Breaking Free

The Cycle

The moment I turned the keys in the ignition of my first car, I felt free. It was a blue ‘97 Ford Contour, a hand-me-down from my mom. I was 16, a junior in high school, and my license had been burning a hole in my billfold for several months. I adjusted the mirrors, the seat, and the volume (Mom never let the music be loud enough to actually hear the words). I put it in drive. This was the freedom that I’d been anticipating for years. I could go where I wanted, when I wanted (to a certain extent, of course), and I didn’t have to depend on my parents to take me there. Read more →

God Called Me To Cut My Hair

God called me to cut off all my hair.  This may seem like a strange request, but not when you consider what He was really asking me to cut out of my life.  He was asking me to trust in Him only and completely, without relying on anything or anyone else to validate me.  He was asking to be my only source of comfort and strength and to realize that nothing else could satisfy me. Read more →

Passion: God Risen For Us

Hope. It echoed through the morning air as the women reached Peter and John and the rest, stammering with breathless excitement. Read more →

Passion: God Slain By Us

Join us this week as we look toward the cross and the empty tomb– Jesus’ death and resurrection. Our posts this week will follow some of the events leading up to Good Friday and Easter Sunday, as well as explore what these events and their implications mean to us. It all points to Jesus. Read more →

Passion: God With Us (Part IV)

Join us this week as we look toward the cross and the empty tomb– Jesus’ death and resurrection. Our posts this week will follow some of the events leading up to Good Friday and Easter Sunday, as well as explore what these events and their implications mean to us. It all points to Jesus. Read more →

Passion: God With Us (Part III)

Join us this week as we look toward the cross and the empty tomb– Jesus’ death and resurrection. Our posts this week will follow some of the events leading up to Good Friday and Easter Sunday, as well as explore what these events and their implications mean to us. It all points to Jesus. Read more →

Passion: God With Us (Part II)

Join us this week as we look toward the cross and the empty tomb– Jesus’ death and resurrection. Our posts this week will follow some of the events leading up to Good Friday and Easter Sunday, as well as explore what these events and their implications mean to us. It all points to Jesus.  Read more →

Passion: God With Us

Join us this week as we look toward the cross and the empty tomb– Jesus’ death and resurrection. Our posts this week will follow some of the events leading up to Good Friday and Easter Sunday, as well as explore what these events and their implications mean to us. It all points to Jesus. 

While Jesus’ triumphal entry into Jerusalem (Matthew 21; Mark 11; Luke 19; John 12) is exciting, it’s also eerie. We rejoice when we think about people praising Jesus– making Him a one man parade, waving palm leaves, laying their coats out on the ground before Him, shouting “Hosanna!” and expressing their joy that their rescuer was there, in front of them. Yet, merely days later, many of these same people were likely among a crowd with a much different response to Jesus. Instead of “Hosanna!,” they would be shouting, “Crucify!” These people thought they knew who Jesus was, but they really had no idea. Read more →

Rest From War

Sometimes the Old Testament really gets me down. When I finished the entire book of Deuteronomy the other day, I was bone weary of war. Then I turn to Joshua, and what do you know? More combat. There’s only so much carnage this former flower child can take. Read more →

Prayer: Regimen or Relationship?

Two thoughts come to mind when you write about prayer.  The first is, “Who am I to talk about prayer?” I prayed for Baylor to win last week and watched them get blown out.  Apparently, my prayers don’t work well.  The second is, “Great, I get to be the hypocrite that makes everyone feel guilty because they don’t pray enough.” Most of us feel both of those things on the inside, don’t we? Read more →