Purpose and the Apparel Industry

I was fortunate to be able to work for my brother, Jim, for a couple of years in the apparel industry. I loved working with him and to this day, find him to be one of the smartest business guys I know. He’s also just a really great brother. He was quite successful in the […]

A Shoot Sprang Forth

I was at a retreat center recently on a cold, windy drizzly day. I had a raincoat, boots and a sweater but even with all that, I still didn’t want to wander outside too much. The dark colors, broken limbs, dead leaves, gray sky and harsh wind all reminded me of the seeming death in […]

No Force Too Strong

I hope this poem is some comfort to those in the midst of difficult circumstances or pain.  Whether it’s those mourning the school shooting in south Florida earlier in February or others struggling with health or other issues. m While rescue may not come when or how we want, God’s promise to stay by our […]

Are we explorers or not?

Humans have an innate desire to explore and learn about the things that are important to us. Need to learn how to use the new Apple Watch?  Sure! Need to get your resume redone?  No problem. Need to plan a family vacation?  Absolutely. Need to learn about new players for your fantasy league?  Can do! […]

Where Peace Comes From

I don’t know about you but when I have a little extra money in the bank I experience a certain kind of feeling that is quite unique.  I feel a little lighter, a little bit freer, happier, more generous, safer, stronger, more at peace and more confident. I was thinking about this recently because I […]

Do you live a “Groundhog Day” life?

The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have life and have it abundantly. – John 10:10 ESV ~~~~~ Perhaps you remember the movie – Groundhog Day.  Each day Bill Murray wakes up and relives the same day as before.  When he first realizes that his days are repeating, he […]

When Your Heart, Your Business (or your bike) is Broken

One day a little boy excitedly hopped on his new bike to join his friends when all of a sudden the chain came off.  He tried to fix it but couldn’t.  He didn’t know that the nut holding the tire on was loose, making the chain perpetually loose. He was so desperate to ride he borrowed his […]

God Deposits in Our Hearts

Recently I endeavored to categorize all 750+ verses in the Bible pertaining to the heart.  It was rewarding to discover the dozens of rich aspects of the heart.   One such aspect of the heart is the idea of God putting deposits, plans and ideas into our hearts. First and best of all, as followers of Christ, God put a new heart in each of us at […]

A Repentant Heart

On Good Friday the Christian world celebrates the good news of not having to bear the penalty of our own sinfulness toward God.  Thankfully, we did not get what we deserved for our rebellion against God.  Christ paid the price for our sin and became sin for us, so we could be restored to relational union with […]

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Come to Jesus with a Humble Surrendered Heart

When challenges come our way, the world tells us to “be strong”, “power through it”, “only the strong survive” and “just put your mind to it”.  Sometimes we may need to hear those messages, but seldom are we advised to have a humble surrendered heart toward God. Some years ago, I tried to power through and quit […]