In the Dark? Sing.

“Around midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to God, and the other prisoners were listening.” (Acts 16:25) They were in a strange city far from home. They were bringing good news to people who didn’t want to hear it. They were resented and oppressed and mobbed. The…

Listening to the Shepherd

I love the transfiguration scene in Matthew 17. While Peter was talking, God spoke, “This is my dearly loved Son, who brings me great joy. Listen to him.” (Matthew 17:5) God’s voice interrupted Peter’s voice with the encouragement to listen. It is always good when God’s voice interrupts ours. Listening…

Rewired and Recharged…God is really good at repairing brokenness

The copy machine repairman was working on the office copier a few weeks ago. I told him how I admired people with the skill to work on such a complicated machine, with all the wires and computer boards and intricate complexities under the hood. He said something about how my…

Kites and Coaching

“For you are free, yet you are God’s slaves, so don’t use your freedom as an excuse to do evil.”  (1 Peter 2:16) True freedom is only possible by staying connected to the one who sets us free.   Staying true to the one who sets us free means being HIS…

Good Friday Delights

Psalm 36 seems to be an appropriate read on this Good Friday.   “You give them drink from the river of your delights.” I reflected on some observations regarding those words.   GOD PROVIDES.  He provides love (Psalm 36:7), protection and refuge (v7b), food of abundance (v8a), light (v9), and…

HAPPY NEW YEAR! An ocean of possibilities is in front of you!

HAPPY NEW YEAR! So, here is my verse for 2017—-20:17 in the book of Luke—–  Jesus looked directly at them and asked, “Then what is the meaning of that which is written:  “‘The stone the builders rejected has become the capstone’?” Three things come to mind for me in that…

Coaching should always include encouragement! YOU CAN DO THIS!

I was reading Exodus 9:5-6a.   “And the Lord set a time, saying, ‘Tomorrow the Lord will do this thing in the land.’  And the next day the Lord did this thing.” There are a lot of uncertainties in the world, but one thing is for sure.  When God says he…

Wise Friends are Good Coaches! (Be encouraged to post a comment and join the conversation!)

Here are some great words of wisdom for the day—–Proverbs 12:15—-“The way of a fool seems right to him, but a wise man listens to advice.” A friend and I were standing outside the church looking at possible sources of some water issues.   He showed me a sink hole that…

Good Coaching Includes Words of Encouragement

WORDS….they matter. My YouVersion Bible app verse of the day is Colossians 4:6, “Let your speech always be gracious, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how you ought to answer each person.” That reminded me of one of my favorite verses in the Bible, Ephesians 4:29, “Let no…

A spiritual coach can help us stay on the path, positioning us to experience the joy of God’s best!

I’ve really been enjoying the church prayer path, and I was thinking about the joy of staying on the path and being careful to not get off track into the thistles and nettles and poison ivy.  I was thinking about borders as I read Psalm 147. “He strengthens the bars…