Christmas Shalom

One of the portions of the Nativity story that I find most beautiful and meaningful is when the angel appeared to the shepherds and announced Jesus’ birth, followed by a …  »

Gratitude

Becoming more Christlike is about becoming a better Christian through a more committed application of the Bible, coupled with the guidance and grace of the Holy Spirit. T …  »

Salt and light

Jesus opened the Sermon on the Mount with the Beatitudes, which provide an overview of how He intends for those who follow Him to live their faith. Throughout the rest of …  »

Money management

A pastor once said, “Living right financially isn’t complicated; it may be difficult, but it isn’t complicated.” It’s difficult because living right financially is more t …  »

Put God on the spot

After you have asked God for something, take action. Act on your faith. Put feet to your prayers by taking steps toward your goal. When I was the pastor of a church in Wa …  »

Ask, seek, knock

Matthew chapter 7, the last chapter of the Sermon on the Mount, contains a number of succinct statements, which make important points for believers. The focus is on praye …  »

Perceptions

When I feel a sense of weariness creep in, because the queue of deadlines seems to be getting a little too long, I find it helpful to occasionally stop for a few minutes …  »

Non-retaliation

Jesus started the Sermon on the Mount with the Beatitudes, [[See Matthew 5:3–12.]] which spoke of blessings for the poor in spirit, those who mourn, the meek, those who h …  »

Ups and downs

Recently, I was contemplating the topic of wrong choices, after having made a few myself, and was feeling a bit discouraged. Most of us enjoy finding we’ve made the right …  »

Jesus—His life and message

When the time was right, God sent his Son, and a woman gave birth to him. His Son obeyed the Law, so he could set us free from the Law, and we could become God’s children …  »

Christmas prequel

The Gospel of John doesn’t tell the story of Jesus’ birth, but it tells us the prequel—the story that precedes what we are told in the birth narratives. This Gospel takes …  »

The art of caring

My prayer is that in all the busyness of life, in the abundance of urgent needs and priorities, we don’t lose sight of how important love is—both in the big picture and i …  »