One Foot In The Boat…One Foot On The Dock

One Foot In The Boat…One Foot On The Dock

Who are you and where are you going? Now that’s a good question to ponder every once in a while. A researcher at Columbia University reported that the average person makes 70 conscious decisions every day. 70 conscious decisions EVERY DAY. That adds up to 25,550 decisions a year. And if you live to be… Continue Reading

Becoming Something Else

Becoming Something Else

I grew up pretty fast…height-wise anyway. I passed my dad when I was just 13. He was short and stout, and I was the family “bean pole.” My parents were proud of me and helped me grow, not just physically but also emotionally, intellectually and spiritually. They did their best to provide for me what… Continue Reading

Flammable Christians

Jesus said he came to bring fire on the earth. Now, he didn’t mean a physical fire. Even prehistoric cave men had fire. But Jesus came to bring a spiritual fire to light up the world. Fire is a symbol of spiritual reality. God is often identified with fire and fire is associated with the… Continue Reading

The Christian Atheist

The Christian Atheist

Have you ever been “Wow-ed” by something? Maybe an event, an experience, or when you met a special person. Have you ever seen the northern lights? …or been to Disneyland? Ever rode a rollercoaster that goes upside down? Those are “WOW” experiences. In the spiritual sense, encountering God will WOW you. Can you imagine what… Continue Reading

Get Out of The Boat

Get Out of The Boat

Peter was a “plunger”…he’d jump into things or blurt thing out before giving it much thought. He jumped out of the boat twice, and he even cut off a soldier’s ear. Why would Jesus use Peter as a positive example for us? Jesus did point out Peter’s brash short-comings but he also pointed to his… Continue Reading

Church Is Like Baseball

Church Is Like Baseball

When Simon Peter confessed Jesus to be the promised Messiah, the Christ, son of the living God, Jesus responded by saying, “You are Peter (which means ‘rock’) and on this rock I will build my church. Jesus gave Simon a new name, but was he saying he was going to build his church on Peter,… Continue Reading

Receiving Guidance From God

Receiving Guidance From God

We know that God wants to talk to us and we have to pay attention and open our ears to Him.  “He who has ears, let him hear.” Then we have to discern if it’s really God talking to us or our own thoughts or other distractions.  Now we have to get practical and figure… Continue Reading

Discernment:  How to Recognize God’s Voice

Discernment: How to Recognize God’s Voice

Continuing this “Connecting to God” series, I raise the expectation that God created us to be in relationship with Him and He communicates with us in a variety of ways. One of our challenges is how do we sort His voice and message from all the other noises that we hear? There’s a lot of… Continue Reading

How God Talks To Us

How God Talks To Us

Message Title:  How God Talks To Us Message Series: Connecting To God We were created by God to be in relationship with Him. He knows us but He also wants us to know Him. Healthy relationships require good communication. We can talk to God with our prayers, but how does He talk to us? We’ll… Continue Reading

Vacation Bible School Sunday

Vacation Bible School Sunday

     We have had a great week at Vacation Bible School!  We learned that when life gets wild…God is good!  We followed the Israelites as they were freed from slavery, we joined them as they struggled in the wilderness, we made a connection between these Old Testament stories and the Good News that Christ died… Continue Reading