Jeremiah is one of my favorite Bible characters. He had some impressive wrestling matches with the Lord about the life mission assigned to him. His divine calling is recorded in Jeremiah 1:3: “Before I formed you in the womb I…

We are the outreach event. We all are to go where the people are and be a followers of Jesus, so others can learn how to follow Jesus. In Mark 1, we see amazing lessons from the life of Jesus….

Seasons of Growth, Part 2: Fruit Bearing

In my last post, I wrote about some basic gardening practices and used those ideas to build an analogy about spiritual growth. Just as a gardener does not plant all her seeds at once but plants different things at different…

A God Who Gives Us What We Need

A charge is often leveled against God: “He doesn’t know (or doesn’t care about) what I need.” Jesus addressed that during the Sermon on the Mount. He said to the crowd (my paraphrase of Matthew 6:28-34), “You wonder if God…

When I was a kid, I did not understand the verses which said, “Deny yourself and do no work.” What was that all about, anyhow? Work is, well, work. It would be a pleasure not to work, not self-denial. However,…