Posts from 2015 (Page 2)

Posts from 2015 (Page 2)

Dating Advice from Children

I recently got some wisdom from kids, ages 6 and 8. We were in Children’s Church and talked about being filled with the Holy Spirit, God’s love for us and their love of balloons. After we finished our little lesson, I mentioned for some reason that I was 26. They were SHOCKED! They thought that was weird. And then, the questions came rapid fire: Are you married? –No. Is…

A Little Optimism Never Hurt Anyone

Over the last couple of weeks, our worship services have been focused on the concept of encouragement. We have been considering questions, such as: how can we be a person who is constantly in the mode of encouraging others? What about being more encouraging to ourselves? In short, how can we simply be more positive? One of the phrases that I have probably repeated…

Don’t Be Afraid of Fear

Often times, fear is not something I think about, but sometimes it is a haunting presence that follows me throughout an entire day. This was my Wednesday. As I woke up to a phone call at 6:43, I was a bit in shock because I don’t typically get early morning calls like that unless there is an emergency. My alarm wasn’t even set till 7:15, so not only was I a bit freaked…

Creation Continues…

Do you have a Facebook account?  Chances are, you do – the majority of people who read our blog are referred here from Facebook links. If you’re on Facebook, you’re likely familiar with what happened to me a few days ago.  I had a couple of spare minutes, so I logged on and looked at the various things people had posted.  One of them was a link to a mildly…

Reference Point Problems

I spent a huge chunk of a workday working on an Excel spreadsheet, and not much else. I am decent with Excel, and can typically finagle my way around most spreadsheets. (I guess that college course is paying off.) This however was not the case with this particular file. It is a file that I needed to check for errors and there were plenty. Now the problem with altering…

Opposing Realities

I often tell people that one of my goals in life is to get to the place where all the furniture we buy as a family does not have to be put together.  But, for now, I still find myself, from time to time, following a set of instructions (usually in multiple languages).  I am sure that you have had similar experiences.  It is great to have a new bookcase, coffee table, or…

Anticipation Hates Reality

I find it intriguing how anticipation often leads to disappointment. We often build things up so great in our mind and then the reality can’t live up to this fantastical imagining. The best example I have of this is children looking forward to Spring Break. I saw the excitement in my nephew’s eyes as I picked him up for part of his Spring Break. I don’t know what he had…

Stupid Thing to Be Angry About

The Apostle James wrote this warning, “My dear brothers and sisters, take note of this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry.”  (James 1:19)  The Bible is clear that anger is a valid response to many circumstances in life.  Even Jesus became angry.  

Giving Up for Gains

Our church just hosted our annual youth Disciple Now weekend. D-Now is a weekend retreat spent away from home. We feed, entertain, train, teach, serve, and love on all of the youth that attend, as well as the college students that come to help lead the students through Bible Studies. Our theme for the weekend was Exchange. It focused on the idea of Gaining Through Giving…