Some people put their foot in their mouth… but seem to enjoy the taste. Some people rub you the wrong way… but act like it’s the right way. Some people know how to push your buttons… and you detest that they can have so much negative impact on you! It’s true: Some people just drive you … Continue reading Loving people you just don’t like
Matthew 5:13 “You are the salt of the earth, but if salt has lost its taste, how shall its saltiness be restored?” (NIV) Today's Thought When I was young I remember learning about “porous” materials. Things that are porous have tiny holes or spaces so that liquid or air can pass through. A sponge is … Continue reading You’re porous
Psalm 118:24 "This is the day that the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it." (ESV) Today's Thought Have you ever been to a public protest? If so, you’ve probably heard some chanting. Usually the leader is equipped with a bullhorn and yells out, “What do we want?!” Then the people … Continue reading When do we want it? Now!
John 17:3 “And this is eternal life, that they know you the only true God” (ESV) Today's Thought In the book Soul Searching, we learn about research done with 3000 young people. What they found was that many shared these basic beliefs about God: • God wants us to be nice and fair • … Continue reading Moral Therapeutic Deism?
Imagine you were alive 10 years ago and got a glimpse of today’s news headlines. With new words like Tweet and Selfie, would some of them even make any sense? Probably not. Things change. Now image that today you could see some news headlines for 10 years from now. What new words would there be? … Continue reading Tweets, Selfies and other things that change
When you have an amazing and tasty experience at a new restaurant, what do you do? You tell someone about it. And when you beat the odds and win the hockey pool at work, what do you do? You tell someone about it. So when God shows up and does something significant in your life, … Continue reading Spiritual fertilizer
Revelation 22:9 "Worship God!" (NIV) Today's Thought Maybe it’s because we’re so used to shopping through all the stores at the mall or picking and choosing whatever we want from restaurant menus. Whatever the reason, in today’s society, it’s hard not to be… Consumers. Even when it comes to worship. Believe it or not we … Continue reading They brought in pets. And everything changed.
2 Corinthians 5:17 "So if anyone is in Christ, there is a new creation" (NRSV) Today's Thought The purpose of a “litmus test” is to see what something is really made of, to see what it really is on the inside. This happens in science with different substances, of course. But it can also happen with … Continue reading Your litmus test
John 1:16 "And from his fullness we have all received, grace upon grace." (ESV) Today's Thought Amazing Grace is one of the best-known hymns. And for a lot of us it conjures up special memories. When I hear it on the bagpipes I think of my Grandpa Ruttan. He was the pipe major in the … Continue reading Amazing grace for a telemarketer?
1 Thessalonians 5:18 "Give thanks in all circumstances..." (ESV) Today's Thought Ann Voskamp’s earliest memory is when she was four years old. She witnessed her 18-month old sister being run over by a truck in their farmyard. Horror. Ever since she’s struggled in her relationship with God. With this memory seared in her mind, Ann … Continue reading What a 4-year-old saw changed her life