The Postures of Jesus

The biblical passage of John 8 captures the famous story of the woman caught in adultery. I’ve read this portion of scripture dozens of times over my lifetime and have always been drawn to Jesus’ grace, clarity of thought and balance. Interestingly, this passage has been referred a bunch over the last few weeks at West […]

Lean into the Lord

Henri Nouwen says “the word ‘discipline’ means ‘the effort to create some space in which God can act.’” I think the Christian’s most important move is to step aside and give God the proper room to do what He does best. You see, we are completely dependent upon Him. We may not realize or accept it, […]

Knocking on Heaven’s Door

Recently I was reading Luke 18 in my daily devotions. Jesus told a parable about a widow that wouldn’t leave a judge alone. He taught this parable to show his disciples (that’s us, by the way) that they always pray and not give up. If you have your Bible nearby I encourage you to read […]

How to Lose 100 Pounds in 2 Hours!

How to Lose 100 Pounds in 2 Hours! If you read this ad would you pay attention? A while ago I was given one of those daily calendars. It has a different church bulletin blooper on each day. One of the bloopers caught my attention. “Our church will present a series of classes on various […]

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 […]

A Spirit-Filled Partnership

The following blog is a repost of something I wrote in 2010. I, along with many in my church use the LIfe Journal devotional Bible reading plan, so every year we read the same passage right around the same time. Undoubtedly, the Word of God is powerful and active, because once again it pierced my heart as […]

Listen Up

2013 is nearly upon us (I’m writing this post on December 31, 2012).   This is the time in which many people, myself included, give mental ascent to resolutions, life-change, habits and goals. It’s the perfect time for reflection AND anticipation.   Reflection of the past year. Anticipation of the coming season.   As you […]

One/Two Punch

Recently I was sitting in one of our local coffee shops having my devotional time…but I wasn’t alone. To my right was a young leader from West Salem Foursquare reading her Bible. At my table was our youth pastor digging into the Scripture (and occasionally checking his Twitter account). Then about 20 minutes later one […]

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 […]

The Anatomy of an Absalom

Poor Absalom.  His very name has become synonymous with being a deceiver and a corrupt usurper of authority.  It’s gotta be like having the name Judas or Jezebel. You pretty much have a bad-rap from the get-go. Absalom was the third son of King David. 2 Samuel 14:25 refers to him as the most handsome man […]