February 1, 2018
In October, I invited artists in the area to an Art and Soul Challenge:
"The first question God asks of man in the Bible is found in Genesis. He asks, 'Where are you?' For this Art and Soul Challenge, I invite you to consider how you would answer this question right now, and how you could depict your answer visually. Use any medium you like, as long as your piece arrives ready for me to hang."READ MORE »
December 28, 2017
The goodbye I’m talking about isn’t one where you’ll be seeing someone again soon. This kind of goodbye means you may never hear from that person again. I’m not very good at those kinds of farewells. For one, it’s usually a sad experience. Plus, I’m concerned my words won’t accurately convey how I feel. But here I am in that spot, having to say goodbye to those of you who have been faithful readers of the Zip Line, of which this is the final one.READ MORE »
December 15, 2017
Author and pastor, John Piper, came across a Reader's Digest article about a middle-aged couple that was able to retire long before most of us could consider such a thing. Their goal was simple. Move to Florida, relax, and collect seashells. Here was his reaction to the article.READ MORE »
December 7, 2017
We focus a lot on the importance of studying the Bible. That’s a good thing for sure. But isn’t it interesting that the Bible actually talks more about another word other than studying.
“He who has ears to hear, let him hear.” (Matthew 13:9)
November 30, 2017
A lot of us like to walk alone. There are times when that’s okay. We all need some space once in a while. But ever since we were young it’s been ingrained in most of us to go it alone. We’ve been told that if a man isn’t independent he is weak.
But our God…who is a community of three…designed us to walk with some company. Jesus walked with 12. Still, we tend to ignore our Lord’s example. When we do, the results are predictable. The men who choose to ride solo are separated from the pack and become easy targets for the enemy.
November 21, 2017
The book of Acts is the sequel to the Gospel of Luke and the continuing story of what Jesus continued to do through the church by the power of the Holy Spirit. It is a remarkable story! I noticed something when I read Acts 3 the other morning.READ MORE »
November 16, 2017
Did you ever sing the song in Sunday School about the foolish man who built his house on the sand and the wise man who built his house on the rock? It’s based on Jesus' story from Matthew 7:24-27. What strikes me in that story is, even though the wise man built his house upon the rock (the firm foundation of Jesus Christ) it didn’t prevent a storm from hitting him. Storms hit all of us. But the man whose foundation was built on the rock was able to stand when the high winds kicked up.READ MORE »
November 9, 2017
Many of us are apparently searching for an answer to that question. In 2015, the word identity was Dictionary.com’s word of the year. Millions are ordering DNA profiles on themselves. Could it be there’s so much focus on this because we don’t know who we are and we want someone with credibility to tell us?READ MORE »
October 26, 2017
During a recent conversation, I was reminded of a painful mistake I’d made years ago. The thought of it saddened me and I felt regret again. I wished I could go back and change things. But since I can’t, the healthy thing would be to put it to rest, as the saying goes, “Once and for all.” That adage means to put finality to something, to end it, to put it away for all time, beyond a shadow of a doubt.
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October 20, 2017
A while ago, I met a young lady who came to the office to talk to a pastor about baptism and communion. She was very anxious and said that she needed to get baptized ASAP and needed the Holy Spirit’s presence in her life. The first thing I did was tell her that she was precious to God and that He didn’t want her to be anxious. We prayed together and as we were talking, I realized that her understanding of God came a variety of religious viewpoints. She thought that in order to receive His love she needed to do something. I told her that God loved her right now.READ MORE »
October 19, 2017
A recent issue with someone has made me try to evaluate how some hurt feelings cropped up in our relationship. One of the things the Lord confronted me with is my expectations. I have a certain way I expect to be treated, a certain expectation for how another should respond when I do them a favor or give them something. I expect a thank you, I expect another to speak pleasantly back to me when spoken to, I expect to be respected. When those things don’t happen, I get upset at times and tend to judge the other as someone who doesn’t do things the right way…or more accurately doesn’t do things the way I would do things.READ MORE »
October 12, 2017
It’s not easy to be generous when your bottom line has hit rock bottom. My first three jobs after graduating from college didn’t include health insurance benefits. So, when my wife Lin had two children delivered by caesarean section in the first three years of our marriage, we were stuck with some big debt. When all the bills were paid, the checkbook balance showed 11 bucks. That had to last us for the next two weeks. The tempting thought was, it’s foolish to keep tithing. What if the car breaks down or the kids get sick? Still the Lord kept after me not to be swayed by the checkbook balance, but to trust Him and continue giving.READ MORE »
October 5, 2017
I’ve enjoyed sports since I was a boy. But, it’s had too much of an effect on my emotions. Why did I care if a bunch of guys who don’t know me lost a game that really provided no possible benefit to my life? But, I did care. If my favorite team lost, I’d be upset for hours. Still, hoping for my team's success, I listened to games on the radio and watched on TV. I spent time collecting sports cards and reading sports articles. I played college soccer and still play. I coached my kids. I even turned it into a career as a TV sportscaster. Sports has been a dominating factor in my life.READ MORE »
September 28, 2017
You may not realize it or even think about it, but every time you are with someone you are influencing them in some way.
“It makes such a huge difference when you recognize your mood, your attitude and your emotion is contagious…every time you are meeting (someone) you’re not just exchanging information, you’re literally influencing their mood, their attitude and their emotion and they’re going to come away from you feeling a little bit better about themselves or a little bit depleted.” (Steve Gutzler, President, Leadership Quest)
September 27, 2017
Our community group recently gathered to share a meal and talk about God and our journeys with Him in this thing called “life.” Our leader had us break up into groups of two-three, and passed out cards containing a portion of a picture. We were to describe what we thought we had on our piece. Hopefully, in the end, we would be able to figure out the whole picture. As God would have it, I had a pretty big chunk of a picture on my card so I figured I knew the whole picture. It was interesting to see how everyone’s piece fit into the whole. The exercise was a visual illustration of the community of Christ and how we have a clearer picture of who God is when we are together. We might think we have the whole picture of who God is in Christ, but chances are we do not.
September 21, 2017
You might jokingly say it’s your boss or your spouse, but realistically most of us would probably say we are the ones who ultimately decide what we will do and when we will do it. We like to be in charge. But Jesus challenges us to reconsider that. If we are truly going to follow Him, we have to be willing to let our Lord make some schedule changes.READ MORE »