Thank you, Lord!

August 17, 2019

Today marks the finale to our series of First 15s called "Heart Songs." I have had a blast sharing some of my favorite music and pieces of my world. If you've been with me all week, we've journeyed through roughly 30 years of music, and I thank you for spending some time with me.

Stand

August 16, 2019

There are certain songs that when I hear them, I'm almost transported back to another time. There's a kind of soundtrack of my life that reminds me of just how far I've come and the myriad experiences that make me who I am. For instance, whenever I hear the word "conjunction," I'm instantly back

Let Go and Let God

August 15, 2019

As a kid, I was fascinated by many things. Magic tricks and corny jokes always got my attention, but more than anything else, I loved science experiments. I was a big fan of Beakman's World, Mr. Wizard, and even some Bill Nye the Science Guy.

Can't Give Up Now

August 14, 2019

Today, we are on day 3 of a series of First 15s that I'm calling "Heart Songs." I'll be focusing on living a life of worship, articulated by meaningful or thought-provoking songs for me. This morning, allow me to turn your attention to this song by the award-winning duo, Mary, Mary, "Can't Give Up Now."

Limp

August 13, 2019

Today, I continue a series of First 15s that I'm calling "Heart Songs." I'll be focusing on living a life of worship, articulated by meaningful or thought-provoking songs for me. First, listen to this song. It frames the rest of the devotional. The name of this song is ‘Limp’ by Jonathan McReynolds off of his newly released sophomore album, ‘Life Music: Stage Two”.

If We Had Your Eyes

August 12, 2019

Today, I want to begin a series of First 15s that I'm calling "Heart Songs." I'll be focusing on living a life of worship, articulated by meaningful or thought-provoking songs for me. At my house, we play a lot of music, and earlier in the year, my kids were drawn to a song by former Destiny's Child member, Michelle Williams entitled "If We Had Your Eyes." In this song, Williams describes the main character who has a life-changing encounter at a traffic light.

Deliverance

August 10, 2019

Jonah was called by God to go to Nineveh, and “preach against their wickedness.” Despite clear instructions, Jonah disobeyed God, and boarded a boat headed for Tarshish instead. God pursued Jonah (and the ship he was on) with a great wind and a mighty storm.

Remember Whose You Are

August 9, 2019

Jonah was called by God to go to Nineveh, the capital of Assyria. Despite clear instructions, Jonah disobeyed God and boarded a boat headed for Tarshish instead. We can’t escape God of course, and the Lord pursued Jonah with a great wind and a mighty storm. In their distress, the sailors of this ship prayed to their individual gods, trying to stop the raging storm.

Why?

August 8, 2019

Jonah was called by God to go to Nineveh, the capital of Assyria. Despite clear instructions, Jonah disobeyed God and literally went in the opposite direction to Tarshish. The question remains - Why would Jonah do this? In the Biblical text, it is rare for a prophet to avoid

Trying to Escape

August 7, 2019

Jonah was called by God to go to Nineveh, the capital of Assyria, Israel’s worst enemy. In the first few verses, we read of God’s clear instructions and of the lengths Jonah would go to avoid God’s call on him. He boarded a ship headed as far west as merchant ships of his day traveled, to Tarshish on the coast of modern day Spain.

A Downward Spiral

August 6, 2019

The book of Jonah tells the story of a Jewish prophet named Jonah, who is sent by God to the pagan city of Nineveh, the capital of Assyria, Israel’s worst enemy. In the first few verses, we read of God’s clear instructions and of the lengths Jonah would go to avoid God’s call on him.

Fleeing

August 5, 2019

For the next few weeks, we will look at the Old Testament book of Jonah. This short book falls in the category of the 12 minor prophets within the Hebrew Bible or Old Testament. We do not have a lot of information on the writing of Jonah.

Just a Bunch of Messed Up People

August 3, 2019

There’s a story about six men who were stranded on a deserted island. Two were Jewish, two were Catholic, and two were Methodists. The two Jews got together and founded the Temple Immanuel. The two Catholics established the Church of the Holy Name.

Sweet Words

August 2, 2019

A man in the early church named Joseph was given the nickname “Barnabas,” which means “Son of Encouragement” (Acts 4:36). He became such a blessing to the believers of his day. Through the encouragement of Barnabas, the Apostle Paul was first accepted by the church in Jerusalem (Acts 9),

Fruit that Lasts

August 1, 2019

There are many activists who are advocating for social justice issues in our world. We are surrounded by them. Many of them do great work! I follow the A21 Campaign whose goal is to end human trafficking. I support ZOE ministry, along with our church, who seeks to help orphaned children live free from abuse and exploitation, in a safe place, empowered to provide for their own needs.