A Carolina Christmas

As I wound down the narrow road, I felt anticipation build. Every bend of the foliage and arc of the bridges increased my expectancy. When the shuttle bus rounded the last corner, I gasped as the 55-foot-tall Norway spruce and encircling evergreens illuminated the front lawn. Over a century ago, landscape architect Frederick Law Olmsted suggested this spectacular approach to …

It’s Coming

Revival is currently in the hearts and minds of many believers. We’ve heard the accounts of the outpouring at Asbury University and seen the videos of the actual services. As this movement began to spread to other campuses, the movie Jesus Revolution opened on the big screen to remind us of the “One Way” revival of the 1970s. History testifies …

Shutting out Distractions

“When you have shut your door, pray to your Father who is in secret” (Matthew 6:6). How often do I really “shut the door” in private prayer? Multiple device media has retrained our minds to expect distractions. Giving God full attention seems near impossible in our day. If we could only turn back the clock to when life proved simpler.  …

The Simplicity of Church

Easter Sunday just got very simple, didn’t it? In fact, church in general is so much easier. What once involved dressing, driving, and greeting now merely necessitates a decision. Will I continue in the body of Christ? The stage, the seats, the sound equipment, the cords, the coffee, the child-care, all have become irrelevant. Will I continue to be the …

Sacrificing My Praise

  What if each time someone celebrated my skills Or expertise, I re-gifted the applause to the Father Instead of desiring an encore ovation?    What if each time someone praised my wisdom Or education, I returned the accolade to the Lord Instead of celebrating with a personal party?   What if each time my child scored a goal, made the grade, Or won an award, I restored the …

The Focus of Christmas

    “He’s not still a baby.”   Here in this season where we remember the birth of Christ, it’s sometimes hard to remember the grown up Jesus that we serve.    Maybe it’s easier to adore a tender baby than a mature Spirit.    God is Spirit and those that worship Him must do so with their spiritual being …

Worship

Worship with voices around the world.   In multiple languages.   How Great is Our God!                 ———————– More in this series: “Don’t Worry About It” So How Can I Just Stop Worrying? Worrisome Roots Change Your Future Worship Toss Away the Worry .