As we turn the corner into Spring, many of us think about planting and growing and gardens, etc. Even if it’s not your “thing,” chances are you still enjoy and appreciate seeing the signs of life sprouting from the soil. But what about your own soil? One of my favorite parables is Jesus’ description…Read more What’s growing in your life?
The folks in Hollywood might get the envelopes mixed up, but here at Seneca Creek it seems that’s not a problem. I’m talking about envelopes filled with cash. People are using the “Kickstart Generosity” envelopes to encourage their friends and neighbors to contribute to a food bank in need of supplies, to help the homeless,…Read more The envelope please…
Yesterday was Ash Wednesday, the start of Lent. Why bother? Here’s why; it’s a great way to practice dying. It’s customary to give something up for the season of Lent. For example, some give up meat, or desserts, or caffeine. Others give up social media, or television, or shopping. They idea is to use this…Read more A good time to practice dying
I get it. We’re very busy. Good intentions get squeezed out by urgent deadlines and demands. But here’s a time-tested way to push back the busy long enough to experience something profound. It’s called Lent. Lent is the season before Easter when followers of Jesus have chosen to focus on preparing their hearts, minds, and…Read more Putting the squeeze on God
It’s one of the most poignant stories in the Exodus. With chilling consequences. I’m talking about a spy story, giants, and transforming people into grasshoppers. I recently revisited the story of the twelve spies that Moses sent into the promised land. (Read the whole story in Numbers 13-14.) It takes place immediately after God…Read more Spinning the story without God can be catastrophic
Ever have that experience where you feel like you’re shouting and the other person isn’t really hearing you? Like you’re speaking different languages? It happens frequently in marriages. It even happens when one spouse tries to communicate love to the other. Because we often speak different “love languages.” This concept was developed by Gary…Read more Are you and God speaking the same language?
Good advice is often under-rated until a crisis hits. Then things like, “a penny saved is a penny earned,” and “don’t put all your eggs in one basket,” make a lot more sense. Even if you didn’t apply that advice. So here’s the question: Is Jesus a dispenser of advice? Often times he is; though…Read more Jesus was even smarter than you thought