The Hope of all Things New

This past December I had the opportunity to hike some beautiful trails in the Smoky Mountains of Tennessee.  The scenery was gorgeous and I relished the views that differ so greatly from my homeland of Northwest Ohio.  As my eyes rested on the rolling hills and waterfalls, my heart was filled with gratitude and IContinue reading “The Hope of all Things New”

Denial and Invitation: Peter’s Story and Ours

I’ve always liked Peter.  That guy was all in.  He stepped out of the boat to walk on water and he knew that Jesus was the Christ.  He also cut a guard’s ear off during Jesus’ arrest in the garden.  He was so confident that he was always right.  And he was so sure thatContinue reading “Denial and Invitation: Peter’s Story and Ours”

Fully, Finally, Completely

“It is finished.”  These three words declared the free gift of our salvation.  Yet, these three words are almost too wonderful to fathom; for they are the words that tell us the work has been completed- and there is nothing we can add.  Try as we might, that truth is immovable.     And so uncomfortable.   BecauseContinue reading “Fully, Finally, Completely”

A Call to Abide: The Quenching of a Rebellious Spirit

I’m not what most people would call a rebel.  I follow the rules, prefer order and schedules, and generally like to color inside the lines.  Yet somehow all of this changes when I sit in the driver’s seat of my car.  For whatever reason, I cannot bring myself to simply drive in accordance with thoseContinue reading “A Call to Abide: The Quenching of a Rebellious Spirit”

Goals and Growing Pains

Google tells me that approximately 50 percent of the U.S. population makes New Years’ resolutions.  While I prefer to think I make goals rather than “resolutions,” I guess you could put me in that category.  And while you’re at it, you might as well add me to the 38 percent of the resolution-makers who resolveContinue reading “Goals and Growing Pains”