Come Back When You Can Stay Awhile

Jesus Talk

“This Jesus, who has been taken up from you into heaven, will come in just the same way as you have watched Him go into heaven.” Acts 1:11b

One of my most favorite things to do growing up was to visit my grandparents’ house. It seemed as though my grandma always knew exactly when we would arrive. Inevitably, she would be standing in the kitchen window and see us when we pulled into the driveway. Then, when we would leave, my grandma and grandpa would walk us out and then stand in the road waving to us as we drove away. My grandma would always say, “Come back when you can stay awhile.”

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Dow, Nasdaq, and Seahawks

Jesus Talk

“But now in Christ Jesus you who formerly were far off have been brought near by the blood of Christ.” Ephesians 2:13
 
Today, I and some guy friends are going to the streets to tell the good news. This news is not about the stock market, the Dow, Nasdaq, and S&P were up on Friday. This news is not about each middle school student at my son’s school getting a chrome book. This news is not even about the Seahawks winning yesterday.


Hot Burning Fire!

Marriage and Family

“Draw near to God and He will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners; and purify your hearts, you double-minded.” James 4:8

Woodstove…check!   Firewood…check!   Kindling…check!   Paper…Check!   Matches…check!

This is the first time in my adult life that I have had a woodstove to heat my house. As we are getting closer to the cold season, I have taken some steps to be ready for heating my house. I had my son get the old ashes out of the wood stove. I bought a cord of wood from a guy in the neighborhood. And, I’ve got several boxes of matches!

The first attempt to build a fire was very discouraging.  It didn’t go. I put paper in there, some kindling, along with some bigger pieces of wood. It would stay lit for a little while and then go out.

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Lean In For a Kiss

Jesus Talk

“I am the good shepherd; the good shepherd lays down His life for the sheep.” John 10:11

This morning, I had the privilege of dropping my boys off for school. My favorite part of today was when each of my boys, before they got out of the truck, leaned their head on my shoulder for me to give them a kiss on the head.

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Good Morning Davis Camp!

Jesus Talk

“And he will be like a tree firmly planted by streams of water, which yields its fruit in its season, and its leaf does not wither; and in whatever he does, he prospers.” Psalm 1:3

In my previous life (I’m not referring to reincarnation 😊), I would be getting up at Davis camp this morning. Davis camp is a place that I love. It is a place that my grandparents camped during their hunting trips for a span over 50+ years. Then, for the last 15+ years, Me and my family have carried the tradition. Read more…


Christian Families, Will You?

Marriage and Family

Dewater 4

“and My people who are called by My name humble themselves and pray, and seek My face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.” 2 Chronicles 7:14

This morning I went with my wife and boys to their school to pray at the flag pole.

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A Castle Far Away

Jesus Talk

“Therefore, since we receive a kingdom which cannot be shaken, let us show gratitude, by which we may offer to God an acceptable service with reverence and awe;” Hebrews 12:28

I love the thought of Castles!

I am fascinated by Castles! I’ve never been in a castle. I’ve never stood in front of a castle. I’ve never even driven by a Castle. I just love the thought of Castles!

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Dinner, Water & Intimacy!

Marriage and Family

Dewater 4

“for no one ever hated his own flesh, but nourishes and cherishes it, just as Christ also does the church,” Ephesians 5:29

Weeds, Untrimmed Bushes, Brown Grass, Dead Flowers….

That is what my yard looks like… yikes! (For those in Salem, I use that word in honor of Pastor Butler)

I’ve got a lot of work to do on both my front yard and my backyard! Thankfully, it doesn’t all have to be done all at once.

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Gospel Conversations

Jesus Talk

“And there is salvation in no one else; for there is no other name under heaven that has been given among men, by which we must be saved.” Acts 4:12

I recently listened to a podcast by Thom Rainer that spoke of the effectiveness of churches in reaching people for Christ. The reality of many churches growing is their growth is coming from transfers. Transfer growth is when Christians decide to relocate from one church to another. Though this can be very encouraging for the receiving church, there is no real growth in the Kingdom.

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Awkward Jesus

Jesus Talk

“Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.” Joshua 1:9

Does the cross have any significance to you?

Rebecca and I were going to some furniture stores looking for a dining room table. As we were walking up to the second one, an older couple came walking out of the store and I noticed the man had a cross necklace on. The cross seemed a bit bigger than I usually notice on necklaces. I told him that I liked his cross and then asked, “does it have any significance to you?” He replied by saying that his wife buys him cross necklaces. His wife walked up while he was saying that and so I told her I like the cross necklace that she had on as well.

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