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“Therefore be imitators of God, as beloved children. And walk in love, as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us, a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God.” Ephesians 5:1 In these simple words, the Apostle Paul gives us a command to obey and a pattern...

When my daughters were in high school, they played on the soccer team. Game after game we parents would sit in the stands and shout out encouragement. Our team needed a lot of encouragement. When the game wasn’t going our way, one sweet, upbeat, optimistic parent...

I hope you will not be confused Sunday when we consider the Triumphal Entry a week after we celebrated Easter. If you are not familiar with the Gospels and the way the church marks the high points of Jesus’ ministry, here is a quick overview. At...

One of the most difficult things to trust is that God’s timing is for his glory and our good. The basis of this trust is the relationship we have with God. By grace through faith in Christ, God is our Father. We are his children. He...

“My sheep hear my voice,” Jesus said (John 10:16, 27). Well, I am one of Jesus’ sheep, but I admit that hearing his voice has been a topic of much consideration and confusion for me. The thought of hearing a voice in my ear telling me good things...

I wonder if Jesus’ teaching on the good shepherd in John 10 seems relevant to today’s church. With all the challenges we are facing culturally, politically, and theologically, the image of a shepherd holding a furry little lamb doesn’t appear to hold much by way of instruction...

Don’t let the title throw you. I don’t mean “leaving church” as in finding another one. Or leaving church to never attend again. By “leaving church,” I mean being sent out after the weekly gathering of the congregation to live for God’s glory in the...

Last week, I wrote about preparing for church. This week, let’s think about attending church. There was a day when I didn’t give much attention to why and how I went to church. Looking back, I would say the reason I attended church was because that...

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