Put yourself in someone else's shoes; imagine you are a young woman about to become a first-time mom. Chances are you think about the baby's room. Now, think color choices, decorative themes, furnishings, blankets...the list goes on and on. You study everything from HGTV to Pinterest looking for ways to prepare the cutest and safest … Continue reading When you had HGTV in mind for Christmas…
I’m not a Christmas Hero
Wow, it's hard to believe that Christmas is just over 3 weeks away, even in a pandemic-crazed year, time flies!I find it helpful to try to get into a reflective mode about Christmas now, as it has barely started. If I wait until it"gets going" the season is over before I know it and I've … Continue reading I’m not a Christmas Hero
When Community Development is in your DNA
At Christian Life Center we are driven by what we call our "God-Sized Vision." It's based on some of the last earthly words of Jesus in Acts 1:8. Those who follow Christ are meant to "let their light shine." This light includes doing good deeds for others to see God's love through us in practical … Continue reading When Community Development is in your DNA
3 Bible Tips for Bible Reading
God's word is meant to be a part of our daily lives, both reading it and applying it. Unfortunately, we can find ourselves too busy to give the Bible the time and attention it deserves. Here are three quick tips to help you make the most of it. They all start with "R."FIRST: Read SOMETHING...it's … Continue reading 3 Bible Tips for Bible Reading
Could America Come Alive Spiritually with Post-Covid Re-Opening?
I had lunch with a friend this week, and we grieved over the state of our culture while chowing down our burgers, salads and fries (hey, at Red Robin, you MUST get fries). The coronavirus pandemic (COVID-19) has caused damage, confusion and division none of us could have predicted just a few months ago.The tragic … Continue reading Could America Come Alive Spiritually with Post-Covid Re-Opening?
Saving Money and The Perfect Post-Covid Financial Plan
The recent coronavirus pandemic has made an arguably unprecedented impact on humanity in many ways worldwide. Not only has COVID-19 had physical health consequences, people have suffered socially, emotionally, professionally and financially. Some people have gone through the cultural shut-downs by working remotely and they have suffered no financial effects. Others (millions) have lost jobs … Continue reading Saving Money and The Perfect Post-Covid Financial Plan
Guess: How many military people died for us so far?
It is estimated that over 1.1 million American military members were killed in all wars since our nation was born. The war that birthed our nation, revolutionary war, saw just over 4,400 deaths. By contrast, the greatest casualties were from the Civil war (498,332) and World War 2 respectively (405,399)Truly the familiar saying "freedom isn't … Continue reading Guess: How many military people died for us so far?
…In Jesus’ Name, Amen: Why prayer doesn’t work, and when it does
Last weekend I presented a message titled "Christians are people who pray." In it I asked the question, "How many of you have ever prayed for something 'In Jesus' name' and it didn't happen?"Our messages are currently limited to "live online" due to the Covid crisis; as such, I couldn't ask for a show of … Continue reading …In Jesus’ Name, Amen: Why prayer doesn’t work, and when it does
What do Google, Amazon, Apple and Facebook have in common with Coronavirus, and should it stay that way?
For those who know me, you'll agree I'm not much of a "tech guy." Thankfully, for tech concerns beyond turning on my laptop, getting emails and doing some online research (or keeping up with online friends) we have members of our staff I can turn to for my tech woes. ("How did you say I … Continue reading What do Google, Amazon, Apple and Facebook have in common with Coronavirus, and should it stay that way?
Apocalypse, and other words heard lately
In more than one recent conversation with friends I've heard people say things about the pandemic like "It's almost apocalyptic." Dictionary.com defines an apocalypse as "any universal or widespread destruction or disaster: The apocalypse of a nuclear war." We like to think of an apocalypse as more the subject of a Hollywood movie. However, by … Continue reading Apocalypse, and other words heard lately