• The Bottomline

    Years ago when we were student ministry pastors, my husband named the youth group “Bottomline” Ministries. We wanted youth to know and to think about the things that are truly important. We wanted to be sure they were taught that they matter to Jesus. We wanted to make it a habit for them to define Christ as the most valued relationship point in their life, to understand why He gives us meaning, and to believe He can bring them to a final fulfilled result one day- A hopeful outcome of living and being. What Jesus said and did is still greatly impactful to the degree that we must focus our…

  • Experiencing God The Satisfier (Part One)

    Does someone you know (Example: your kids) go and stand at the pantry and say: “There is nothing to eat”?! Do they stand in front of the fridge with the door wide open and say: “There isn’t anything here for me“?! Have you known anyone that says those same things when they come stand in church? It’s just hard for them to see what’s there- what could be good for them? They wonder what is in store and where the hidden things of God are located. Sometimes we get focused on what is not there rather than what is. Maybe we don’t see anything for us to experience or eat.…

  • Make it official.

    If you haven’t had a talk with God about current situations, make it official. “The Israelites went up to Bethel and inquired of God.” (Judges 20:18) In the previous chapter, a wicked, outrageous thing had happened that caused someone to die. So the Israelites were speaking out about it, trying to punish those guilty (the Benjamites) of the act, and purge the evil from Israel. The battle began. It wasn’t looking good for the Israelites; they were losing men left and right. A second and third time, the Israelites go and inquire of the Lord. Verse 23 says they went up and wept before the Lord until evening. Then in…

  • Fix my Focus

    When it’s Winter time and the Spring clothing line emails start coming in…fix my focus. When plenty of issues surround my family and then report cards show up in the mail box…fix my focus. When the clutter doesn’t clean up fast enough and unknown boxes just got delivered to my front door…fix my focus! The things right in front of our faces get all the attention! And they pop up out of nowhere. Everywhere. They jump in front of everything and everyone else. They become our focus. Transient things move around. They don’t stay a long time so we think we have to deal with it all at this very…