Category Archives: God

Three Gardens

The opening scene of humanity is set in a garden..the perfect place. All is provided. Man and woman in perfect harmony. Naked and unashamed. God walking with man and woman…unhindered. Enter serpent, temptation, the desire to be like God…tranquility broken…unashamed no more. Sin had entered into the world starting in a garden and so…like allContinue Reading

The Unusual Question the Sailors Asked Jonah and What it Tells Us About God

Read these verses from Jonah 1:4-8 and see if you pick up on the unusual question they ask Jonah, Then the Lord sent a great wind on the sea, and such a violent storm arose that the ship threatened to break up. All the sailors were afraid and each cried out to his own god.Continue Reading

One Thing More Fearful Than Our Fear of Death

Genesis 3:1-7, Now the serpent was more crafty than any of the wild animals the Lord God had made. He said to the woman, “Did God really say, ‘You must not eat from any tree in the garden’?” The woman said to the serpent, “We may eat fruit from the trees in the garden, butContinue Reading

What is it We are Pursuing?

If you were to ask yourself that question what would your answer be? If your church members answered that question what would their answer be? How about church staff/elders? If a visitor walked in the doors of your church what would they, after spending some time with you, say your church is pursuing? If theyContinue Reading

Psalm 146 – A God We Can Trust

Psalm 146 1 Praise the Lord. Praise the Lord, my soul. 2 I will praise the Lord all my life; I will sing praise to my God as long as I live. 3 Do not put your trust in princes, in human beings, who cannot save. 4 When their spirit departs, they return to the ground; on that veryContinue Reading

Imitating Christ Doesn’t Mean We Do it Perfectly

One of the joys and horrors of having kids is to see them imitate you. There are times when kid’s imitation is the cutest thing ever and there are times their imitation teaches you a lot about yourself and things you need to change. I love seeing my boys play with their tools. They getContinue Reading

God is Up to Something…

and it is important that we recognize it. Once we recognize what is happening, it is important that we celebrate it. When we do that people begin to connect ministry and worship with real life. Too often worship can feel like it happens in a vaccuum, in a disconnect from the rest of our MondayContinue Reading

Psalm 1 – Why Does It Get to Go First?

How do you start a book like Psalms? Do you start it with praise or prayer? Do you shout it or whisper? Or maybe you just start it with silence. Psalm 1 A Psalm of silence 1 [be silent] Psalm 1 would go down as the shortest and easiest chapter in the Bible to memorize.Continue Reading

Logos Bible Software Offers Their Best Deal Ever – 500 Book Mega Pack for $399.95

I have always tried to make this blog a place where I can pass on quality resources for either free or at least relatively inexpensive. I ran across a really great resource for an outstanding price. Logos Bible Software has just offered the biggest discount on a product they have ever done. 96% off aContinue Reading

Best Book on Suffering I Have Read – Walking With God Through Pain and Suffering By Tim Keller

On my last trip out to Bakersfield, I read Walking With God Through Pain and Suffering by Tim Keller. There are books that touch your heart and others that shape your thoughts. This book was one of the rare ones that was able to do both at the same time. On one hand it hadContinue Reading

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