I read about some mouth-watering sourdough bread made at a bakery in San Francisco. It hadn’t been replicated anywhere else. As it turns out, there was a secret to the taste that had nothing to do with the recipe. As Larry Osborne explains, “It’s a bacterium that thrives in the area. When the yeast ferments, … Continue reading Impossible to duplicate
Every day we’re faced with choices about what route we’re going to take. These come in the form of decisions. A lot of them are simple. You don’t even have to think about them. But there are also difficult choices. These are choices like whether to do the right thing or the easy thing; whether … Continue reading The view from the top
One of the profound privileges of being a pastor is being with people who are in their last stages of life on earth. I’ve only been a pastor for 9 years and I’ve held many people’s hands as they’ve passed from this world to the next. What does it teach me? Well, a lot of things. … Continue reading Say it before it’s too late
Genesis 3:19 "...for you are dust, and to dust you shall return." (ESV) Today's Thought There are certain things we just don’t like to think about. Things like taxes. Things like flooded basements. Things like that embarrassing picture of you in grade 11 going up on Facebook! And things like… Death. But do you know … Continue reading The more seriously you take your death…
Yesterday my dad would have turned 67. He died in 2014 from several aggressive cancers. After his diagnosis they gave him two years to live… maybe. Then a year. Then six months. He almost lasted two. Have you experienced the death of someone you care about? I’m sure you have. If so, you know it … Continue reading What if you were water in the desert?
Ephesians 5:15-16 “Be very careful, then, how you live—not as unwise but as wise, making the most of every opportunity…” (NIV) Today's Thought Every single day opportunities come our way. They are often disguised as hum-drum conversations, daily routines, or things people tell you. A lot of these daily details are just that—details. But tucked … Continue reading Missed (or skipped?) opportunities
Proverbs 4:25 "Let your eyes look straight ahead, fix your gaze directly before you." (NIV) Today's Thought Sometimes, I think we’re our own worst enemy. We want to be closer to God, but don’t do anything to cultivate the relationship. Or we want to lose 10 pounds but can’t stay away from the high-fat snacks … Continue reading Excuses or progress?
Hebrews 1:14 “Are not all angels ministering spirits sent to serve those who will inherit salvation?” (NIV) Today's Thought So what’s the deal with angels? Well, the answer may surprise you. They’re mentioned 273 times in the Bible; and “angel” is a word that means “messenger.” So an angel is basically a messenger of God. … Continue reading What’s the deal with angels?
Psalm 145:2 "Every day I will praise you and extol your name for ever and ever." (NIV) Today's Thought Two years ago my dad passed away. As some of you know, he had a very short battle with cancer. He had started to notice different pains in his body--and that those pains were getting louder. … Continue reading So live it like it is
1 Corinthians 15:26 "The last enemy to be destroyed is death." (NIV) Today's Thought He was a 30 year-old truck driver. His future was ahead of him and it was all smooth sailing. Until. As Billy Graham tells it, one day while driving he started to get pains in his chest. He went to the hospital … Continue reading You’re in a win-win playoff