volume_upMay 25, 2020 Loving into Loveliness
My Pastor has a phrase that I really like. He talks about being loved into loveliness. This is such a beautiful description of what God does for us, and it also describes how we, who have been loved into loveliness by Jesus Christ, can share his love with others, so that they are loved into […]
volume_upMay 23, 2020 Are You An Undercover Christian? Part 1
Let me begin with some questions: Why do you work, and why do you have the particular job you have? Do you view your job as simply a means of putting bread on your table so you can do what you want to do with the rest of your time? Do you work just because […]
volume_upMay 21, 2020 Fran and Jesus on the Job: Stress
As Fran drives to work this morning, the traffic is unusually bad and Fran is running late. She parks the car and starts dashing into the office. Feeling the stress start to rise, she thinks, “What can I do to get rid of this stress? I know; I’ll sing.” She seems to be rushing most […]
volume_upMay 20, 2020 Fran and Jesus on the Job: Stress
Did you ever have a divine interruption? We need to learn that God’s interruptions in our plans and schedules can be the most important moments of our lives. At least that’s something I need to learn and re-learn. This morning our friend, Fran, is trying to get lots done before leaving for work, because she’s […]
volume_upMay 19, 2020 Fran and Jesus on the Job: Stress
Did you ever think that the reason you work so hard and try to do everything to perfection might have something to do with pride? Jesus is trying to show our friend, Fran, that her obsession with being perfect is not always from the right motive. She’s planning a get-together at her home tonight for […]
volume_upMay 18, 2020 Fran and Jesus on the Job: Stress
Have you noticed when we get our priorities confused, we often find ourselves in a bit of chaos? Our friend, Fran, has some lessons to learn about what’s important and what isn’t. This is an on-going story of a fictitious woman with two children, who has gone back into the workplace after her husband was […]
volume_upMay 16, 2020 It’s All Plan A – Part 2
It took me ten years before I came to that place of letting go of my dreams and relinquishing them for God’s plan for my life. Ten years of doing my own thing, running my show, determined to get what I wanted. In those ten years had you asked me if I wanted to live […]
volume_upMay 15, 2020 Are You the Offender or the Offended?
What do we need to do if someone has offended us—if we find ourselves sitting in the seat of the offended? Forgiveness is the way Jesus taught us to deal with those who offend us. But it’s not easy, is it? It’s not easy to forgive someone who has hurt you and has not even […]
volume_upMay 14, 2020 Are You the Offender or the Offended?
I want to talk about sitting in the seat of the offended. Quite honestly, most of us spend way too much time in this offended seat, because we allow our feelings to be hurt too easily and we start throwing pity parties, and we get stuck in that seat. Maybe you’re thinking that someone else […]
volume_upMay 13, 2020 Are You the Offender or the Offended?
How can you break a cycle of hurt in a relationship? We talked about how easily we can offend others even when we don’t intend to. How do we get ourselves out of the offender’s seat, or better still, keep ourselves from getting into it? Romans 12:10 tells us to: “Be devoted to one another […]
volume_upMay 12, 2020 Are You the Offender or the Offended?
There are two sides of hurt: when we hurt others and when they hurt us. Often in the relationships of our lives we may be in the seat of the offender. There are times when we intentionally hurt others, because they have hurt us. But I think it is often true that when we do […]
volume_upMay 11, 2020 Are You the Offender or the Offended?
They say there are two sides to every story. When it comes to relationships and relationship struggles, there are definitely two sides. We can sit in one of two seats, either in the seat of the offended or the seat of the offender. All of us have been in both of those seats; we have […]