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Life, adventure and faith from southwest Virginia

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Spiritual Markers

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?

#Loveyourwork?

It’s wonderful when we love our work. But should it be an expectation or “norm,” or is it a blessing? And how can we be good stewards of our job-loving around those who may not enjoy theirs?

Need wind in your sails?

Sometimes we find ourselves “stuck.” We drift from initial discomfort to eventual despondency. We long for something to happen, for a break to come our way, for our circumstances to change. I’ve found one principle that has helped me immensely when I find myself in the doldrums.

Sunday mornings

Reviewing a sermon on Sunday mornings is more challenging when events like #Charlottesville demand a response. The message of Jesus is not less important for current events like these but more powerfully relevant.

Mowing to country music

The last few times I’ve mowed, I’ve listened to country music. It’s been an amazing combination. Mowing is therapeutic for me. It’s one of the few things that I do in life that I get to see instant results. There’s… Continue Reading →

Even if…

It’s hard to genuinely BELIEVE. Sometimes the night is most dark and the trials most deep that they obscure our vision. It’s in such moments that God is most near. We may not see or sense Him, but He is there. It’s the sweaty, relentless duty of our mind to recall and to remember His promises, by faith. Even if you can’t see, He is there.

God’s steadfast love

The steadfast love of God means that we can rest secure in our relationship with God even when we ourselves are not steadfast. Even when our circumstances are unstable. And even when our minds race with anxiety and fear.

Reflections on Good Friday, Easter and the Virginia Tech shooting

In our culture, April 15 is always awful, simply because it’s Tax Day. However, when the church calendar falls like it does today, this “in-between” day can be a day of sober yet joyful reflection. It’s in-between Good Friday and Easter. In addition, for those of us in Blacksburg, Virginia, it is a weekend of remembrance. It’s the 10-year anniversary of the Virginia Tech shootings that killed 32.

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