Without Me…

Without Me…

John 15, verses 1-8, records an incredibly clear but also challenging word picture from Jesus. The section is labeled “The Vine and the Branches” in many Bibles. I love all eight verses but there is one phrase in verse 5 that is consistently on my...
Best to stand still.

Best to stand still.

I took on the neighbor’s wild blackberry vines – and almost lost the battle. Our house is backed up to a green space, a swampy conservation area full of trees, land that thankfully will never be developed into homes. But as beautiful as that area is, it has a mind of...
You need to be committed…

You need to be committed…

“Well, in spite of what happened, I am committed to this marriage!”  At first glance that statement, spoken in the midst of a struggling or failing marriage, sounds encouraging, hopeful, even heroic. And to a great degree, a commitment to not give up or walk away...
One blade does matter!

One blade does matter!

While visiting a friend recently, I happen to look up and noticed the ceiling fan, which was intended to have five blades, had one blade missing. Of course, the preacher in me had to take a picture; it is amazing the kind of things that can end up being a sermon...
Something of Eternal Value

Something of Eternal Value

“I just want to do something, be involved with something that has eternal value.” I would hope that would be the desire of every believer in Jesus Christ; that we could somehow really comprehend that we are just “strangers and foreigners” in...
Am I unteachable?

Am I unteachable?

A few weekends ago I shared this thought: Jesus says, “Take my yoke upon you and learn from me…..and you will find rest for you souls.” (Matthew 11:29) Not “poof” but “pull”. Thankfully we are not left to...
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