An Idea for this December…Where is Baby Jesus?

Where is Baby Jesus? We have five nativity sets up at our house for the coming Christmas season.  It used to be three sets, but I keep adding. At first glance, they look very normal.  However, […]

Long Haul People

Long Haul People I am fortunate to come from a line of what you might call “Long Haul” people.  My Dad, except for three years in the Air Force, worked the same job his entire […]

His Grace

I was reflecting this morning on my journey of faith throughout the years. I came to Christ when I was 15 years old and I never could have imagined the opportunities, places, people and experiences […]

Healthy Things Grow

Years ago, an older pastor shared with our pastoral staff that, “healthy things grow.”  It impacted me at the time and continues to impact me now.  Have you ever noticed that healthy things grow?  Plants, […]


Where is my treasure? Coming from a family of “keepers,” I kind of like to store up things.  (food, clothes, dishes, etc.) Imagine Jesus speaking these words to you in person: (Matt. 6:19-21 says,) “Do not […]

Friendly Mentors

Be imitators of me as I am of Christ. 1 Corinthians 11:1 Give instructionto a wise man, and he will be still wiser;     teach a righteous man, and he will increase in learning. Proverbs 9:9   Last […]

The Sound of the Master’s Voice

John 10:3 says, “…The sheep hear his voice, and he calls his own sheep by name and leads them out.”  And John 10:5, “A stranger they will not follow, but they will flee from him, […]

What if I had not been saved yet?

Where Would You Be if God Had Not Come Into Your Life? Have you ever thought much about that?  I have.  I would probably be some superficial person who was trying to find happiness in […]

Future Preference

Future Preference Why do so many people sacrifice for others?  (Jesus being the most sacrificial example) Why did the early settlers endure such hardship when coming to America?  Why did so many give their lives […]

Start the Adventure!

A few months ago Mario and I took a day to run some errands in Tempe, have lunch with our daughter who attends ASU, and visit IKEA. While walking through the mammoth store we came […]