God Means Life to Be So Very, Very Simple!

As I have said/written thousands of times, God means life to be so very simple. We are the ones who complicate it. Like a closet or basement, we accumulate “junk” that we don’t use but that crowds out useful living space. Rather than periodically go through our closets and throw out—or better yet, donate—what we don’t use we accumulate stuff. Well, that’s exactly what we do in our minds. What should be so simple we complicate. Continue reading “God Means Life to Be So Very, Very Simple!”

Let Jesus In!

I learned this week that it’s not enough to believe in Jesus and follow his command to LOVE. You have to actively let Jesus into your life. He’s always a heartbeat away but you have to bring him into your heart. No religious mumbo-jumbo; just practical advice on how to live life to the fullest and conquer any obstacles. Continue reading “Let Jesus In!”

Are You Taking the Nails Out of the Cross or Hammering Them Back In?

You and I put Jesus on the cross. We had a hand in each nail strike. That’s because Jesus hung on that bloody cross to save us. Every day we are either taking the nails out to get Jesus off our personal cross or hammering them back in. This week I did some hammering as I let the noise of the world overwhelm me. Continue reading “Are You Taking the Nails Out of the Cross or Hammering Them Back In?”

Today Is Like No Other—Don’t Let It Pass You By!

This is the day that the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it (Psalm 118:24)!!! I added the three exclamation points for emphasis because “this is the day that the Lord has made” and don’t let it pass you by without thanking him. We spend so much of our lives living in a combination of the past and the future that we forget about today. Regardless of your struggles today, today is a day like no other past or present. It is today and a God-made, unique, and special day. Give it and him some glory today. Continue reading “Today Is Like No Other—Don’t Let It Pass You By!”

Did You Know It Was Jesus?

The two disciples were so engaged in conversation that they failed to recognize Jesus—exactly who they were talking about on their walk to Emmaus! It wasn’t until they slowed down to eat that they saw it was Jesus, and only then when he went through the act of breaking and blessing the bread. How many times did you walk with or by Jesus yesterday and not know it was him? Continue reading “Did You Know It Was Jesus?”

Passing Over into Easter

We’re all connected, sisters and brothers under God. At sundown today, Passover begins and leads into Easter next Sunday. The Jewish people commemorate fleeing from Egypt and, right before his death, Jesus did the same by celebrating the Passover meal with his disciples. The escape from the captivity of physical slavery and the escape from our sins with Jesus’ sacrifice of his life are both connected. As are we!    Continue reading “Passing Over into Easter”

If You Don’t Think Prayer Works You’re Not Praying!!!

It’s that simple. Prayer works. If you don’t believe that, start praying. If you say, “I do, and all the time, but God doesn’t answer my prayers!”, here are a few thoughts to help. Continue reading “If You Don’t Think Prayer Works You’re Not Praying!!!”

Who’s More or Less Important Than You?

Is Warren Buffet more important than you? Is the homeless person you passed on the sidewalk less important than you? If the criteria for “importance” is money, status, etc., the instinctive answers may be “yes” to both questions. For God the answers to both are an emphatic “no.”

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Is the Lord Among Us or Not?

“What kind of question is that? It’s the question (Exodus 17:7) that the Israelites asked all the time as they wandered the desert for 40 years. It’s the question buried in the devil’s temptation of Jesus in his desert of 40 days. It’s the question that we ask as we wander the deserts in our own lives. There’s a consistent theme at play here—wandering and questioning. As long as we wander our deserts we will ask the same question—Is God really with us, if he’s real at all?—or simply stop asking because God is nothing to us.  Continue reading “Is the Lord Among Us or Not?”

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