A friend of mine in Mississippi takes broken pottery and turns the pieces into beautiful picture frames. Most folks would just throw those pieces away. But to Stacey, the broken pieces are beautiful. In fact, she can't use them until they are broken. Listen here: The same is true with us. We can't be used … Continue reading Repurposing Brokenness (Ps. 51:13-19)
This is the first message is our 4-week study in Psalm 51, Broken and Contrite: The Unexpected Path to Spiritual Renewal. Listen here: It has been twenty years, but I still remember the stain. After I had completed my seminary studies and the trials of pastoral ordination, I received a fountain pen as a gift. … Continue reading Stain Removal (Ps. 51:1-2)
The gospel gives us freedom to be honest. Honest with ourselves, with others and with God. Psalm 13 describes an anguished David, wresting with his present life experience and the role of God in it. His emotions are being tossed like a dinghy on the waves of a storm. But when his heart finds anchor … Continue reading An Anchor of Hope for the Dinghy of Despair
This is message #8 in our summer sermon series, Getting Emotional, with the focus on learning to live beyond regret.
This is message #5 is our summer sermon series, Getting Emotional: How God Employs Our Emotions to Expose Us to the Gospel.
This is message #1 in our summer sermon series, Getting Emotional: How God Employs our Feelings to Expose our Souls to the Gospel.
Here are some words that are on my mind tonight as I prepare for tomorrow. They are from Psalm 103:10-12: 11 [the LORD] does not treat us as our sins deserve or repay us according to our iniquities. 11 For as high as the heavens are above the earth, so great is his love for those who … Continue reading Not as Our Sins Deserve
In Ken Sande's book, The Peacemaker, he outlines the four promises of forgiveness. In other words, this is what I am saying to someone when I say, "I forgive you." “I will not bring this incident up against (ie, to use against) you again.” (Of course, if someone is struggling with an ongoing pattern of sin, … Continue reading The Promises of Forgiveness
At a moment in his life when his sin was searing his soul with grief, King David turned to the Lord, whom he knew was a God of grace and the justifer of the ungodly. These are words for the broken. 1 Have mercy on me, O God, according to your steadfast love; according to … Continue reading Words for the Broken
I spent all day Tuesday at Amicalola Falls State Park. I left my laptop at home and turned my phone off so that I could spend 8 hours with my Bible, a notebook and Jesus. I focused on Psalm 23:1-3a, "1 The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want. 2 He makes me lie down in green pastures. He leads … Continue reading How is Your Soul?
This is today's Community Lenten Service Message, "The Great Expedition," from Psalm 15. Here is the message outline: A Question (v. 1) Qualifications (vv. 2-5a) Our Only Hope (v. 5b)
There is a reason why slow cooked and slowly eaten meals are far more satisfying than microwaved, frozen dinners. However, aside from Thanksgiving, many of us do not think we have the time to prepare or enjoy such meals very often. If this is product of our modernized, advanced Western world, maybe we should consider … Continue reading Slow Cooking vs. Fast Food: A Spiritual Analogy
This morning during family time with the kids I asked them what they were looking forward to today. Catching up in school, playing outside, and reading a new book were some of the responses. I'm looking forward to meeting a friend for lunch, running before picking Ann Ferris up from chorus, and n a movie … Continue reading Looking Forward
Here is last nights message handout from Campus Outreach/Beach Project in Panama City with the blanks filled in.
Last night's Creekstone message on Psalm 40:1-3 described David being rescued from a miry pit of despair. The gospel tells us that we are delivered from the stench and curse of the bog because the Lord took us out and put us on "a rock." A stable, firm, safe place. But there is more. I … Continue reading Out of the Pit: God’s Rescue Through Substitution