The movement of this world is a constant melding of minds and relationships. It seems our lives are filled with new information and relentless communication--our devices serving as extensions of our thumbs, tap-tap-tapping away on the touch screen. When looking around, heads are down, earbuds are in and one might notice their emails rapidly filling their inbox as quickly a...Keep Reading
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The goal is simple: to live on less of that which seems so essential (food) in order to focus on the only thing that can truly fill us up, Jesus. Specifically it’s an opportunity for God’s people to focus on “feeding” and sustaining themselves through prayer and a focus on God’s promises......
This year at OSNY we are giving special focus to the songs of Christmas. Of course we will be singing them, but throughout Advent we will be studying them as well. We will examine their scriptural foundations, trace their stories of origin, and mine each meter for meaning and truth. ...
My heart raced. I was sitting in the band room at Lyndon B. Johnson Middle School (“LBJ, All the Way!”), struggling to get comfortable in a hard plastic chair in the old school’s musty bandroom. My hands were sweaty and I closed my eyes, pleading with God in a rapid, unspoken prayer for my name to be called. But truth be told, I wasn’t really praying for my name to be called. No, I was absolutely sure my name would be called. Praying just seemed like the right thing to do at the time, at least to my snotty-little preteen brain......
What I didn't suspect was that I was being pursued. God was on my trail because he had already made a deal with me through the waters of baptism and I had confirmed the contract a few years later. I wasn't going to get away so easily......Keep Reading
the goal is simple: to live on less of that which seems so essential (food) in order to focus on the only thing that can truly fill us up, Jesus. Specifically it’s an opportunity for God’s people to focus on “feeding” and sustaining themselves through prayer and a focus on God’s promises. over 72 hours...Keep Reading
“Unequivocably, no.” This was the answer I gave to my college newspaper when a reporter asked me if I thought the school should establish research-only staff positions. The paper had this section where they’d ask a bunch of random people on the street what they thought about some current issue. Then they’d snap your picture and print it with your answer underneath...Keep Reading
The Gospel of Mark is celebrated as the oldest, historical account of Jesus' life, death, and resurrection. In a simple and straightforward manner Mark introduces us to God’s own Son...Keep Reading
H-O-L-D F-A-S-T. I cannot come up with a more concise directive for how to live the Christian life. Summed up in this phrase is Jesus' greatest commandment: "Love the Lord you God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind" (Matt. 22:37 NIV). Hold fast....Keep Reading
The New Year is all about beginnings. We tend to see this season as a fresh start, a sort of baptism into a better life. We clean out our closets, buy dumbbells, create lists, and make bold declarations about how different things will be. On one hand, the New Year seems to be a time of rejuvenation and change. But as we know all too well, it can quickly become a time of un...Keep Reading
Make Room is a day-by-day Advent devotional designed for individuals, families, and whole churches. It is available free of charge, for use and distribution as you see fit....Keep Reading
Life is filled with things that bring temporary happiness to a momentary manager. They are here today, yes, but gone tomorrow for sure. Life changes fast and we cannot manage every detail. We do not have the capacity to truly manage ANY single detail because material riches are not ours......Keep Reading
All my life I have sought to control how I live. I became so enamored with control I sought it every aspect of my life. I really thought I had everything under control. Then came my rude awakening. This time around was about a second chance. This time around it was about being still and knowing God. This time around it would be different....Keep Reading