• Experiencing God The Satisfier (Part Two)

    Psalm 34: 8 says to “Taste and see that the Lord is good.” It just means to experience God, that He is in fact good.  God is saying: “I’m a Satisfier. Experience Me.” We want people to experience a spiritual meal and think: This is what I always needed. This was what was missing in my life…to have the spiritual meals that will nourish my inner most being. He’s Satisfier. A Prayer of Unity: (The church is a crockpot.) Show us what we can take out of storage, something out of the pantry, something we’ve been storing away, and put it on the counter. Something that’s in the fridge that we can pull out…

  • Turn that page- 2

    Look at “it” from the other side. Now write: OBEDIENT and WILLING and FREE.  We are on the “God can” page. Can you see the good that’s ahead of you as you merge with the right belief system? As you take on a new mission? Guilt sometimes comes from doing things we know we need to stop. Courage takes its place in that moment and says you’re not going under. We know the other choices are always going to be available… disobedience, unwillingness, and pridefulness. But that’s not what we’re putting on the paper.  Zech. 4:10 is a “God can” message. It says to not despise small beginnings, for the Lord…

  • More Than Milk

    Let’s put our “hope in God, who richly provides us with everything for our enjoyment.” 1 Tim. 6:17 Milk isn’t all there is! “Everything” is all there is. As Christians, we can have the more. But so often, we choose much less than we could have. We don’t want to be stingy and we sure don’t want to appear greedy, so we just stick with fluids. Liquids. And…pacifiers. Anytime I see a baby with a bottle, a pacifier is almost always also within reach. They’re enjoying life right now but wait until they find out meat, veggies, bread, juice, and sweets exist! They want more when they know that more…

  • Holding Hearts

    Anesthesiologists settle and sedate. The sternum is sawed through. All kinds of intricate procedures are done for bypass. Many of the tools and sutures are tiny. From time to time when not passing instruments, sponges, or sutures, I was asked to “hold the heart.” When I mention this, people picture someone standing there with two hands and holding a human heart. But to actually hold the heart, I had to be able to squeeze between doctors and other assistants and put my left hand exactly where they needed it for the success of the surgery to continue. This is often for a crucial portion of time in the middle of…

  • Light-Minded

    One of our greatest challenges is to be light minded. Some of us are naturally heavy thinkers. I’m not talking about being frivolous or its opposite which is thinking heavy thoughts. I’m speaking of the path of righteousness. “The path of the righteous is like the light of dawn, which shines brighter and brighter until full day.” When I “set my mind on things above,” I am directing my attention off trivial matters and serious attitudes. What’s up? Above us are skies of blue or gray. Airy, uncluttered, free space, creation. Not many man-made items are that high up. Right now as I type this in our hotel room, I…

  • Double Trouble

    What most people don’t consider is Luke 12:48. “To whom much is given, much will be required.” Elisha, Joseph, Hannah and Job went through double trouble. They had a double dose of reality, loss, and extreme trials. They each had their fair share of hard times. What gifts or blessings have you been given? “Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms.” (1 Peter 4:10) He gives us much, to glorify His name with it, and to be a blessing with what’s been given. The plan has been for us to make it through our…

  • Make a Sound- part 6

    Your heartache can accomplish deep ministry in someone else. Jesus went to the cross and accomplished that for us. It was only when we knew about it, that it became our healing comfort. You need to make a sound. Out of Jesus’ agony, He made a sound: “Father, it is finished!” This sound sent vibrations throughout the earth and connected us with heaven’s army. I’ve had the privilege of mentoring people already this year, to share their stories! It’s a great feeling to aid those who don’t know how to put their story into “good” words. God has made some promises to us. He will see us through. The way…

  • Make a Sound- part 5

    I’ve taken extra care and attention delivering the messages here because this series has been so important to me. One Sunday night almost twenty-seven years ago, my Pastor, who is now my Father-in-law, gave people the chance to give a testimony. It was one of the first places I ever told what I faced as a teen. It was also the first time I sensed a true shift in the story of my life. It began to take on new meaning. From that point on, it took on a different sense of direction than I even knew was possible. Your voice is welcomed by God and He’s not holding a…

  • Make a Sound- part 4

    Watch what happens when you tell your story. Practice sharing one part of it at first. Then add in other portions of it as time goes by. You’ll be astounded at how allowing your story to be told, will influence your own ears and heart. You will wonder why you waited so long to tell it. You will be free of the fear that kept it hidden and shut off. We’re all just humans. Your sound can make a change. It can give someone hope. It will help heal your own soul. There’s a sound coming from heaven that’s bold enough to find it’s way through our brokenness. That sound…

  • Make a Sound- part 3

    Ears, contrary to the way some have put it, are not an “evolutionary innovation” but rather an incredible creation “that allows us to register sound waves in the air around us and process them as information. And it is not “magically” but amazingly planned out, “that ears give us the ability to sense even slight sound waves so that it can usually tell us exactly where the sound is coming from and what the meaning of it is. And it enables us to talk.” Though I don’t believe ears have just magically evolved over time but that they were made precise from the beginning, I do think our distinct voice…