For God’s People, Silence is Not an Option

Last week, I heard a woman give a short testimony from a favorite passage of mine found in Jeremiah 20. In that passage, the prophet Jeremiah is weary. He’s been beaten (literally) by people he’d thought were his friends, betrayed by his own family and continually ridiculed for delivering a message that God had givenContinue reading “For God’s People, Silence is Not an Option”

Guarding Your Heart: A Plea to Church Leaders

Keep your heart with all diligence, For out of it spring the issues of life. Proverbs 4:23 When a person looks to buy a new car, they generally notice the sound system, upholstery, or the way it looks. But, if you think about it, the engine is the most important feature of any car, becauseContinue reading “Guarding Your Heart: A Plea to Church Leaders”

A Covid Winter and the Spring Hope of the Gospel

Spring is one of my favorite times of the year. I begin to dream about outdoor projects in my garden and yard. I take more walks and attempt running, unsuccessfully. This Spring is especially sweet because of what I was able to do in November of 2020. During the Fall of last year, two differentContinue reading “A Covid Winter and the Spring Hope of the Gospel”

Fullness of Joy: Meditating on Psalm 16:11

Have you ever had a moment, Pastor, when you are reading a passage, perhaps during your daily Bible reading time, and you know for certain you have read that exact passage dozens of times before, but for some reason, this time, you notice things with such a fresh look that it is almost as ifContinue reading “Fullness of Joy: Meditating on Psalm 16:11”

Unity in Christ (Part 1): The View from 1 Corinthians 1:1-9

On June 16, 1858, Abraham Lincoln addressed 1,000 delegates in the statehouse of Springfield, Illinois. Later that day he was selected as their candidate for U.S. Senate. He infused his acceptance speech with an opportunity to address a pressing matter in the U.S. A portion of his speech is as follows: “Mr. President and GentlemenContinue reading “Unity in Christ (Part 1): The View from 1 Corinthians 1:1-9”

Hope in a Knowable God: Truths from Isaiah 55:8-9

In my preaching and teaching, I probably quote Isaiah 55:8-9 as much as any other passage of Scripture: “For My thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways My ways, declares the Lord. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts thanContinue reading “Hope in a Knowable God: Truths from Isaiah 55:8-9”

Good News in a Bad World: The Daily Hope of the Gospel

My Pastor’s Gospel transformation story makes me laugh. I asked KJ Washington, Lead Pastor at New Valley Church (Waynesboro, VA), his story of how the Gospel transformed him. I’m paraphrasing here, but he essentially told me he was in high school sharing the Gospel with someone else when the proverbial light bulb went off forContinue reading “Good News in a Bad World: The Daily Hope of the Gospel”

Saved, Secure, and Certain: 5 Truths from 1 Peter

Sunday night, our church finished a very timely study of 1 Peter. Please allow me to share with you five things Peter teaches us in the five chapters of this letter that was written to a group of persecuted Christians dispersed throughout Asia. Your salvation is God’s work; therefore, it is secure. “According to hisContinue reading “Saved, Secure, and Certain: 5 Truths from 1 Peter”

Lessons from Isolation: COVID and Jesus

As many of you may know, I am a nurse and I work in the Emergency Department at a local hospital. When the Coronavirus started spreading, my wife and I decided that she would stay with our parents while I remained at our home so as to keep her and our children safe. My lastContinue reading “Lessons from Isolation: COVID and Jesus”

Mental Health in the Age of COVID-19

To say COVID-19 took us by surprise is an understatement. One minute we were making New Year’s resolutions and the next, Coronavirus crept in like a thief in the night. This pandemic has brought fear, anxiety, and depression to many throughout the world, and forced isolation has fueled the deterioration of mental health across theContinue reading “Mental Health in the Age of COVID-19”