February 14, 2018

In the Bible, we never hear of a man named Lazarus before or after he dies. What we know is that he had two sisters, who were seemingly close with Jesus, and that Jesus waited several days before raising him from the dead. Because of this, we can only infer that a previous relationship was present between the two, but the Bible is trying to show something by introducing this story from seemingly n...

February 8, 2018

I look at my son, Jude, everyday and I'm always so amazed. He is barely two and he already talks and interacts like a 10-year old. He has his own personality and sense of humor and he has an incredible ability to make me feel joy just by existing. Even when I have to get on to him,I still absolutely love him. And it's so strange, even though I've only known him for two years, I can't picture my li...

February 2, 2018

One of the last things Jesus tells his disciples before His crucifixion is that He has a new commandment for them. He says, "...Love one another. Just as I have loved you, love one another. By this, everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another" (John 13:34-35). This is so powerful to me. Jesus is saying that if you show love for others, people will know that you a...

January 31, 2018

Have you ever said the phrase, "Practice what you preach"? I can tell you without any hesitation that I have said those words on more than a few occasions. I, like most everyone else, loathe hypocrisy. There is something that makes my skin crawl when I see or hear it. Unfortunately, this is the very behavior that has soured the world on the church. People hate hypocrites! And, honestly, if we're h...

January 27, 2018

In Matthew 22:36-37, we see a showdown between the Jewish Pharisees and Jesus. They questioned his claims as the son of God, and of course he showed them the proof over and over. But in this particular passage, they, knowing the law, sought to catch Jesus "with his pants down," so to speak when they asked, "Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the law?" He replied boldly and without a mom...

January 23, 2018

As I sat down to right this piece, the image that came to my mind was that of my next door neighbor, so let me describe her for you. First, I would be remiss if I didn't say that she is an absolute sweetheart. She has curly white hair and thick brimmed glasses. She is short and fairly petite. She is constantly on the go, walking our dangerously busy street to cook for events, clean, and attend her...

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