God of Order and Joy

Gensis 1:3-5 (NIV): “And God said, ‘Let there be light,’ and there was light. God saw that the light was good. And he separated the light from the darkness. God called the light ‘Day’, and the darkness he called ‘Night’. And there was evening, and there was morning—the first day.” Leviticus: 23:1-2 (NLT): “The Lord said to Moses, ‘Give the …

Are you frustrated?

Philippians 4:6-7 Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Proverbs 3:5-6 Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; 6in …

Lent: The Uncomfortable Questions of Good Friday

Luke 22:24-30 “Who is the greatest?” I have spent hours sitting around with friends arguing over who is the greatest quarter back: Brett Favre or Aaron Rogers. (Can take the boy out of WI but can’t take the WI out of the boy!) I have spent days debating what is the greatest jazz album of all time. Recently the conversation …

Lent-An Invitation

I want to get a tattoo similar to Jon Foreman’s album cover for his EP, Winter. A leafless, cold, lifeless and lonely tree in middle of a long December. My wife, Dawn, says it’s too depressing and why would I ever want to do that? Especially since I am an eternal optimist who doesn’t just see the glass half full …

Looking for God in all the wrong places…

Jeremiah 29:13: “If you look for me wholeheartedly, you will find me.” (NLT) Deuteronomy 4:29: “But if from there you seek the LORD your God, you will find him if you seek him with all your heart and with all your soul.” (NIV) It seems it’s our natural state to feel like something’s not quite right. Like we’re looking for …

Advent 4: Peace

The Angels Candle: Peace Advent Reading: Luke 2:13-14 And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying, “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace among those with whom he is pleased!” … I don’t know if it’s some weird boyish fascination, but I love throwing sticks and logs into …

Advent 2: Finding Provision

Advent Week 2 Bethlehem Candle: Provision Advent Reading: Luke 2:4-8 And Joseph also went up from Galilee, from the town of Nazareth, to Judea, to the city of David, which is called Bethlehem, because he was of the house and lineage of David, to be registered with Mary, his betrothed, who was with child. And while they were there, the …

Advent 3: Joy

Advent Week 3 The Shepherd Candle: Joy Advent Reading: Luke 2:8-12 And in the same region there were shepherds out in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night. And an angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were filled with great fear. And the angel said to …

Advent: Finding Christmas

Last week I was watching the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade and saw the Pentatonics sing Where Are You Christmas. First, they are amazing. (Even if the parade is all lip synching, they are still amazing.) Second, it got me thinking. Where are you Christmas Why can’t I find you Why have you gone away Where is the laughter You used …

Holy Saturday (The In-between)

The space in-between is a painful space. The not-yet. Incomplete. Confusing. Unknown. Unfulfilled. It’s the point where you lose hope the longer you stay. Holy Saturday is the in-between. Jesus was crucified and buried. For all his followers knew, that was the end. They had lost all hope that he was the true messiah as he promised. Confused, sceptic, disappointed …