Category: Life

Life Out of Focus

I’m a photographer wannabe. I’ve never owned a really good camera, so playing around with my iPhone, Adobe Photoshop, Picasa, and iPhone Apps like Instagram and A Beautiful Mess keep me satisfied… for the time being. I’ve considered buying a more complicated camera, but every time I do, I talk myself out of spending the…

Hearts that are Puzzled

Ever wonder why it sometimes seems that romance is only a fairy-tale?  Maybe it’s because we forget that in those Cinderella stories, the characters have to overcome obstacles before they arrive at their “happily ever after”. Real life.  Real stories. Two imperfect people are brought together from two different worlds, and we somehow think that…

A New Year, A New Day, A New Perspective

Mrs. Turnipseed was in her 80’s when she approached my pastor-husband and exclaimed with great exuberance, “Pastor, I’m so excited!  I’ve found a new ministry!” Can you picture that in your mind?  How many seniors are even looking for new opportunities to serve?  What a testimony to younger generations. On a day that I typically just…

2 KINGS: The God of Angel Armies

When I first read this verse, the thought that came to mind was, “I don’t really have any enemies…” I know they are real–those people that hate you just because you call yourself a Christian.  There are those who absolutely despise those of us who believe that Jesus is the only way of salvation, but I personally…

Transitional Traditions

tra·di·tion the handing down of statements, beliefs, legends, customs,  information, etc., from generation to generation, especially by word of mouth or by practice. Traditions are neither good or bad, per se… Each person chooses what they want to observe in their traditions.  We have old traditions and can begin new ones. Many families have what they would call their “traditional” Thanksgiving meal, and we are no exception.

HOPE

“Plunging deeper into faith can mean swimming in some choppy waters. Our fallen world is filled with storms and difficulties. But deepening discipleship involves a deepening of our commitment to the Lord regardless of circumstances or comfort.” “Our focal verse is Job’s affirmation that his decision was not based on circumstances.  He would follow the…

Scripture Challenge: 2 SAMUEL — “Not for the Faint of Heart”

Murder, war, adultery, rape, and betrayal.  Sounds like a television show… One that I wouldn’t want to watch because it would probably be rated “R”, yet here I am, reading through the book of 2 Samuel, and I am a bit overwhelmed at the gory details. Most of the time when we study the life…