Last night, we were out in the barn sitting by the fire with our friends Jason and Jenny. I had already been trying to decide what songs to do for today’s song share, so when the subject turned to music (as it almost always does), I asked Jason if he wanted to pick today’s songs.… Continue reading Song Share Saturday #22
So Daniel and I discovered last week that there is a lot to unpack in 1 John 3. I also think it’s really neat to see what each of us gets out of it, both while we are sitting there talking, and in what we end up writing about. If you haven’t already been following… Continue reading Love Your Siblings
This past week in our Tuesday morning coffee session, Daniel and I went over 1 John chapter 2. (If you want to read his take on chapter 1, click here.) The first thing that jumped out at me in verse 1 was McKnight’s use of the word “Illuminator” for the Greek paraklētos, where the word… Continue reading He in Us and We in Him
You ever get a thought in your head and then it just starts popping up everywhere? Or at least you start seeing other people’s thoughts that are related to it somehow? I have had a blog post simmering in my brain for a few days now (I like to let them simmer to make sure… Continue reading Tending God’s Garden
Got a text from my good buddy Jason yesterday out of nowhere saying, “Got you an old hymn for tomorrow.” So, here you go, Jason. A beautiful old hymn about how God is with us no matter what, always taking care of us. And since I was already using one friend’s suggestion, I figured both… Continue reading Song Share Saturday #18
What is your favorite version of the Bible to read? My go-to is the NLT, New Living Translation. It’s easy to read, easy to understand….and easy to gloss over when I’m distracted. My friend Daniel put me onto a new translation of the New Testament. And while it probably won’t ever be my “take to… Continue reading Made Apparent
Sunday’s communion thought was:Matthew 5:23-24 “If you are offering your gift at the altar and there remember that your brother or sister has something against you, leave your gift there in front of the altar. First go and be reconciled to them; then come and offer your gift.”How might this passage relate to communion? Everyone’s… Continue reading Go and be Reconciled
I started a devotional on YouVersion with a group of ladies this past week called, “Don’t Look Back”, about the instructions given to Lot’s wife in Genesis 19. God doesn’t want us to look back at our past, at whatever sins or failures or heartache is behind us. He wants us to stay focused on… Continue reading Saturday Song Share #11
Yesterdays verse and communion thought question was:1 Corinthians 2:2 “For I resolved to know nothing while I was with you except Jesus Christ and Him crucified.”How does this attitude promote unity, and how might it relate to communion? The sermon series we started yesterday is all about 1 Corinthians, titled “Paul’s Ideal Church.” Right from… Continue reading Jesus, Just Jesus, and Nothing but Jesus
This week’s song shares are brought to you by the name of Jesus. This one we are singing at our congregational gathering tomorrow, and happens to be one of my favorites, so once I saw it on the song list, it got stuck in my head and I’ve been singing it the past 4 days.… Continue reading Song Share Saturday #10
We don’t always know what it is we need at any given moment. But God does. He knows what we need and all we have to do is trust in Him.
Last night in our ladies’ class, LeAnne had a lesson on hope, and talked about “Doubting Thomas”, John the Baptist, referenced back to Isaiah – we were kind of all over. But there was one phrase, which she didn’t even read, that I noticed (and happened to already have underlined) that really stood out to… Continue reading But Even Now
I’m forgoing my normal “Table Talk” post this morning, but staying in the same realm. We had The Gathering last night. It’s an informal worship setting we have every 1st and 3rd Sunday evenings, with the tagline, “Where fellowship breaks out in worship.” It’s geared more toward just sharing with each other, and being together… Continue reading Bread from Heaven
Y’all, this has been a week. One of those busy, soul draining, peace stealing, “Is it Friday yet?” kinda weeks. Ironically (or providentially), the theme of tomorrow’s sermon is “A Real Rest”. And the songs we are singing will follow suit. (Being besties with the preacher and the worship leader has it’s advantages 😉) So… Continue reading Saturday Song Share #7
We watched the movie Jesus Revolution Sunday evening. I know there have been different opinions on it, but I really enjoyed it. It makes you reexamine yourself as a Christian and what it means to reach out to people who haven’t found Jesus yet. I wanted to share a few of my favorite quotes from… Continue reading Jesus Revolution
I was sitting here enjoying the sunshine trying to decide what to use for today’s song share. Praying over what is on my heart and also what might help others. My friend Daniel wrote a blog post this morning about spending intentional time with God on his hiking trips. I, too, like to spend time… Continue reading Saturday Song Share #5
The slide for this week’s communion talk was: Matt 12:7; Hosea 6:6“I desire mercy, not sacrifice.”How can these verses relate to communion? Our prompt usually reflects the day’s sermon in some way, and this one was no different, as the sermon topic was “Transformational Worship”. Also, as the Lord usually throws all things at me… Continue reading Mercy, Not Sacrifice
With Easter right on top of us, I wanted to share two of my favorite songs to listen to concerning the resurrection. The give me chills and tears every time I listen to them. Hope you enjoy them as much as I do!
This week’s communion discussion prompt was from Colossians 3:12, “Therefore, as God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience.” Then, the question, “How does communion call us to clothe ourselves with compassion?” First off, what is compassion? Merriam-Webster’s definition is “sympathetic consciousness of others’ distress together with a desire to… Continue reading Clothe Yourselves with Compassion
What makes a soul feel lost? Yes, we say lost soul for one who doesn’t know about Jesus. But what about those who do, but still feel lost? Not eternally lost, but like they are still searching. What are they searching for? Understanding? Either being understood by others or having their own understanding or wisdom.… Continue reading What Makes a Soul Feel Lost?
A few weeks ago, I had the privilege of attending the Lean Into Jesus Ministries women’s conference, Surrendered in Christ. I have been to their events in the past, but this is the first time I’ve been alone. And it was an experience for sure. Speakers, skits, activities, and worship music were geared toward making… Continue reading Surrendered In Christ
We took our youth group to Gatlinburg last weekend to attend Winterfest. It is a large Christian youth conference, and every year, it is such an experience. Last year the theme was Shipwrecked (you can read about that trip here) with the centering verse being John 16:33. This year, we looked at John 17, and… Continue reading The Hour Has Come
I know I haven’t posted as much lately, things have been so busy with school, work, Tyler’s birthday, and a couple of conferences. I have several posts in my head and started on paper, but I wanted to make this quick update for now. This weekend, we took the youth from our congregation to Winterfest… Continue reading Marvelous Message
When it feels like I’m losing every friend I’ve got When I don’t know who I am, and who I’m not When I start to let the world’s cares push me down When it seems that no one else wants me around There you are. When my chest feels tight and I can barely breathe… Continue reading There You Are
Sitting here working on my Bible study/blog post, I was praying that God would give me words. Then I thought, what makes me think my words will be better than the inspired scripture? And I don’t. I don’t think it’s better. But maybe someone is sitting out there thinking, as the Ethiopian eunuch did in… Continue reading Words
We hear a lot this time of year about “peace on earth”. What does that mean? What is peace? How and where do we find it? First of all, what is peace? Merriam-Webster offers several definitions, including: a state of tranquility or quiet; freedom from disquieting or oppressive thoughts or emotions; harmony in personal relations.… Continue reading Peace on Earth
This time of year, everywhere you look you see nativity scenes. Hear those Bible stories from the beginnings of Matthew and Luke. Songs on the radio like “Hark the Herald Angels Sing” and “Mary, Did You Know?” Praise and wonder for Mary, the mother of Jesus. You know who often gets overlooked when we talk… Continue reading What About Him?
It’s a two post day! This poem was originally going to be part of the last post, but I decided to separate them.
Yesterday’s communion talk prompt was Isaiah 9:6-7: “For unto us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace….He will reign on David’s throne and over his kingdom, establishing and upholding it… Continue reading Who is Jesus?
Today’s blog post is brought to you by Sunday’s communion talk, Thom’s sermon, and Corri’s brain. Sunday’s communion talk was based on 1 Corinthians 2:2, “For I resolved to know nothing while I was with you except Jesus Christ and Him crucified.” The questions presented were, “What did Paul mean by this?” and “How does… Continue reading All About Jesus