Prayers for Robb Elementary School & Families Impacted by the Shootings in Uvalde, TX
on May 25th, 2022
We are again shocked and horrified at news coming from Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, TX, where at least 19 children and two adults have been killed by an 18 year old gunman. Many others are hospitalized, some in critical condition.In our grief, dismay, and anger let us not fail to pray. Paul’s words to Timothy are good and God inspired words to guide our praying:“First of all, then, I urge th...
3 Thoughts on Complaining
on April 3rd, 2022
So what about this complaining? Is it right or wrong? The circumstances and difficulties are unavoidable. The tiredness, frustration, and all of my feelings are obviously real. Complaining in difficulty just seems to naturally happen. Is it ok? Is it not? What should I do?
Our Forgetfulness In Suffering
on March 6th, 2022
Are you a forgetful person? I’m not talking about losing your keys, the garage code, or needing to use “Find My Phone” regularly. I’m talking about forgetting about what is most important — things like time in the word, time in prayer, pursuing your relationship with God, and sharing it with your friends and family. Do you ever forget those things? I would venture a guess that we all forget those ...
Process Vs Petition
on February 13th, 2022
In the midst of difficulties, trials, and suffering; what do you ask God for the most?If you were to stop and think about your prayers and requests during your most difficult times, I’m guessing you would find yourself frequently asking God to remove them. This is natural, understandable, and even exemplified by people throughout scripture (see Psalms). If you’re worried about a project, your boss...
Focusing On Family In A Snowstorm
on February 2nd, 2022
Here in Northwest Ohio during the winter months we usually get a good amount of snow. Sure, there are places north of us that would say we have no clue what a lot of snow is, but we get our fair share. We're used snow on the ground during the winter months, and for the most part it doesn't really phase us...unless the forecast is 12-18 inches over a 24 hour period causing what is being labeled Sno...
The Crisis of Kingship
on January 30th, 2022
As you look back at this last week, what did you allow to rule your life and sit on the throne of your heart? You may think that’s an odd question, but I would like you to give it some thought. Everybody is pursuing something each and every moment of their day. Sometimes all we can think about is little things like getting lunch, getting in our workout, or finally finishing all the laundry. For ot...
The Hope In Messy Families
on November 22nd, 2021
The Thanksgiving holidays are upon us which means many of us are planning to get together with family. We’ll gather around the dinner table with our closest family and friends to enjoy a meal, conversation, and share out of the thankfulness of our heart. Some of us look forward to this time with family throughout the year, while others simply hope that they can get through it without too much fami...
Christmas Gifts To Help Your Family Focus On Christ All Year
on November 20th, 2021
Over the past few years as our kids have started to grow up to understand the meaning of the Christmas season a little bit better, we decided as a family to be more purposeful in our gift giving to our children. We didn’t want Christmas morning to become all about getting them everything on their want list, but rather a time where the tradition of gift giving and receiving would be thoughtful, mea...
Provision: Our Need In God's Time
on November 8th, 2021
Provision. So often, in my life I’ve thought of the idea of provision as being God giving me all the things to make me comfortable. Food to eat (not just any food but what sounded good in that moment), clothes to wear (not just any clothes but what I felt I looked good in), a home to live in (not just the building but all of the things inside of it to aid me in my comfort)… I could list many more ...
Unknowns: We Want Answers, God Gives Himself
on November 1st, 2021
Unknowns. They’re awful. I don’t know about you, but I like to know things. I like when things go according to the plan or, at least, by my expectation. I like people to react to what I say, do, think, and post on social media in the way I find pleasing. I like when life goes in the direction I imagined it would. I like when nothing throws a wrench in my day and I’m able to accomplish my goals. Bu...
The Point Of God's Providence
on October 25th, 2021
What is God’s providence? In our 9am Bible hour this last week, we learned that God’s providence is God’s personal and direct intervention, as opposed to a hands off approach, that affects not only the natural order of things but also the individuals and events within human history. As we studied Genesis 11, we saw that the people had come to a conclusion: they wanted to settle together, make a na...
Your Sin Breaks God's Heart
on October 18th, 2021
We are now 4 weeks into the Gospel Project. We have seen the power, creativity, and majesty of God in creation (Genesis 1). Only God, the Creator and King, could create the vast universe as we see it today. Then we took a glimpse at God’s creation of human beings. We were formed by hand from the dust of the ground (Genesis 2:5-9), and we were made in the image of God Himself (Genesis 1:26-28), uni...