In the 1970 movie, Love Story, Ali MacGrawâ€™s character says the now famous line, â€œLove means never having to say youâ€™re sorry.â€ It seemed to fit in the movie (if you like that sort of thing) but frankly, it doesnâ€™t sound to me as if it was good advice. It must not have clicked with John Lennon either because he quipped, â€œLove means h...Keep Reading
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In Luke 12:22, Jesus is reminding us of our value to him, so much more than other things of creation. He provides for those other things, so why are we anxious about those things that we can’t ultimately control? Jesus concludes Luke 12 with the call, “Seek his kingdom, and these things will be added to you.” What does it mean to seek his kingdom? ...
We should spend ourselves, no matter how many years we have left, waiting purposefully for Jesus return by working for his glory. Luke 9-19 points to a number of ways we can do this. Today, we will focus on how as we wait, we should be about the business of being good stewards of what he has entrusted to us....
We should spend ourselves, no matter how many years we have left, waiting purposefully for Jesus return by working for his glory. Luke 9-19 points to a number of ways we can do this. Today, we will focus on how as we wait, we should be about the business of showing mercy toward those in need. ...
I read that if you want to count to a million without stopping it would take you 6 days, 22 hours and forty minutes. If you want to count to a billion it would take you 31 years and 252 days. A Trillion? Forget about it. 3,170 years. What does this tell me? First, who sits around thinking about this stuff? and second, Iâ€™m not even going to try to count to any...Keep Reading
Remember the Palm Pilot? Still use one? Probably not. Why? Because the palm pilot has gone the way of other first generation technology devices and disappeared into the realm of trivia questions (What is a bag phone?). But just a half dozen years ago you could have thrown a rock into a crowd of ten businessmen and hit twelve PDAâ€™s. Now just try to go and buy o...Keep Reading
Iâ€™ve not been to a high school reunion yet, but I donâ€™t really feel like I need to go to one since I can see how much my friends have changed and how messed up they are in real time on facebook everyday. Since I wasnâ€™t a believer in high school, not only do I wish that I could go back and have those years to do over again as a Christian, but I often th...Keep Reading
I once went on a week long trip to Daytona Beach with other college students during Spring Breakâ€”no, not that kind of spring break tripâ€” it was with a campus Christian group! What I didnâ€™t realize when I signed up for the week at the beach (or I blocked out of my mind) was the fact that we were going to walk up and down the beach and talk to students ...Keep Reading
One of the lessons I am trying to learn in parenting is to try and empathize more with my daughters when they are deeply distraught about something that I canâ€™t quite understand. Itâ€™s tempting for me to think when the lost blankie canâ€™t be found before bed or when the doll that they love was forgotten at a friends house that they just need to calm dow...Keep Reading
History shows us that no army will get far without supply lines that link them to more materials, ammunition, and fuel for the battle. I feel the same way if weâ€™re going on a camping tripâ€” weâ€™re only staying as long as we have good food and dry clothesâ€” after that, Iâ€™m outâ€”which means we donâ€™t typically camp! ...Keep Reading
No one has to twist our arms to speak about things that we valueâ€“â€“we easily speak of that which we love. Just ask someone why they bought the car they just bought. Or where they found a deal on something they were looking for. Or their favorite sports team....Keep Reading
Looking around at the people surrounding me singing and swaying to the worship music, I felt like a complete failure. I felt that I must be missing something because I didnâ€™t feel what they seemed to feel as people closed their eyes and raised their hands. I expected that they felt some great surge of energy or force that you are supposed to experience when you si...Keep Reading
Love has a limit, at least that is, if you are the NECCO candy company. Each year they make 8 billion of the small,chalky candy hearts to be sold on Valentineâ€™s day. Each message of love can only contain a two line, 8 character message of affection for your sweetie. Over the years the messages and length have undergone quite a changeâ€”consider the piece of...Keep Reading