30ish Days of Thanks – A house of flesh

“‘Behold, God is my salvation; I will trust, and will not be afraid; for the Lord God is my strength and my song, and he has become my salvation. With joy you will draw water from the wells of salvation.’  And you will say in that day: ‘Give thanks to the Lord, call upon his name, make known his deeds among the peoples, proclaim that his name is exalted. Sing praises to the Lord, for he has done gloriously; let this be made known in all the earth. Shout, and sing for joy, O inhabitant of Zion, for great in your midst is the Holy One of Israel.” – Isaiah 12:2-6

There is a saying I have heard more times than I can count, and every time it frustrates me: “This is the house of the Lord.” Continue reading

30ish Days of Thanks – Reality is Unseen

For it is all for your sake, so that as grace extends to more and more people it may increase thanksgiving, to the glory of God. So we do not lose heart. Though our outer self is wasting away, our inner self is being renewed day by day. For this light momentary affliction is preparing for us an eternal weight of glory beyond all comparison, as we look not to the things that are seen but to the things that are unseen. For the things that are seen are transient, but the things that are unseen are eternal.”

2 Corinthians 4:15-18ESV

Have you ever seen a movie about the US Coast Guard? If you have, you know what an incredibly dangerous and difficult job those men and women do. Continue reading

30ish Days of Thanks – The non-bestsellers

“I give thanks to my God always for you because of the grace of God that was given you in Christ Jesus, that in every way you were enriched in him in all speech and all knowledge—even as the testimony about Christ was confirmed among you—so that you are not lacking in any gift, as you wait for the revealing of our Lord Jesus Christ, who will sustain you to the end, guiltless in the day of our Lord Jesus Christ. God is faithful, by whom you were called into the fellowship of his Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.”

-1 Corinthians 1:4-9ESV

Tired from work. I texted to my brother, who thanks to his vocation in the US military, was stationed farther away than I would ever like. Continue reading

This fleeting life….

Every person who works in ministry, in the back of their minds, knows someday they will face the unexpected death of someone they used to disciple. If you work with youth…it’s something you know and dread. After three years of ministry, that day finally came for me on August 4th. A teen from a former congregation died in a rollover accident.

Since then, I’ve been trying to process what happened to him. Continue reading

Poison in my body….

When I was younger I remember Christian adults talking about how you shouldn’t watch certain kinds of movies or listen to certain types of music because it was “not good” or didn’t encourage your Christian walk. It seemed like these adults didn’t even want to watch those movies or listen to that type of music, and I did. Not only did I desire to but I did. I never understood how they could ignore the musicality of what they were hearing, just because they didn’t like some of the words, or some of the ideas being conveyed in the music. In some ways I probably looked down on them because they were “judgemental” or “narrow-minded” or whatever term allowed me to ignore what they said. Continue reading