Mixed Crowd Living

“A mixed crowd also went up with them…”. Exodus 12:38 In reading through the Old Testament again this year, I am continually struck with how much I do not know. I read, I observe, I look at commentaries, I meditate….and then I forget. No wonder Paul calls us to renew our minds. I need my... Continue Reading →

Sometimes My Life is Like My Garage

Right now, if you peeked into our two-stall garage, you wouldn’t find a car, but it is filled none-the-less. Some things belong in the garage, like the climbing wall Bryan and Titus built along the west side. Of course, it has taken up more room than I initially thought it would as they have added... Continue Reading →

Consider This

Hebrews 11 is a passage that many of us are familiar with. It has often been dubbed the “Hall of Faith", as we read account after account of followers of Jesus walking by faith and not by sight. Some, like Noah, Abraham, and Moses are well known, while many are nameless. Yet the sacrifices they... Continue Reading →

From Creation to 2021

I am so thankful for a variety of Bible reading plans that, through the motivation of the Holy Spirit, have helped keep me accountable to read through the Scriptures each year for almost two decades. There is an excitement and delight to read through the same texts, year after year, knowing that because the Word... Continue Reading →

Uncomfortable Grace

Back in 1990 Allan Metcalf, a professor at MacMurry College, came up with the idea of a “Word of the Year”. In a nut shell, as he reflected on Time Magazine having a “Person of the Year”, he only thought it fair and fun to have a word that would encapsulate each year, as well.... Continue Reading →

In This We Rejoice

I love reading books and I am so thankful for those that write them and impart wisdom to us as they teach us what they have first been taught by God. There are so many paths God takes His children down for His glory and their sanctification…and yet, at some point, we walk the same... Continue Reading →

Thanksgiving Isn’t Just a Holiday

Thanksgiving isn’t just a holiday, it is an expression of gratitude. It’s not just something we do, it’s who we are to be. It is a word that shapes character, reveals the heart and colors our every word and action. In all our conduct, we either display a spirit of joyful thanksgiving or discontented grumbling. ... Continue Reading →

Water and the Word

As each year ticks by, I am learning that I can’t eat the way I used to. Apparently, a diet that consists largely of carbs and dessert is not only not the healthiest but tends to make for tight clothes. I guess there are some that intentionally buy clothes that are tight, but that has... Continue Reading →

The Oil of Sacrifice

"You always have the poor with you, and you can do good for them whenever you want, but you do not always have Me. She has done what she could...." Mark 14:7-8a You are probably familiar with the setting in which Jesus spoke these words. While Jesus was reclining at the table of the home... Continue Reading →

Dying in Color

It’s a strange world here in South Dakota. One month from our last day of summer, we had our first snowstorm. And, just like that, we seem to have closed the door on fall, as well. I am thankful for the month of autumn we had, though. Watching a tree’s leaves change color really is... Continue Reading →

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