What do you do when your heart is full and heavy at the same time?

As this week comes to an end, my heart is both full and heavy at the same time. It is full, because I am wonderfully blessed. Time spent earlier in the day with a house full of children, their spouses, and grandchildren playing together throughout the house, and with everyone enjoying for the umpteenth time … Continue reading What do you do when your heart is full and heavy at the same time?

Where do you find yourself this morning?

Well, it is Wednesday morning. How is your week going? Very often, when Friday morning arrives, I find myself asking: Where has the time gone? Who stole Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday? If we find yourself asking questions like this on Friday mornings, perhaps it would be helpful it we prayed this prayer today (and every … Continue reading Where do you find yourself this morning?

What is the purpose of the Proverbs?

King Solomon's purpose for collecting the proverbs is stated in 1:2-4, which reads: Their purpose is to teach people wisdom and discipline, to help them understand the insights of the wise. Their purpose is to teach people to live disciplined and successful lives, to help them do what is right, just, and fair. These proverbs … Continue reading What is the purpose of the Proverbs?

What is more important than people?

My family is excited to be part of a church plant in north Edmond, Oklahoma. Although there are many challenges associated with church plants, it seems to be where I am most comfortable. That is not to say that I prefer hard metal chairs over padded pews. However, there really is nothing more exciting and … Continue reading What is more important than people?

Are you sowing to please the Holy Spirit?

A few years ago, as I was studying the Apostle Paul’s letter to the Galatians, the feeling that I was missing something just wouldn’t go away. As I recall, I was looking at Galatians 2:20 and contemplating the ideas of being crucified with Christ and living by faith. I was wondering, “How can a dead … Continue reading Are you sowing to please the Holy Spirit?

Three ways to make the most of our second chances

Today is yesterday’s second chance! I have seen this quote or something similar to it several times recently. Second chances! Oh, how we need them! Oh, how we need each and every “Today!” However, today is more than yesterday’s second chance. It does provide an to opportunity try again. This effort needs to be intentional … Continue reading Three ways to make the most of our second chances

Are you longing for a better place to live?

Many, many moons ago, I was both humbled and blessed by being present for a momentous occasion. You see, a small group of ministers was gathered at Silver Maple Camp, which is south of Kingman, Kansas, for the annual Kansas Ministry Retreat.  The day, as I recall, was much like most days at this retreat. … Continue reading Are you longing for a better place to live?