Rejoice exceedingly with great joy

  I was reading last night about the wise men in the second chapter of Matthew.  I like to affectionately refer to them as the Wise Guys.  These guys amaze me.  They saw the star of Christ in the East and made a long journey to worship Jesus.  After a short detour with King...
Read More →

The inconvenient call of God

  The Christmas season is upon us.  Like many others, I like to read the Christmas story this time of year, and each year I seem to gravitate to different people in the story.  The wise men captured my attention one year.  Last year, I was fascinated with Simeon and Anna...
Read More →

Prepare for Christmas

  It appears many have taken advantage of the warm November.  I have never seen more Christmas lights on display before Thanksgiving, and I confess that I am part of the problem.  Saturday was beautiful, and I simply had to put the lights on the house. It is Thanksgiving...
Read More →

A thankful heart

  There is so much to be thankful for this year.  I won’t even begin to write a list, but one person stands out to me right now.  My mom is amazing.  She is patient and kind.  She has a tremendous serving heart.  She loves Jesus, and she loves other people.  Mom does not...
Read More →

Real change

  This article is probably a week late.  By the time you read these words in the Saturday newspaper, we will have elected a new president.  I am writing this article on Election Day.  I have no idea who will receive the electoral or the popular vote, but I know that people...
Read More →

Saving faith

  I cannot remember a time when I failed to believe that Jesus is God.  Growing up in small town North Dakota, I suspect every one of my schoolmates had heard about Jesus.  We all knew that He was the Son of God who was born in a manger.  He lived a perfect life and died for...
Read More →

What do you want?

  Bethesda was a pool of water near the sheep gate of Jerusalem.  People believed an angel would periodically stir the waters and give them healing properties.  A multitude with great infirmities remained at Bethesda in the hope of being healed.  Jesus saw a man who had been...
Read More →

Dreaming of a better day

  I cannot remember experiencing a more politically-charged climate than we see today.  My social media feeds are full of wild accusations and attacks from both sides of the political aisle.  The political tension is feverish, and it is clear many people sincerely fear the...
Read More →

Hearing God

  I tell people I am a recovering workaholic.  It is good to work hard, but we all need balance.  I have begun to find some balance in my life by taking time to play tennis with my three daughters.  We enjoy the indoor courts at the local gym.  These courts allow the four of...
Read More →

The Winna Man

  My children love to listen to an old Ron Kenoly album I have.  They particularly enjoy the song, Winna Man.  Winna Man is a victorious song about Jesus being the Winner Man, and it is sung with what Kenoly calls “that island attitude.”  We could use more victorious...
Read More →