Goblins, Dragons, and Trolls – Oh My! This December, many wonderful things will be happening. My son Timmy will turn 10 years old, two days later my daughter Maggie will turn 12. As a church, we will be celebrating the birth of our Savior with our annual banquet, our Christmas Eve service, and the carol…

Spiritual Fibrillation It may comfort some of you to know that I am certified in both First Aid and CPR. So if any of you were to collapse during a church event, and a doctor were not present, I would be ready and able to (1) survey the scene for safety, (2) check for signs…

Poem to Gayle Sayers Not many of the young men I coach are familiar with the name Gayle Sayers. At one time, and perhaps still today, some football commentators consider him one of the best – or even the very best – running back ever to play the game. “Numbers,” as they say, “don’t lie.”…

Ministers of Grace This morning is my first day back in the office after a short term mission trip to San Diego. My contribution to our monthly blog is due today and since I can’t stop thinking about the 2012 Summer Teen Mission to San Diego, that is what I will write about… The trip was…

I was speaking with my friend Chris this morning and we were considering how unbelievably inconsistent people can be. He shared from his time in Eastern Europe how confused some Europeans are at how distressed Americans get over wardrobe malfunctions, yet we seem to love the explicit violence on prime time television. I have a…

Earlier today I had just about as much fun in the church office as I have had in quite a while.  I had completed my morning pastoral routines and had about fifteen minutes before a lunch appointment.  Have you ever been in a situation where you have fifteen minutes of time to redeem but don’t…

I could see it all clearly.  The family would be taking a mini-vacation to Palm Springs in the last week of June.  We would spend one day driving through the Joshua Tree National Park and continue on to visit an outcropping of the Latham Shale in the Marble Mountain Range just north of there.  We…

In today’s world we are addicted to success.  We all want to win.  Second place makes you the first loser.  Like Sly Stallone in the Rocky movies, we don’t want to be a “bum.”  This desire to do well is not entirely misplaced.  “For we are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good…

“April showers bring May flowers.” When I was growing up in Maryland, this little bit of a rhyme was doubly true. March and April were rainy months, and flowers started blooming in earnest in May. Out here in California we don’t get rain in April. By the end of March we can pretty much plan…

In John chapter six we read about Jesus’ ministry in Galilee – in particular we read about his “feeding of the five thousand.”  He is preaching to a great crowd when Jesus asks his disciples where they should buy food for all of the people. Jesus’ disciple Philip says, “Two hundred denarii would not buy enough…

Our text for this month’s devotions is the phrase from 1 Corinthians 13:4, “love does not boast.” “To boast” has a fairly specific meaning in our English language. It means, “To speak with excessive pride about one’s own accomplishments, talents, or possessions.” It does not take a Bible scholar to know that love does not…

Although I am generally in favor of New Years’ resolutions, I do have one problem with them. Generally speaking, the resolutions we make year after year don’t work. We begin January with wonderful thoughts about what we are going to change in order to improve ourselves. “I am going to lose ten pounds.” Or, “I…

December is a month in which we think quite a bit about gifts.  We are making lists of what we will give to whom!  Or perhaps, even tougher, we have been asked to come up with a list of things we might like to receive ourselves.  As we try to stretch both our time and…

Once again Thanksgiving is just around the corner and we have a wonderful opportunity to consider all that God has done for us! But if you are at all like me, sometimes it is difficult to truly give thanks with genuine happiness. It is far easier to rejoice with gratitude than it is to be…

If Readers’ Digest is correct and “laughter is the best medicine,” then my kids and their friends have me so well-dosed that I should live to be two hundred years old.  One of my kids’ good friends said something two years ago on Halloween that has come to my mind and brought a chuckle with…

I have inherited two books that I consider priceless.  One is an old, black, leather bound King James’ Bible embossed on the front cover with the name Margaret Egstad.  On the presentation page it notes that it was given to her by Mom J.  My Great-Grandmother Johnson gave this Bible to my Grandmother long before…

Too often, you and I feel like “Donkey” from the movie Shrek.  In the first installment of that series, Shrek is trying to get rid of Donkey and asks him why he is following him to which Donkey replies (singing): “Cause I’m all alone, there’s no one here besiiiiiiide me…”  Ever felt that way?  Those…

Over the next two months, many of us will be away from Church in the Canyon for at least one Sunday.  The reason?  School is out!  It is time for summer vacations!  For some of us, this poses a problem: where should we go to worship on Sunday morning?  This month, I would like to…

May 21, 2011 came and went.  And once again, a zealously advertised prediction of Christ’s return has completed the transition from prophetic warning to late night comedy.  So sad.  I have extremely mixed feelings about such predictions.  In general, they are not bad.  The trouble lays in their specificity.  Is Christ returning?  Yes!  Is his…

There is a verse in the book of Joshua that gives us an apt, though sad summary of much trouble that we bring into our own lives. In Joshua 9, after the Gibeonites pretend to be from a far off land by wearing worn out clothes and carrying spoiled bread and wine and attempt to…

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