Jesus Did It. Shouldn’t We?

“At daybreak Jesus went out to a solitary place…” Luke 4:42 “Jesus often withdrew to lonely places and prayed.” Luke 5:16 “One of those days Jesus went out to a mountainside to pray, and spent the night praying to God.” Luke 6:12 Jesus knew how to take timely breaks to replenish his soul. He was the master at […]

Kick Me

Do you remember those crazy kick-me signs. Perhaps you were the bully that  put them on other people’s backs unaware. Worse yet, like myself, you may have be the recipient of one of those not-so-gentle reminders. (I’m not bitter or anything)! The Bibles says this in Hebrews 10:24-25: “Let us consider how we may spur […]

Be Kind

There is an ancient legend about a monk who found a very precious jewel. Later the monk met a traveler, who said he was hungry and asked if he would share some of his provisions. When the monk opened his bag, the traveler saw the precious stone and, on an impulse, asked if he could […]

Purpose-Driven Jesus

In Luke 4 we read of Jesus, full of the Spirit, entering Capernaum. This included a visit to Simon’s house and the healing of his mother-in-law. After a long stretch of ministry (not to mention the temptation in the wilderness and travel from Nazareth), Jesus went into a solitary (quiet) place. The crowds followed him […]

Because You Asked: Best Books

Whenever I meet up with lead pastors, planters, youth ministers, and other Christians the topic of “What are ya reading?” comes up. I then go into my deer-in-a-head-lights look because I have a horrible memory.  It’s not that I DON’T READ.  Far from it. I read like a freak. If I only read one book […]

Mary, Seven Demons & Extravagant Giving

There’s something about Mary. She was one of the LAST people to see Jesus laid into the tomb. And then she was the FIRST individual to encounter the Risen Christ. After the Sabbath, Mary Magdalene, along with another Mary and Salome, brought spices to the tomb of Jesus in order to anoint him. These would […]

Break the Jar

Over the last handful of weeks I’ve been blogging on the topic of stewardship as seen through various chapters in the Book of Mark. I’ve hit on chapters 2, 4, 6, 8, 10, 12 and now…you guessed it…14. Mark 14 has story about a woman that was at Simon the Leper’s house at the same time Jesus […]

100% Heart

Ah, April. April gives us lots of rain showers (oh, wait…that’s pretty much the case every month in Oregon). April gives us the season opener for baseball. And April gives us Tax Day. Taxes. Taxes. Taxes. In Mark 12, some Pharisees and Herodians asked Jesus a huge question: “Should we pay taxes to Caesar or shouldn’t we?” […]

What We’ve Learned from Eileen Fehlen

Since the sudden passing of my mom, Eileen Fehlen, I and the rest of my family have received literally thousands of messages, calls, notes and…the most prevalent of all…Facebook messages! We love Facebook. Each message and memory posted has been special, but there was one that really captured the essence of my Mom. If you […]