Sunday, Day of Joy

Sunday, happens between Black Friday and Cyber Monday. The people of God gather in glorious praise from generation to generation to worship the Lord with thanksgiving and praise. This is a day of eternal priceless joy. The “joy of the Lord” is our strength and the Gospel is “good news of great joy.” (See Nehemiah…Read more Sunday, Day of Joy

Joseph: A Righteous Man

Joseph's character, faith, and God's choice of him to be the husband of Mary and a father to His Son, Jesus captivates me. Meditating on the few verses in the Bible about Joseph, I have grown to deeply appreciate his story. Joseph was a man of honor. Matthew's gospel describes him as a "righteous man."…Read more Joseph: A Righteous Man

It’s Still the Season for Giving Thanks

Of course, I know it’s Advent. Monday through Friday Becky and I are sharing Daily Prayer Updates about the anticipation and hopes of Christ’s birth. Yet, the words of Mary are in my heart today. “Oh, how my soul praises the Lord. How my spirit rejoices in God my Savior!” Luke 1:46-47 Joy expresses gratitude.…Read more It’s Still the Season for Giving Thanks

Advent: Learning from our Crockpot

When Becky sears a roast on a Saturday night to go into the crockpot, I think, I preach shorter messages.  She prepares a meal that cooks slowly all night long.  When our family gets up Sunday morning, everyone talks about how good it smells and we can hardly wait to get home to eat.  I've…Read more Advent: Learning from our Crockpot

Advent Fasting Reveals Emotional Hunger

"Yet it was our weaknesses he carried; it was our sorrows that weighed him down. And we thought his troubles were a punishment from God, a punishment for his own sins! But he was pierced for our rebellion, crushed for our sins. He was beaten so we could be whole. He was whipped so we…Read more Advent Fasting Reveals Emotional Hunger