For God So Loved…You!

For God so loved the world that he gave his Son that whoever believes in Him will not perish but have eternal life.   John 3:16 This is easily one of the most memorized and popular lines of Scripture, but because of how familiar it is to us, it also becomes one of the easiest…

Where did “Valentine” come from?

Did you ever wonder where the name “Valentine” came from for Valentine’s Day? I have, it has always seemed like a funny name for a day of cards and flowers. That’s because the holiday didn’t actually celebrate cards and flowers but  a Christian pastor and martyr, Saint Valentine. Pastor Valentine lived in the Roman Empire during…

DO IHEART_____ MORE THAN JESUS?

IHEARTDOGS I saw that recently and I can relate. If you’ve known me for any amount of time you know how much I love dogs, especially rescue dogs and I will have one of my furry companions running around with me most of the time. What I’ve come to not only appreciate but really love…

When You Just Need Some Love

No one likes going to the hospital. I know I don’t. No one really likes going to the hospital. You go to the hospital when you’re sick. When something is wrong with you, you go to see the doctor. When you need some surgery you go to where the surgeon is. At the hospital one…

Yes, you are loved.

For Robin… A friend shared with me, “it feels like, everything I do is either sinful or makes me fat!.” How often does it feel like that?! With food, not only fattening, but this food will raise your cholesterol, this food will your raise your blood pressure, this food might be good for you and…

Powerful Ways That God Kneels In The Mud For You

During this Lenten Observance season I will be spending some extra time sharing my thoughts on the sacraments in a weekly series, “God kneeling in the mud.” I know that my readers come from a variety of faith backgrounds with different understandings of the sacraments, please know, I’m not trying to convince anyone, but simply…

Eat the Dust… meditation

The steadfast love of the Lord remains. What happens when it all falls apart around you, the structures and buildings, the foundations and the life you have built, when you lose what you wanted to be secure, what happens when it all falls apart around you? What happens when you get what you want and…

Is Holy Baptism Scandalous?

There is something scandalous about baptism. When parents come to have their children baptized, when I came to the waters of Holy Baptism to pour the baptismal water on my children’s little foreheads, there is something scandalous that happens there. Parents are bringing these children to the water and saying that their children have a…

Brush your teeth…

Brush your teeth. Comb your hair. No, you can’t wear polka dots with stripes. Yes you have to go to school. Yes you have to do your homework. No, you can’t eat another chocolate chip cookie. Yes, you are coming to church. When you think about the list of things that comes out of a…