This past week we made another trip out to WI to pack up the rest of my mom's belongings. It was hard to come to our childhood home to find nobody there. I wasn't ready for the emotions that hit me as I walked through the door. Nobody there anymore. Quiet. Life comes full circle. … Continue reading Life’s A Journey
The Church is the Body of Christ Five Minute Friday . com Prompt We can sometimes feel that we just want Jesus to return. We need him here with us. But friends, He is here with us. He is within our hearts. And each of us, as the church, are a part of Him. We … Continue reading The Church is the Body of Christ
Sin is deadly serious In the Old Testament, God set up several feasts and celebrations for the purpose of bringing the people back to the mind of God. In September, The Feast of Trumpets (now called Rosh Hashanah) is celebrated leading up to Yom Kippur ( The Day of Atonement). Just as Isaiah did in … Continue reading What God Did About Seriously Deadly Sin
Last week during one of the cold snap days, I discovered two toads floating helplessly in my little pond. I carefully stepped to the back of the pond and one by one lifted each toad out. Before taking them out I noted how effortlessly they floated in the pond. It looked rather peaceful. A big … Continue reading Cold And Slow
The use of trumpets for the Jewish faith indicates the Presence of God. Oh, how we need the presence of God.
I love concord grapes. My grandpa Syens grew them and he and grandma made juice and jelly every fall. We also got to eat off the vine. I was in high school and I still enjoyed going up there and just picking and eating right off the vine. So sweet! But an occasional tart one … Continue reading Trimming Your Vines
We live in a world of hostility, criticism, and outright bullying. Even if you are in a place where the current culture is not threatening to you, you may have other fears that push you down and keep you from achieving your goals. How can we navigate around our fears? How did we transfer fear of our circumstance over to a fear of God?
It's hard to believe, but my grandson is approaching 16 months old. I watch him toddle and run, discover, and explore. His ever-expanding mind reminds me that God created us to learn and keep learning. My kitchen reminds me as well of his interest in things. Pots and pans litter the floor. Spatulas (his favorite) … Continue reading A Year Reviewed
On a recent stroller ride, I noticed new trees sprouting up from the ground. They formed a nice row of about 5 trees. These trees were growing up where an old tree once stood. As I marveled at this resurrection God brought to mind that the old tree left its roots. As I thought about … Continue reading Our Roots
That title might sound nice, but in fact, it is not. I recently listened to a John MacArthur sermon on how "comforting gospels", "soft gospels" are deceiving. These types of gospels are being preached right now in churches across America and the globe. Their intention is to not "offend" the sinner. This gospel talks a … Continue reading A Soft Gospel