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Feb 11, 2021 Until 100 years ago, the only fertilizer available was animal manure. Farmers across the globe used it generously to increase the yield of their crops. In other words, there was always a moment in the harvest cycle when things got smelly. Have you ever felt like you were stuck in one of[…]

Feb. 4, 2021. I have noticed that it is rather difficult to engage in meaningful good works. It’s far easier to talk about good works, than it is to show up and actually do them. They are not as readily available in society as we’d wish. Occasionally, we can help the proverbial “old lady” cross[…]

Jan. 27, 2021. I have noticed something about me – I seldom recognize my self-centeredness when it shows up. Melodee seems to recognize it though…whoa. (Truthfully, it’s a good thing I have her). As thoroughly human as self-interest tends to be, it comes at a cost. #JesusStories: Matthew 23 is an interesting chapter because of[…]

Jan. 21, 2021. Routine and status quo are powerful things in human behavior. They create habits, and these habits quickly become unquestioned. We seamlessly engage in thoughts and deeds today just because we did them yesterday. But every once in a while, something new is needed, and the assumptions of yesterday are not sufficient. Can[…]

Jan. 14, 2021. If these recent months of national turmoil have done anything, they have challenged some of our idols, and caused the Church to re-evaluate our mission. It seems that a growing number of leaders are now desiring something deeper than producing Sunday church gatherings. Is the Lord speaking to you about taking a[…]

January 7, 2021 Yesterday was another tumultuous day in our nation. I had hoped that 2021 would somehow be more peaceful, but it looks like it’s picking up right where 2020 left off – more protests, more lockdowns, and more instability. And yet the body of Christ does walk to the cadence of culture; we[…]

Dec 17, 2020. Here we are one week prior to Christmas, and I am so glad I understand what the season truly means. You and I have been invited by heaven to the Fathers table, and we have taken our place at that table. And what a life-changing privilege it has been. Yes? The Lord[…]

Dec. 10, 2020. I hate pauses. For people who are progress oriented, having to slow down feels like a death sentence. And yet, an honest perusal of our lives will assuradely reveal many stalls, setbacks & side-steps. It usually takes most of us decades of walking with Jesus to realize there is something very holy[…]

Dec. 3, 2020. Our Lord is actively birthing new things upon the earth every single day. Given that, we must learn to see them, sense them, and help usher them in. However, it is a difficult thing for us to move at the speed of God and flow with His Ways. We are limited beings[…]

Nov 19, 2020. We live in a transitory period in human history. Since the birth of the Industrial Revolution, nuclear families and individuals have branched out to ‘make their own way’. That was a significant departure from the agrarian ideal where multi-generational families worked their farms together throughout the span of their lives. That was[…]