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?” […]

Fully-Loaded Camel

In Mark 10 there is a character that we don’t have a name for…only three descriptions… Rich. Young. Ruler.  These descriptions are not all found in one place, however.  All the Gospels call him Rich, but only Matthew 19:20 denotes that he is Young. And, only in Luke 18:18 do we discover that he is a Ruler. Rich. He had affluence. Young. He […]

Power of Reflection & Anticipation

“Don’t you remember?” Muse on this question. “Don’t you remember?” This is the question that Jesus asked his disciples in Mark 8. It came on the heels of two HUGE food distribution efforts. One was for a group of 5000 men (see Mark 6) and the next was for a smaller group of 4000 men. […]

You Give Them Something To Eat

Have you ever been WAY OVER YOUR HEAD? Have you ever been challenged by the Lord to do something that you knew would stretch you? How about times when you really had to lean into Jesus for strength and wisdom because you were outside of your pay grade? These kinds of situations happen to me […]

The Small Seeds that Grew

Last week I began writing a series of blogs on the topics of giving, resources, generosity and our possessions. I love these topics. Most pastors, however, shy away from talking about these important aspects of following Jesus for fear of offending or being labeled as a money grabber. The majority of The Church has been […]

Below the Waterline

I love the Word of God. is so powerful. It is so applicable to our lives. It is so…well…alive. Hebrews 4:12 instructs that “the word of God is living and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the […]

Moses, Widows and Disciple-Making

For my daily devotions I follow the Life Journal Bible Reading plan. If I am consistent (which isn’t always the case) than I will read the Old Testament once and the New Testament twice a year. I’ve been doing this for a number of years, which means I get “knocked around” by the  Scriptures on […]

Acts 24: The Patience of Paul

“When two years had elapsed, Felix was succeeded by Porcius Festus. And desiring to do the Jews a favor, Felix left Paul in prison.” Acts 24:27 Things seemed to be looking up. It appeared as if Felix’s heart was warming. Paul was given an opportunity to present his case before Felix the Governor and things […]

Acts 10: God’s General Contractors

Recently my wife and I were driving past a construction zone where a new middle school was being built near our home. We were amazed at how fast the structure was going up and the degree of expertise it would require to pull off such a feat. The foundation was huge and the steel beams […]