“For this is how God loved the world: He gave his one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life.” – John 3:16 NLT
I love when the UPS or Fed EX trucks pulls up to my house, especially when that package turns out to be a gift. A gift means someone was thinking about me, and they cared enough to send me a gift. Because my birthday is two days before Christmas, one of my sisters sends me my birthday present in August. I love opening the gift in August, because it means she loves me and was thinking about me, not only in December, but in August too. Read more God Was Thinking About Us!
“Teach me your way, Lord, and I will walk in your truth. Give me an undivided heart, that I may fear your name. I will praise you, Lord my God, with all my heart; I will glorify your name forever.” – Psalm 86:11-12 – New International Version (NIV)
Before I became a pastor, I was a Christian Ed Director and youth leader. One Wednesday night at our youth group meeting, we had youth sharing what God was doing in their lives, and one young lady, named Brooke, read a Psalm of David, asking for help in times of trouble. But it was the verses printed above from Psalm 86, that jumped off the page when I heard them. Read more Do you have an Undivided Heart?
When we learn a new sport, it’s best to begin with the basics, the fundamentals of the game. The story is told of a young man by the name of Ivan McQuire who died at age 35. McQuire aspired to be the greatest sky diving photographer in the whole country. However, he became so excited about filming some other skydivers, that he failed to follow one of the fundamentals of sky diving. He forgot to put on his parachute before jumping out of a plane, with disastrous results. He ignored the basics. It’s important to review the basics regularly, or we can find ourselves drifting or off track, sometimes with tragic results. That is also true about living as a Christian in today’s world. It’s important to be reminded of our core beliefs, the basics of our faith in God. Read more What We Believe Matters!
“When I consider your heavens, the work of your fingers, the moon and the stars, which you have set in place, what is mankind that you are mindful of them,
human beings that you care for them?” – Psalm 8:3-4
I love to sit outside in the evening during the summer, and just take in the natural beauty that surrounds us in Wisconsin. The other night as I was admiring the full moon, I was reminded of Psalm 8:3-4. As the Psalmist looked around at creation, and sees the mightiness of God, he is astounded that God actually cares about human beings. Why should the great God of the universe care about us? And yet the Bible reveals God does! Read more God is Love