, highlighted verse 5, "but earnest prayer for him was made to … Continue reading Are we willing to suffer for Jesus?
The Boy Scout motto is, "Be prepared!" In Colorado, particularly during the late spring and through the summer, the weather can suddenly turn. It's not uncommon to experience almost daily thunder showers which come on quickly, drench everything in sight, and move on just as fast. Autumn as a teenager was a time of sweatshirts … Continue reading Being prepared to give account for our hope
God is not just concerned with the big things. He is concerned with all things...especially the small things.
Who has first given to me, that I should repay him? Whatever is under the whole heaven is mine. -- Job 41:11 ESV God owes me! I've seldom heard someone make such a bold statement so openly, but I have heard the sentiment expressed in subtler ways all too often. Truth be told, I am guilty … Continue reading Does God owe me anything?
The summer after 8th grade my parents moved our family from the city to a house on five acres, twenty minutes away from a small mountain town with only one stop light. I was a bit bitter about leaving friends and conveniences. I didn't understand all that went into that decision but I believe it … Continue reading Life is a Battlefield