Is What You’re Carrying, What You Really Desire?

One Thursday evening last December brought our first accumulating snow of the season. The next morning my four-year-old son woke up, came bounding into our room, exclaiming, “Look at the snow! It snowed last night! It’s white outside! Mommy and Daddy! You have to get up and see the snow!” My other son, in his 1½-year-old jargon, said in a drawn out tone, “S-N-O-W, W-H-I-T-E S-N-O-W!”  It was one of the most joy-filled and sweet mornings our family had experienced in a long time.

Most mornings are not like that. Normally, I have to drag my body to a sitting posture and wipe the sleep out of my eyes. Then, I have to stretch to get any kind of blood flowing, so that I have the necessary amount of energy to push my body to a standing position. Some mornings I just wake up on the wrong side of the bed, not expecting much for the day and already feeling defeated by it. You too?Continue reading

A Soul Satisfying Encounter

A Soul Satisfying Encounter

Have you ever come to a worship service feeling one way and left with a completely different disposition? Have you come into church feeling discouraged or distracted and left feeling encouraged or focused? Have ever walked through the doors feeling isolated and alone and walked out knowing you have a great God and church community behind you? Have you ever sat down in the seats feeling empty and stood up to leave experiencing a fullness and filling you didn’t know possible?

Often, we think that a change occurred because of the lovely smiles on the nice people we sat around, the songs in worship were ones we love, or even the teacher spoke with great power that particular day. Of course, these are all tools God uses, but what we most likely experienced was the presence of the Living God.Continue reading

Searching for Satisfaction

Searching for Satisfaction

Are you fully satisfied? Would the word content describe you? In the passage  a rich young man comes to Jesus and is looking for some help with his dissatisfaction. He is perplexed, because he has kept all the rules, yet still feels something lacking in his experience of God. It is an honest question. “What do I still lack?” In other words, “what do I need to do; what’s still wrong with me; what will it take?” If the rich young man were alive today, the lyrics to U2’s But I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For might resonate with him.Continue reading