Passion fruit vines are due for good trimmings in early spring (this message comes after spring has left). Pruning makes for a better flower and fruit yield. Remove the old and dead makes way for the young and new growth! I spent several hours over a weekend pruning passion vines with my grandpa. I couldn’t … Continue reading Who the Vinedresser Is
I love that God calls wisdom a woman, especially in the face of trendy "God is a woman" T-shirts and poems. God is not a woman, but Wisdom is.
American culture centers around the idea of being a leader. We're convinced that leaders are intelligent (both academically and emotionally), valuable, and desirable. Consequently, to label somebody as a follower is to insult their intelligence, value and desirability. We don't believe we can trust followers the way we trust leaders because they're just not commanding. … Continue reading On Being a Leader vs. a Follower
They say that the Bible is a mirror because it shows us exactly who we are. So, I encourage you to take it up and start fixing that outward presentation.
I love the saying, "God's Word never changes, the culture changes." There is nothing missed in the Bible and there is wisdom for every situation. Even if the culture is different, God's Living Word still applies.
We look at the book of Titus to see an important two-fold reminder God has saved for us.
"How much more intentional can our God get? It's almost like He knows that we are a forgetful people who will be distracted by our own emotion, rationality, and urges."
It would be honorable to give your all to Jesus, wouldn't it? Some might not think so. Mark 14:3-9 Meanwhile, Jesus was in Bethany at the home of Simon, a man who had previously had leprosy. While he was eating, a woman came in with a beautiful alabaster jar of expensive perfume made from essence of … Continue reading Expensive Gifts
Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me... As much as I'd like this phrase to be true, today, it's meaningless. Words do hurt people and even the most shallow of verbal offenses prove consequential. It may be absurd that people can be injured by superficial words, by arrangements of … Continue reading The Words We Speak