A God of Listening

As I write, in January 2023, I am in Al Amana Center in the Sultanate of Oman for a one-month internship. It has been overwhelming to be exploring a new culture not knowing whethermy behavior is proper twenty-four seven hours a day. I have attended many activities here andexplored the … ∞

Do all dogs go to heaven?

Over the holidays, we got our 7-month-old puppy spayed. What we thought would be a routine, normal surgical procedure went horribly wrong. The night Sadie came home, she lay in her dog bed resting, and I started bathing our 3-year-old, and the fire alarm went off in our building. Panic … ∞

A Place To Belong

For the Christian, there is a deep truth in belonging that is found in the pages of scripture. We don’t only live in a world where God has ownership over us and so dictates our every action.  That is called slavery.  God did not create in order to fill the … ∞

Christmas Reflections

I am sitting reflecting on the Christmas story today. The different people. The actors in the story of the birth of the Christ child. Their roles and reactions to what was happening in and around them that first Christmas Eve. Unfortunately, my musings leave me with more questions than answers, … ∞

The Lord is My Portion

Sometimes we forget that God is the center of all life and is present in every moment and in every day.  Sometimes we forget Him and His love for us and this “forgetfulness” reaches all the way back to the Garden of Eden in Genesis 3 when Adam and Eve … ∞

The Forgotten Trinity

The Trinity is a doctrine that is hardly being talked about, for the most part, Christians don’t really understand it, and they have little or no knowledge about it. While in reality, we have a lot of questions as regards the Trinity, but are scared of how we would be … ∞

Formed and Transformed

Our life is a lot like a dandelion. No, we’re not weeds needing to be rooted out of the lawn. Far from it. But I think that we can learn something about how God works in our lives from observing a dandelion. The first thing that stands out to me … ∞

In God Alone

My soul finds rest in God alone; my salvation comes from him. He alone is my rock and my salvation; he is my fortress; I will never be shaken. Psalm 62:1-2 I love Psalm 62. There’s something about it that puts me in my place and reminds me that I … ∞

Secure and Surrounded by God

Psalm 83 is the last of the psalms of Asaph. Many of Asaph’s psalms are laments about the condition of Israel, especially to the threats of opposing nations. Some of these laments concerned the people of God in captivity. But these laments have almost always been accompanied by hope in … ∞

Listen Well

What makes a good listener? Being a parent of elementary aged children, when I think of this question I think of how, or rather how ‘well’, my kids listen to me. It’s not always such a pretty picture. I wonder what God thinks of our listening skills when it comes … ∞

The Power of the Tongue

The Bible is filled with instruction on the use of our words.  The words we speak hold great power.  Power to loose, or to bind (Matt 16:19), the power to profess, or to profane (James 3:9-10,), the power of life and death (Prov 18:21). David cries out, “Set a guard, … ∞

Face Down in the Dirt

Recently i was listening to a Spotify playlist that was curated by the developers called “punk rock powerhouses.” It was all songs from my teens and early twenties when i wasn’t a christian, but i was seeking the truth and filling the void that only Jesus can fill with things … ∞

Bearing Fruits

It is the expectation of every farmer that his crops would bear fruit. A plant that does not bear fruit is not fit for the garden, neither is it fit for anything. In time, the farmer will run out of patience with the plant and will count it as unworthy … ∞