Good Morning, Temple!

O Lord, I love the habitation of your house and the place where your glory dwells. Psalm 26:8 (ESV) David loved being in the house of the Lord. In Psalm 84, he said that one day in God’s courts is better than a thousand spent anywhere else. David is onto something...

Kill the Weeds

With all of its benefits, social media has also swung a door of comparison and envy wide open. 15 years ago, we could not compare our lives to the lives of thousands of others around the world, but now we can, and do regularly. Envy causes a lot of problems in our...

INSEPARABLE

One of the clearest ways God displays His grace is by continuing on with us and promising His presence and provision despite what He knows about our future failures. Let’s be honest. If you knew about how one of your friends would fail you in the future, you may give...

Don’t Beat Yourself Up

We are our own worst critics. We know the stuff no one else knows or sees. We know the things we cover up and put filters on for social media. We know our insufficiencies, our failures, our regrets, and our guilt. Sometimes we even live in fear that others will find...

Preventative Measures

God knows the propensities of the human heart very well. He made us, after all, and in his sovereignty, He knows what’s best for us.  In Deuteronomy 17, He lays out some rules for Israel’s future kings. The rules He gave were designed to be preventative measures to...

Grace Carriers

How was your Monday? Mine began with my iPhone falling off the hood of my car and getting run over in the street, shattering it into expensive, skin-cutting shards. That event began a chain reaction of long phone calls, unplanned purchases, being late to meetings, and...

“SHOULDEES OR HOLDEES”

My five-year old son has a problem with his legs. At least he says he does. He seems to have an allergic reaction to shopping and malls in general. The moment we walk in, his legs stop working and he asks to be carried by one of us. Sometimes he literally collapses in...

ODORS & AROMAS

Living in an agricultural city like Clarksville means there are often odors and aromas wherever you travel. Just a few hundreds yards from our house in one direction, you’ll smell the pleasing aroma of Chris’ Pizza Village. If you travel a few hundred yards the other...

The Donkey Discourse

If you’re a pet owner, you are in the habit of regularly talking to animals that cannot talk back: hamsters, dogs, iguanas, goldfish… You talk to them. They just wag their tails or wiggle their fins, then go on with life. But what if they did talk back? In one of my...

UNLIKELY BREAD

Pumpernickel, sourdough, ciabatta, croissant… I am an equal opportunity bread consumer. Are there any other bread lovers out there who know what I’m talking about? I know God’s Word says “man does not live by bread alone,” but sometimes I think I could. God often...