I wonder today, as I finish this week of writing, how your week progressed. Did your thoughts turn to hope more often? Did you experience a greater level of confident expectation? I know that reading and writing about hope helped to refocus my attention on the foundation of my faith and refreshed my outlook. I …

HOPE: confident trust with the expectation of fulfillment. 20Against its will, all creation was subjected to God’s curse. But with eager hope, 21the creation looks forward to the day when it will join God’s children in glorious freedom from death and decay. Romans 8:20-21 It is an interesting thought to me that all of creation waits …

I have many fond memories of going to my grandparent’s house. There were certain things you could count on, certain corners that remained the same. There was the cookie jar. Sitting in the corner of the counter, it always held cookies. The cookie jar wasn’t air tight so Grandma put the cookies in a plastic …

HOPE: confident trust with the expectation of fulfillment! Hope that characterizes the kingdom of God, the reign of Jesus prophesied in scripture, isn’t wishful thinking. It is solid certainty, expectation that knows fulfillment! 4Such things were written in the Scriptures long ago to teach us. And the Scriptures give us hope and encouragement as we …

Sunday, November 28, marked the official beginning of Advent 2021. Advent begins four Sundays before Christmas Day when Christians celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ, the promised Messiah. Promised to Abraham thousands of years ago, it finds fulfillment in the birth of a baby, conceived by the Holy Spirit and born to a virgin, Mary …

10But it was to us that God revealed these things by his Spirit. For his Spirit searches out everything and shows us God’s deep secrets. 11No one can know a person’s thoughts except that person’s own spirit, and no one can know God’s thoughts except God’s own Spirit. 12And we have received God’s Spirit (not the world’s spirit), …

HAPPY THANKSGIVING!! If you are reading this today, perhaps you have decided to set aside the first five minutes to take a deep breath and focus on Jesus. I’m glad you joined me. 10But it was to us that God revealed these things by his Spirit. For his Spirit searches out everything and shows us God’s …

When I was in junior high, I ran track. Sprints were my specialty and at the time I was pretty fast. For my school, anyway. I broke the records in both the 50 yard dash and the 100 yard dash. It was fun to be really good at something. Junior high was the end of …

There is a parable Jesus told regarding the final judgment. You can find it in Matthew 25 toward the end of the chapter. In this teaching, the Son of Man (Jesus) and all the angels gather in the throne room. All the people of the earth are gathered and Jesus, I assume with the help …

This week signifies the beginning of the 2021 holidays. It begins with Thanksgiving which melts into Christmas and ends with New Year’s Day. Between now and New Year’s Eve there will be invites to peruse, charcuterie boards to assemble, menus to devise and shopping lists to create. And that’s only the food part of the …