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"Act justly, love mercy, and walk humbly with your God" (Micah 6:8)

Snatching Others from the Fire

The Dallas Morning News carried a story with this headline: “Nurse dies saving patient from house fire.” This home nurse was a 64-year-old trying to save her 71-year-old paraplegic patient from the flames of a house fire in Louisiana. She tried to wheel her patient’s...

Look at the Birds: Kingdom Trust

Of all the things Jesus ever tells us to do, this one may be the easiest of them all: "Look at the birds" (Matthew 6:26). Before you look it up, I will go ahead and tell you there is more to the verse. There is always an important reason Jesus tells us to do...

Amazing Grace: Baptized into a Life of Freedom

Every now and then someone who is new to the faith of Christ can struggle. As they are taking their first steps down the road of following Jesus, the road can get a little rocky. There is a lot to learn. There is a lot to unlearn! I heard a story that illustrates both...

Swimming with the Sharks in Galveston

Our family made a trip down to Galveston a few weeks ago. It was a great time, and filled with unfamiliar things. For example, on the way down, we stopped at a DQ and actually ate inside the restaurant. It was the first time we had done that in about two months, due...

A Word For Days that End in “Y”

A few months ago, I wanted to be able to connect with our church family when our ability to get together wasn't possible due to the coronavirus shutdown. Many people were worried, and we had entered a time of uncertainty. What could I do? An idea I decided to try was...

L1, L2: The Heart of Following Jesus

If there is a key to following Jesus, wouldn't you want to know what it is? The good news is, there is a key like that. The better news is that Jesus made it clear to find, giving us an orientation to the whole Bible and to the will of his Father in heaven. One place...

Zoom in on Good Cheer

Is it okay to laugh when things are bad? If what you are doing is serious, does that mean you can’t smile?  I was reading an article recently from the Wall Street Journal that made me think about our need for good humor (“The Secret Group of Scientists and...

Growing at the Speed of Glaciers

Eugene Peterson relates the following description of the formation of a glacier: A glacier is the most powerful force the world has ever seen. Nothing, literally nothing, can stop a glacier. A glacier is formed by the falling of snow that accumulates over a period of...