Victory over Death & Sin at Easter

For Christ also suffered once for sins, the righteous for the unrighteous, that he might bring us to God, being put to death in the flesh but made alive in the spirit. 1 Peter 3:18 ESV ~~~ At Easter we celebrate a great victory at a terrible cost.   The agonizing work Christ completed on […]

A Heart that Reflects the King

Nature sometimes shouts about God.   While enjoying this lake at a retreat recently, I noticed something quite simple and wonderful. When the water was calm, the surface nearly perfectly reflected the beauty of the shoreline.  If the  shoreline represents God, we want to reflect Him, just as this water reflects the trees.  When our […]

Removing the Refuse Around the Heart

If you are a gardener or someone who loves the beauty of nature in a yard, you know that weeds, dead leaves, overgrown vines and yard clippings have to be taken out. Large brown bags from home stores line our street as evidence that we have to do something with the refuse, the weeds…the junk. We […]

Give me a pure heart, oh God.

Create in me a pure heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me. – Psalm 51:10 (NIV) This plea from King David was his response after his affair with Bathsheba.   When facing his sin, he turned to God and cried out for a clean heart.  We too can follow David’s example, turn to God and seek a pure heart. […]

Motivations of the Heart

The heart is often described as the inner self but it’s also known as the center of our motivations.  In other words, whatever you do or think, the underlying motivation or intent comes from your heart, not your mind. The Bible says that the word of God can discern the thoughts and intentions (motivations) of the heart. […]

A Tender Heart Towards God

My brother Jim is a really great cook.  He’s so good he was on NBC’s cooking show Food Fighters and won against some nationally known chefs. So, I had a question for him about the heart.  I’ve been thinking about the fact that when we don’t pay attention to our hearts they sometimes become hardened and tasteless, like a hard piece […]

Guard Your Heart

“Above all else, guard your heart, for from it flow all the issues of life“. – Proverbs 4:23 Last week, we looked at the idea that our heart is the most important part of who we are and that we need to be sensitive to it and guard it.  While the world elevates and encourages us […]

Antidotes for the Monday Blues – Part 2

This is Part 2 of a blog series related to how to overcome the Monday blues…to see our work from a new perspective.   God is omni-present – that means He can be found wherever you go….office, car, errands, meetings or lunch.  God is personally inviting each of us to abide intimately with Him all the time, not […]

Antidotes to the Monday Blues – Part 1

I’m going to guess that the Monday blues have been around forever. I wonder if people in the 8th century rose from their straw mats on Mondays and dreaded the work ahead of them. Planting, hunting for food, getting firewood and fighting off wild beasts. As a modern society, however, we seem even more cynical and disinterested in work. […]

Enter in anew this day.

There’s a prayer that Mother Teresa prayed that included the beautiful line “(God) penetrate and possess my whole being so utterly, that my life may be only a radiance of Yours.” In our culture, conversation about being possessed is usually connected to gruesome movies about demons, witches or vampires. However, there is a kind of possession that […]