When we Confuse the Created for the Creator, we Create Corruption

Celine Dion helps us understand Romans 1:25.  “For they exchanged the truth of God for a lie, and worshipped and served the creature rather than the Creator, who is blessed forever.  Amen.” 

That’s hard for me to admit because I love her music, but “my heart will go on,” and I hope yours will too.  Continue reading When we Confuse the Created for the Creator, we Create Corruption

3 Things Every Child Needs to Hear

“Fathers, do not exasperate your children, so that they will not lose heart.”

Colossians 3:21

Many adult problems stem from unresolved childhood trauma.  When I say that, two things happen.  1) Parents rush to defend themselves: “I did the best I could!  My children never wanted for anything!  They had it so much better than other kids!”  2) Adults rush to defend their parents:  “They did the best they could!  We never wanted for anything!  We had it so much better than other kids!”  

Let’s all take a deep breath.   Continue reading 3 Things Every Child Needs to Hear

You Can’t Handle 2019

I love a new year!  It’s a time of hope, fresh starts, renewed focus and determination.  But sadly, most new year’s resolutions are rooted in self.  They’re all about how I will change my life with my new sense of self-sufficiency and inner strength.  The truth is, you can’t handle 2019.  I can’t handle 2019.  We’re too weak and needy to handle it on our own.  Continue reading You Can’t Handle 2019

Hold Life Like a Bird

Ecclesiastes frees us to hold life like a bird.  In my golf days, I was told by an instructor to, “Hold the club like a bird.  Not so loose that it flies away, but not so tight that it dies.”  If you hold a golf club too loosely, it could fly into a lake!  If you put a death-grip on it, you’ll “pull” your shots inward, way off target.  Continue reading Hold Life Like a Bird

Underdressing – This is Awkward…

Underdressing is such an awkward topic.  It makes men feel stuck and women feel picked on.  I can’t tell a woman “Your outfit is tempting me to lust.”  I’d sound like a pervert!  Then women feel picked on because underdressing sermons are mainly directed at them.  It doesn’t seem fair, does it?  Men don’t want to be so susceptible to lust and women don’t want to be held so responsible for enticing us.  We all feel the unfairness and awkwardness here, so let’s just accept it and do our best to work together to help each other out. Continue reading Underdressing – This is Awkward…

Shoveling the Wood Chips of God’s Word

Recently, after almost four months of waiting, I finally received a truckload of wood chips in my driveway for free. It felt like Christmas morning . . . until reality hit me. I had to move that gigantic pile! Quickly! With nothing but a shovel and a wheelbarrow!

The job suddenly seemed insurmountable.  Continue reading Shoveling the Wood Chips of God’s Word

Overdressing and Overimpressing

When we think of modesty, we usually think of underdressing.  We think about women wearing scantily clad outfits revealing too much skin or too much shape.  Underdressing is a problem, but the verses about modesty in Scripture are primarily about overdressing.  Dressing in fancy, over-the-top ways to impress people.  Continue reading Overdressing and Overimpressing