Fresh Start

I actually love the week in-between the Christmas and New Year celebrations.   The emphasis on true love–agape, sacrificial love–is the perfect backdrop for the New Year.  And the New Year doesn’t feel like starting over…it feels like a fresh start.  And it is!  The truth is every day is fresh and new. We don’tContinue reading “Fresh Start”

Fresh Look at the Past

Just like the important individuals in our lives, circumstances and traumatic events of life shape us.  What one finds traumatic, another may not; this is personal feeling and is not right or wrong.  Healing comes by placing the past in the hands of Jesus.  There are folks who do that easily–but truly letting Jesus into theContinue reading “Fresh Look at the Past”

Divinely Designed & Equipped

Individual Design Intuitively we recognize differences in people.  We see natural tendencies, areas of giftedness and weaknesses.  Education, experience and personality traits shape designs.  In the Church we speak of ‘spiritual gifts,’ understanding that Scripture is clear God gives gifts to His children.  Typically the passages of scripture discussing gifts are taught as a partial listing ofContinue reading “Divinely Designed & Equipped”

Growing Up in Christ

Growing up spiritually takes a plan.  When I accepted Christ as Lord–as opposed to receiving a ticket out of hell–I had trouble finding folks who could articulate the Way.  They told me ‘read the Bible,’ ‘do this’ and ‘do that.’  They were not wrong, but I needed more.  It is always my heart to offerContinue reading “Growing Up in Christ”

Growing Spiritual Fruit

  Character is described aptly as ‘who you are when no one is looking.’  Christianity is no a self-improvement project but we represent Christ.  In fact, we are being transformed into His image.  Knowing what HE looks like, helps us as we take responsibility for the things that are ours to do. Let’s take aContinue reading “Growing Spiritual Fruit”

Exceeding Expectations

Christmas creates more expectations than most any other time of the year.  We are tempted to cram all our hopes for mankind into our celebrations.  That sets us up for conflict and disappointment.  “Joy to the world” is what we long for…frustration and failure is often what we feel.  When Isaac Watts wrote Joy to theContinue reading “Exceeding Expectations”