Encouragement for a new season

With teachers and students returning to class soon, I feel us turning a corner into a new season of activity and more established schedules. Do not feel overwhelmed because God will strengthen you for every task He’s called you to do.

When He stretches us, it can feel painful, but His plan for us is assuredly good. Good days are ahead!

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.

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!”

We need covenant relationships

We instinctively long for covenant relationships. What is this? It’s a sacred agreement between two parties. This covenant takes away the fear of abandonment. I wish I would have learned this principle earlier in life. It would have saved me from sin, mistakes, and the destruction of meaningful relationships.

An example of this is Jacob and his father-in-law, Laban. Their poor relationship turned into a covenant relationship.

Genesis 31:44 (CSB)
“Come now, let’s make a covenant, you and I. Let it be a witness between the two of us.”

Genesis 31:49 (CSB)
… “May the Lord watch between you and me when we are out of each other’s sight.”

Covenant requires trust. Both the Lord and the covenant watch over the two parties when they are apart. None of us have been perfect in this, but we can live with this understanding and aspiration from this point forward.

To listen or watch my sermon on this, watch here:

Unity asks – “Can I love you?”

The biggest question about preserving unity we often overlook is, “Can I love you?”

I love you when we disagree.
I love you when you tick me off.
I love you if you are deceived.
I love you if you are immature.
I love you if you understand something I won’t comprehend for years.
I love you if you have had experiences and hold a worldview I’ll never be able to comprehend.
I love you no matter who you voted for.
I love you despite your sin.
I will be friends with you.
I will talk to you before I write you off.
I will give you another chance.
I will turn the other cheek.
I will restore you with gentleness.
I will choose love over the offense.

That is a hard way to live, and I do not always live to this standard. This perspective is Jesus-style living and a goal of our faith.