30 Days of Thanksgiving

“Enter his gates with thanksgiving, and his courts with praise!” (Ps 100:4) “As you received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in him, rooted and built up in him and established in the faith, just as you were taught, abounding in thanksgiving” (Col 2:6-7) I can’t believe it’s already November — well, I know it’s […]

Jesus Wept

Jesus Wept Have you ever wept at the funeral home? Stupid question, right? When you’ve lost the dearest in all the world, you’re not going to cry – nope, not a bit. You’re going to weep. I’ve wept more times at the funeral home than I could ever count – I remember weeping when each […]

“I’m Fine”

I’m Fine I’ll walk into the church building and someone will ask me how I’m doing, and I’ll truthfully say, “I’m doing fine.” The response is often, “You don’t look fine.” I know what these sweet folks mean: “Justin, I can see you’re having a bad day walking and you’re in pain and you look […]

My Friends

My Friends “A friend loves at all times, and a brother is born for adversity” (Prov 17:17). “A man of many companions may come to ruin, but there is a friend who sticks closer than a brother” (Prov 18:24) David had Jonathan. Jesus had John. I have many. If I were asked what a person […]

The Pool

The Pool Quiet time. Alone time. Something we all need. “Ponder in your own hearts on your beds, and be silent” (Ps 4:4) – in their beds, the people of God would have time to think about their lives, meditate on Scripture, and pray to their God. “One handful of peaceful repose Is better than […]