Peace, Strawberries and Ice Cream

We celebrate with special food. I’ve been reading on and off a lengthy biography of President Ulysses Grant by Ron Chernow. A big story during Grant’s administration was a dispute with Great Britain, which ended with a diplomatic, peaceful solution in the year 1871.


Chernow writes, “the commissioners celebrated their achievement over plates of strawberries and ice cream.”


May there be more peace with strawberries and ice cream!

Thank you, fallen soldiers

On Memorial Day, I honor those who lost their lives in the military for the United States of America. Many Americans do not appreciate our way of life and the sacrifices made by generations to birth and maintain the American experiment. We are a maturing nation based on individual liberties, and we will keep moving towards that ideal thanks to the sacrifices of fallen military personnel.

The Value of a Day

When we accept the brevity of our days, then each day has more value. Whatever we value, we treat with care.

“So teach us to count our days
that we may gain a wise heart.” – Psalm 90:12 (NRSV)

All of Psalm 90 is a reminder of our mortality, which helps us live meaningful lives. Today is valuable. Live from the heart.

Maundy Thursday

Today is Maundy Thursday. The term “maundy” comes from the Latin word “command.” On this night, we remember Jesus’ new command:

A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another.” – John 13:34

At a Maundy Thursday service a few years ago, these words hit me with power and conviction. This Scripture has been my life verse since then. I do not always live this Scripture, but it is my standard of spirituality.

On Maundy Thursday, we recognize that Jesus established Holy Communion as our way to remember and connect with Him. We also remember that Jesus washed His disciple’s feet on this day, so we should also serve each other.

The observance of Maundy Thursday is important preparation for Good Friday and the Easter celebration.

Blessed is Jesus!

As we are in Holy Week, my heart is alive with this Scripture today:

Do not be afraid, Daughter Zion;
see, your king is coming,
seated on a donkey’s colt
.” – John 12:15 (CSB)

Jesus is coming! He comes in unexpected ways.

Let us be among those who say of Jesus …

Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord!”

Parable Church by Mike Burnette

I am so excited about Mike Burnette’s new book, Parable Church.

Mike is an incredible leader, pastor, and scholar. Mike is one of my best friends, and I can assure you he lives what he teaches. The concepts from this book will help you love Jesus and the church better. Experience a fresh perspective through Parable Church.

#ParableChurch

https://www.zondervan.com/9780310113010/parable-church/

Despite sound system troubles, He was there!

Today, CIL Church had a technology meltdown with a major component of our sound system failing. The extraordinary work of Aubrey McGowan, Steve Hertzler, and their team adapted to a portable soundboard, and we were able to have live worship for campus church and digital church.

We’ll be back to normal next week, but for those of us who were part of the early morning surprise, we’ll never forget today. The important part of this story, the presence of God was among us despite these challenges. When we have His presence, we have all we need.