Notes from the Trail

Life, adventure and faith from southwest Virginia

A Jesus Christmas

Trite Christmas expressions like “Jesus is the reason for the season” are true – but they lack the power of a personal expression of how much Jesus means to you. Sing. Declare. Proclaim. Here’s my own inadequate attempt to point to Jesus this season and to lend a note to the global chorus that Jesus loves me.

Four responses to Jesus at Christmas

Christmas is not just about Jesus. It requires RESPONSE to Jesus. Here are four responses we see in the first Christmas. What is yours?

Giving Tuesday.. not a time for leftovers

A quick peek at the history behind #GivingTuesday reveals it’s a successful social initiative begun in 2012. Help foster generosity by giving yourself and then sharing about the organizations you’re supporting and why.

The humility of Thanksgiving

Embracing humility is the only path to experiencing true Thanksgiving. A leper can teach us more than a turkey.

D28 – enjoying “small” in discipleship

Discipleship is essential for every single follower of Jesus. How are you involved in being discipled or in discipling someone else? Our church created a small group discipleship ministry called D28 that I have loved being a part of.

Is Facebook listening to your phone calls?

The “Reply All” podcast did some research and attempted to get to the bottom of whether Facebook listens in on your phone calls. Anecdotal evidence provided by interviews and podcast listeners who called in for the episode will make you think twice.

Life Hack: Get Pocket

Life Hack: Ever find yourself overwhelmed by all the content you read on the web? Feel like you’re missing important stuff but can’t slow down? Try this app!

For the Love of Money

I recently preached a sermon on Money – our use, misuse and abuse of it and examined why the Bible says that the love of money is the root of all sorts of evil. Check it out if and tell me if we fulfilled our promise to “pull no punches in an all-out attack on faulty thinking, greed and fear related to our finances.”

Tithe your social media influence

Social media isn’t going away. At all. Rather than being mastered by it, we should seek to be stewards of it. Have you ever considered tithing your social media influence?

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