Read Ephesians 4:17-5:2 Sin corrupts our natural hungers for pleasure, joy, and beauty. Regeneration of heart and mind through Christ will restore your will and emotions, if you let Him. Remember in the beginning? God created everything that was made, along with the trappings and treasures encapsulated therein. God designed every single thing. His heart […]Read More Every Good and Perfect Gift
Read Romans 1:18-23 This fall we moved into a new house. Most of our boxes are unpacked and we are slowly turning our new house into our home. Part of this process is spending time choosing paint colors and furniture, moving current furniture around to find the ‘perfect’ spot for it. Some decorating decisions are […]Read More For What Purpose?
Read Ecclesiastes 2:1-11; 3:9-14 There is nothing quite like enjoying the beauty of a sunset or holding a newborn baby in your arms. To share that joy with another person doubles the joy as together we marvel at the beauty before us. Scripture speaks again and again of the gifts of joy, beauty, and pleasure […]Read More The Hunger for Joy: Week 3
Read Matthew 18:1-5, 20:25-28 Many of us learned as children that the way to thrive in this life is to identify the person you need to please and follow their rules. While we may not have heard this lesson directly, we can hear it in the undertones of lessons like, “Earn your stripes,” or “Thereʼs […]Read More Great Servanthood
Read Psalm 25:8-14 “Who are those who fear the Lord? He will show them the path they should choose.” Psalm 25:12 (NLT) You are fearfully and wonderfully made. It is difficult to wrap our minds around the fact that God created each of us and is perfecting each of us. God made us on purpose for […]Read More Our Holy, Awestruck Fear; His Purposes
Read Ephesians 4:1-7 In many Bible translations, Ephesians 4 starts with the word “therefore.” If you have listened to many sermons or been involved in a Bible study, you’ve likely heard the question, “what’s the ʻthereforeʼ there for?” It typically marks a transition from principle to practice, from doctrine to application. “Therefore” is where the […]Read More Humble Horsepower
Read Romans 12:1-8 Some years ago, my mother gifted me with a handmade quilt. The quilt is a log-cabin design, with rectangular strips representing wooden logs stacked on top of each other. In the center of each quilt block is a small red square, representing the fireplace, the center of the log home. The interesting […]Read More A Quilt of Many Talents