March 27, 2018 – Dealing with Discouragement – Part 2

March 27, 2018 – Dealing with Discouragement – Part 2

Discouragement is often seen in the hearts of those who struggle with relationships. Despite all the great technology assisting us with communication, when it comes to effectively communicating love and heartfelt matters between individuals, many people experience frustration and disappointment. This is especially true within a family and with those we love the most.

March 20, 2018 – Dealing with Discouragement – Part 1

March 20, 2018 – Dealing with Discouragement – Part 1

One of them, named Cleopas, asked him [the stranger walking in their midst], “Are you only a visitor to Jerusalem and do not know the things that have happened there in these days?” “What things?” he asked. “About Jesus of Nazareth,” they replied. “He was a prophet, powerful in word and deed before God and all the people. The chief priests and our rulers handed him over to be sentenced to death, and they crucified him; but we had hoped that he was the one who was going to redeem Israel…”

January 9, 2018 – Tragedy

January 9, 2018 – Tragedy

A few years ago, we lost some great men and women when the Columbia Space Shuttle vaporized on its reentry from space. One of those individuals was Col. Mike Anderson, the second African-American astronaut. He looked at life with a unique spiritual insight. Col. Anderson was from Spokane, Washington and attended a little local Baptist church not far from our home.

October 31, 2017 – Hang on Baby!

October 31, 2017 – Hang on Baby!

With Bob on its back, the deer passed by his two astonished friends who were laughing out loud and evaluating Bob’s ability to stay on. While trying to keep his balance, all Bob could do was “hang on” to the antlers and ride it out. He knew that eventually, the animal would slow down enough for him to escape.

July 18, 2017 – Quilt of Holes

July 18, 2017 – Quilt of Holes

As I faced my Maker at the last judgment, I knelt before the Lord along with all the other souls. Before each of us laid our lives like the squares of a quilt in many piles; an angel sat before each of us sewing our quilt squares together into a tapestry that is our life… I rose and slowly lifted the combined squares of my life to the light. An awe-filled gasp filled the air. I gazed around at the others who stared at me with wide eyes.

June 20, 2017 – No Pain No Gain

June 20, 2017 – No Pain No Gain

An Ironman Triathlon is about as grueling as it gets. Think about this – swim 2.4 miles in cold water, bicycle in the wind 112 miles, and then run/walk 26.2 miles in the heat of the day. The premiere athletes, who finish in the top two or three positions, complete the 140 mile course in eight and a half hours. For many the day is much longer, lasting up to 17 hours. While we live out our lives on earth, sufferings and trials can teach us to develop patience and perseverance.

June 6, 2017 – Rest and Surrender

June 6, 2017 – Rest and Surrender

Jesus offers rest for us at the core of who we are when we surrender. We can be confident that He is walking with us, partnering with us in our journey (the yoke he offers) and thankful that the burden we are getting in exchange for the one we’re carrying will be easy to bear. Sounds like a no-brainer deal to me.

May 2, 2017 – Restoration

May 2, 2017 – Restoration

“Be still, and know that I am God”  Psalm 46:10 The spring season is a time when many people contemplate relaxation.  The warmth in the air, the fragrant smell of the flowers, and the calm weather cause us to think about the importance of balance and restoring our...
March 15, 2016-My Grace is Sufficient

March 15, 2016-My Grace is Sufficient

One of the many privileges I have as a chaplain is to help those going through difficulties with the Word of God. Recently one of my board member’s best friend died. After sharing my condolences, the board member asked for any thoughts I could give him regarding the...

October 12, 2015 – Forgiveness and Grace

The Apostle Luke records for us some of the last thoughts Jesus expressed prior to His crucifixion. As the soldiers were placing Him upon the cross between two convicted thieves, Jesus looked at the His persecutors and mockers and said, “Father forgive them; for they...