I think Acts 19:15 is one of the most interesting verses in the Bible. As someone, who was trying to invoke Paul's ability to perform miracles, makes an attempt to cast out a demon, the demon comes back with the ultimate "put you in your place." The demon says, "yeah, I know Jesus and I've … Continue reading You Can’t Fool a Demon
This is, of course, taken out of context, but I believe it's relevant for today. Know that we are praying steadily for relief from this situation. 2 Corinthians 1:3-7Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our affliction, … Continue reading The God of all Comfort
Acts is full of incredible and miraculous events that kept the church growing and thriving. This week's readings contain several. Make sure you don't miss any of the cool ways God blessed Peter to continue to spread the name of Jesus. Oh, and here's a little ditty (with a spectacular and very 80s music video...seriously, … Continue reading Amy Grant does it again
Like any good startup, the early apostles were constantly having to figure things out, bob and weave, shift to make things work. I'm particularly amazed by their reaction in our Friday reading. A group said, "hey, you're missing the mark". They didn't get defensive. They didn't point out the flaws in their accusers. They fixed … Continue reading Like Any Good Startup
How did you feel Wednesday when you saw unauthorized people breeching the formerly safe confines of the U.S. Capitol building? I felt a strange, uncomfortable vulnerability. I don’t normally feel like that – mostly because I’m a grown up and can control, to a large degree, my surroundings. My kids were pretty much unscathed by … Continue reading Talking to Your Kids About the Capitol Breech
Each summer in high school we had to read four or five books and pass a test on them to qualify for honors English class the following year. I remember, the summer before my freshman year we were supposed to read Great Expectations. As a 14-year-old, I considered it dry, to say the least. A … Continue reading Acts – A Cliffs Notes Version
Several years ago, for a couple of years in a row, we hosted a Christmas concert at Munger. Whatever you're picturing is wrong. "Holly Jolly Christmas" was not sung. No 7th graders played clarinets. No one wore choir robes. The concert is the brainchild of Andrew Peterson, an independent musician from Nashville. He and some … Continue reading Behold the Lamb of God!
Starting tomorrow, we get into Isaiah's beautiful prophecies about the coming Savior - the Messiah. I love reading these prophecies each Advent because it's so clear how they were fulfilled. I know they weren't written for me originally, but they feel like a perfect gift from God saying, "Yes, I know what I'm doing." You … Continue reading For Unto Us…
I am not cutesy or crafty. I am also terrible at small talk and correspondence in general – and yet, I find myself as a two-year-old class room mom. This is not my skillset. I know this may sound funny because, yes, I am a children’s ministry director, but I am normally just the idea … Continue reading I Am A Terrible Room Mom
I remember, as a kid, it was all too natural to invite a friend to church. If someone was spending the night on Saturday night, they would bring church clothes so they could tag along to church and Sunday school the next day. They might even score a Luby's Luann platter out of the deal. … Continue reading Well, come on now.