November 28, 2016

You wanna hear something kinda scary? God really is trying to burst your bubble. I’m talking about that invisible barrier with which we insulate ourselves, where we allow certain people to gravitate around us and largely tolerate or ignore those outside our bubble. Today’s Americanized Church tries to get us outside our bubbles by offering us opportunities to participate in small groups with other like-minded people. Usually the goals of such groups are a sense of community, personal growth in the Word and prayerRead More

November 22, 2016

Have you ever noticed how often we use the word hope? It’s one of my favorite words and I personally use it all the time…hope you have a good day, hope you have a great time, hope you’re doing well, hope you’re feeling better, and the list goes on and on for the things I “hope”will happen. The problem with overusing a word like this is its meaning becomes diminished, underappreciated and often only understood in light of its most common use. The world defines hope as Read More

November 14, 2016

It’s inevitable. We are going to face trials. Loss of loved ones, challenging relationships with family, friends and coworkers, illness, death, chronic pain, and the list goes on and on. Brokenness, grief and suffering are part of the human experience and no matter how much we try to avoid it, sooner or later they touch us all, both Christian and non-Christian. So how are we, as God’s people, going to stand up against it? All too often we bear our difficulties just like those who have no Read More

November 7, 2016

Enough has got to be one of my least favorite words in the English language. I’m constantly hearing from our enemy: “You aren’t good enough.  You don’t love unselfishly enough. You don’t spend enough time with your husband. Or your kids. Or with the women of The Well. Or at your church. You don’t read the Bible enough. You don’t pray enough. You aren’t smart enough. You don’t have enough vision. You don’t work hard enough. You simply aren’t enough!” My weaknesses and deficiencies are constantly in the front of my mind! Am I alone in this, or do you Read More