Love and Time: Nurturing Our Spiritual Journey
February 21st, 2024
As we journey through life, we are often challenged to reflect on the nature of our spirituality and where we invest our life energy. Recently, I came across a powerful message that resonated deeply with me, and I feel compelled to share it with all of you.The message revolves around the idea that each one of us has a spirituality, whether we acknowledge it or not. It suggests that our spiritualit...
HORIZONTAL AND VERTICAL LOVE
February 14th, 2024
“And now these three remain: faith, hope, and love. But the greatest of these is love.”1 Corinthians 13:13 Today, we celebrate “Ash Wednesday,” the beginning of Lent, where Christians around the world begin a season of prayer, fasting, and charity giving that ends on Holy Thursday. It is a period of preparation to celebrate the Lord’s resurrection at Easter. One of our main focuses during this Len...
Hineni: Here I Am Exodus 3: 1-4
February 7th, 2024
During my school days, attendance was taken every morning and marked in the roll book. Being punctual and attentive, I always waited for my name to be called. When my name was called, I would say either "Present" or "Here," or I could raise one arm to indicate my presence. The phrase "here or present" showed that we were physically present in school, and the teacher would mark us as such in the ro...
Who Packs Your Parachute?
January 31st, 2024
Charles Plum, a U.S. Naval Academy graduate, was a jet fighter pilot in Vietnam. After 75 combat missions, his plane was destroyed by a surface-to-air missile. Plumb ejected and parachuted into enemy hands. He was captured and spent six years in a Communist prison. He survived that ordeal and now lectures about lessons learned from that experience.One day, when Plumb and his wife were sitting in a...
January 24th, 2024
Scripture: James 1:2-4 NIV "Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything."What happens when our "still place" is not peaceful? What happens when we are stuck in an unpleasant place? Whether it ...
See Through the Eyes of Grace
January 17th, 2024
During last night’s small group discussion on 1 Corinthians 6:12-14 and 19-20, one member made a profound statement: “We need to give ourselves grace.” This reminder immediately brought to mind the story of Elisa.Elisa was an amazing woman who always put her community first. She worked tirelessly to help others but was very hard on herself. Every day, she would stand in front of the mirror and cri...
STAY ON COURSE
January 10th, 2024
God spared our lives to see this New Year. With the New Year comes lots of resolutions. Some resolutions will be kept, while others will fall by the wayside. We always start the New Year strong with good intentions, making promises to read the Bible daily, exercise more, love more, eat healthy, etc. However, the Bible teaches us that our physical health is equally as important as our spiritual he...
Epiphany: God’s Transformative Light
January 3rd, 2024
The people walking in darkness have seen a great light; on those living in the land of deep darkness, a light has dawned.” -Isaiah 9:2 (NIV)Epiphany is a significant event in the church calendar, celebrated on January 6th. It commemorates the arrival of three wise men who brought gifts for Jesus at his birth. This celebration continues until Lent. ‘Epiphany’ means a revelation, defined by Merriam-...
ARE YOU IN NEUTRAL OR DRIVE?
December 27th, 2023
What is the point of having the neutral gear in a vehicle? Neutral is necessary because when you inevitably have your car shut off and have to push it, neutral works great, as the engine is not connected to the wheels. Most drive-through car washes have an automotive system that the car must be placed in neutral gear to move and stop the vehicle fluidly through the scrubs.For those of us who drive...
Rejoice, Rejoice | Joy
December 20th, 2023
My soul magnifies the Lord, and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior, for he has looked with favor on the lowliness of his servant. Surely, from now on all generations will call me blessed; for the Mighty One has done great things for me, and holy is his name. His mercy is for those who fear him from generation to generation. He has shown strength with his arm; he has scattered the proud in the tho...