Times & Seasons

For everything there is a season,
and time for every matter under heaven.
-ECCLESIASTES 3:15 (ESV)
 
THE SEASON OF CHANGE IS UPON US.  The trees and plants have awakened from their winter’s sleep.  Seniors have made their final walk down the halls of their respective schools, receiving their hard-earned diplomas. Spring is about to slip into summer.  Day after day,  week after week, year after year the earth turns and brings with each turn inevitable changes—some of them welcome, others not; some of them needed, others not; some of them to be embraced, others rejected. Read more…


Courage to Be Different

But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation,
a people belonging to God, that you may declare the praises of Him who called you
out of darkness, into His wonderful light.”
-1 Peter 2:9 (NIV)
 

IF YOU HAVEN’T NOTICED, nearly every aspect of our calendars is ordered around the rhythm of the school year.  We even program much of our church calendar with sensitivity to what happens on our school campuses.  Big yellow people movers, we call “school buses” (I used to drive one), keep us constantly alert and aware of the precious cargo they carry. Read more…



Always Prepared

“We must quickly carry out the tasks assigned to us by the One who sent us.
The night is coming, and then no one can work.”

-John 9:4 (NLT)
 

BEING CAUGHT UNPREPARED is a most uncomfortable and embarrassing situation and can be quite costly, or even deadly, depending on the nature of that situation.  Yet knowing this, we still often find ourselves unprepared for many of the curve balls life throws at us.  Read more…



Courage to Stand

The king of Egypt said to the Hebrew midwives, whose names were
Shiphrah and Puah, “When you help the Hebrew women in childbirth and
observe them on the delivery stool, if it is a boy, kill him; but if it is a girl, let her
live.”  The midwives, however, feared God and did not do as the king
of Egypt had told them to do; they let the boys live.
-Exodus 1:15-17
 
WITH THE SNOW THAT CAME THIS PAST WEEKEND walking to the car at the head of our driveway has become rather risky business.  To start with, the ground was not frozen when then snow came, so the lower few inches of snow were a little wet and slushy. After driving in and out of the driveway several times the snow is now quite packed down.  With the daytime thaws and the nighttime freezes, it didn’t take long for the driveway to become treacherously uneven, icy and slippery.


Thanks, I Needed That

And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works,
 not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another,
 and all the more as you see the Day drawing near.

-Hebrews 10:24-25

LIFE IS SOMETIMES HARD.  Storms and challenges seem to rise out of nowhere.  Sometimes the rains are gentle and sometimes the skies open wide and pour out torrents, much like the rains we experienced in town just this past week—at least over my house.

Then there are seasons that leave us dry and parched, and a single spark would threaten to destroy us.   Read more…