Roots & Fruits

Each week during 2020 I’ll be posting about something from our Awaken 2020 Bible reading plan covering the New Testament, Psalms, and Proverbs. We’d love to have you join us! You can download each month’s reading plan at awaken.church/bible2020 and you can post on...

Motions & Motives

Assuming the driver of our road trip knew where he was headed? Hours-long detour. Me assuming my wife took all the kids home from church? A trip back to church to get the kid I left behind. My wife assuming I know where those three things she needs at the grocery...

Get Into It

This is it. Welcome to not only a new month, but also a new year, and a new decade! Wow. So much has happened and so many things lie ahead. New Year’s resolutions abound. In fact, even our artificial intelligence assistant have plans for the new year. I just asked...

Hinge Point

History is filled with hinge points. The Gettysburg Address. The Declaration of Independence. The Civil Rights movement. The invention of the original chicken sandwich and the beginning of Chick-Fil-A… You get the idea. History turns on these events. Speaking of hinge...

Your Present is His Presence

PEACE. It’s a word we hear a lot around Christmastime, and it’s an experience we desperately need around Christmastime! If we let it, the chaos of the holiday season will strip the “merry” right out of Christmas. Thankfully, Jesus is our peace. Over 700 years before...

Spare Me the Details

T.M.I. = Too Much Information. You’ve been exposed to this before, I’m sure. A newlywed couple giving you too many details about their honeymoon, your nurse friend being too detailed about a wound, or that co-worker who insists on telling you every detail about their...

Family Matters

November is National Adoption Month…but every day is adoption day for God. He’s in the adoption business. In fact, spiritual adoption is not just something God does; it is part of who He is. Romans 8:15 refers to this gentle, loving aspect of the Holy Spirit by...

F O C U S

As I type this, the smooth jams of a “lo-fi study beats” playlist from Spotify are pulsating through my noise-canceling headphones. I have no idea what’s going on in the rest of my house. Plates could be crashing, children fighting, Netflix blaring, and I would have...

SOUL RHYTHMS

Spring, summer, fall, winter. Morning, noon, evening. Years, decades, centuries. Life is full of seasons and cycles. Some, like those listed above, are unavoidable and just part of life. However, life is also filled with other seasons and cycles that we create, some...

‘Ye Must Be Born Again!

Kanye West is a polarizing figure. Popular opinion is often shifting about him, often due to his own antics and outspoken opinions. This just in: the self-proclaimed “Yeezus” is now saying he’s a worshiper of Jesus. In fact, he recently released a gospel album called...