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Navigating the Twists and Turns of Life

“In a half mile turn around.” I GOT IT TOM! GPS… Such a wonderful tool to get us where we need to go. As a man, I am supposed to be excellent with directions or at least act like I am a brilliant navigator. Put me on the road and I will lead us to where we need to go! Well, that’s not really true in my case. In fact, sometimes I find it impressive I can navigate to places…

Satan and His Demons

Kevin Spacey plays a cringing, weak character in the movie, The Usual Suspects. He’s part of a group that’s been hired by the mysterious Keyser Soze to pull off a heist. Keyser Soze is a mysterious criminal mastermind that no one has ever met before. The group isn’t even certain that Soze exists. The plot unfolds from the point of view of Kevin Spacey, who has been caught by the police, having been scapegoated by the others. As he tells…

Let Me Go Home

Home. What is home? The word home is used in many different contexts, but which context is true? What do you think of when someone says “home?” Is it a house? A place? Is it the comfort of certain people? I have seen quite a few posts and comments across social media these last four weeks about coming home. “Good to be home!” “Wish we weren’t going home yet.” Etc… But it was one post this week that really tugged…

The Holy Spirit

What a whirlwind few weeks! My family was sick leading up to Christmas, healthy for a couple of days, then sick again starting the Saturday after Christmas. My son and I ended up with a virus that gave us a fever and severe exhaustion among other symptoms for six days. As I was finally coming out of it all, we got sucker-punched: we received news of the tragic death of a great man and friend, Christopher Hartnett. The news was…

Let The Resolutions Begin!

  Ahhh New Year’s… Everything beginning anew. The chance to start over; perhaps the chance to start healing. Maybe for you it’s a chance to start a new job, embark upon a new family journey whether through marriage or a newborn or even through harder situations with divorce or loss of a loved one. As I sat here trying to determine what God placed on my heart to write to you about, I couldn’t help but think of the resolutions…

Spiritual Warfare

I have been a Christian for as long as I can remember. I was told (and believed) that Jesus loves me as early as two years old. And I have a bit of a “Susie Sunshine” outlook on life—always have. So, for many, many years, although I knew the Devil was real, I sort of ignored that reality. Didn’t like to think about it. Didn’t want to talk about it. Foolish. As I have aged (all the way to 54,…

Christmas Joy All Year Long

This is a guest post by Sandra Brese Rice. It is meant to be a devotion for use on New Year’s Eve, or for the days leading up to it. For more great devotional resources, check out Bethesda Lutheran Communities. But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news of great joy. It is for all the people. Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you. He is Christ…

Christmas Joy

There’s an old idiom you’ve probably heard before: One man’s trash is another man’s treasure. We see this all the time as we shop at garage sales, or have our own. Inevitably, someone will inexplicably be selling the most amazing thing, or be overjoyed at the junk I have for sale. It’s fascinating that this is true of Christmas too. The birth of Jesus was a great treasure for many, but some saw it as trash. Consider King Herod: Then…

Welcoming Peace in the Emergency Room

And he will be our peace. Micah 5:5a When I had my first panic attack, I had no idea what was going on. Confused and terrified, I spent most of that night in the ER. While I waited to be admitted, I noticed a young man with red hair who was also waiting. We were the only two in the waiting area, and we were both there for at least half an hour, me experiencing the end of a three…

Counting Down to Christmas

I don’t know about you, but there’s some excitement in our house about Christmas. In fact, we’re so excited about Christmas that we have four different countdowns going. There’s the Lego™ Advent Calendar, the digital advent calendar, a paper chain from Eli’s preschool class, and an Advent devotional book in the evening. As we flip pages, build creations, or tear strips from the chain, the excitement grows. Soon, it will be Christmas day. There will be presents to open, family…