4 Basic Qualities that Will Move You From Surviving to Thriving

I’ve been reflecting these past few months about my hopes and dreams for my family.  And one of those dreams is that everyone in my family would not simply survive, but thrive. Surviving is about the basic requirements of life: food, shelter, safety, and relationships.  It even includes a basic sense of purpose in life [...]

Learning the Discipline of Loving

So you’ve made a commitment to growing spiritually in 2017?  You want to be spiritually stronger, wiser, and more grounded?  You want 2017 to be a year of exponential growth? That’s what this series on Fruitful Discipline is all about.  (Update on January 11, 2017: Listen to the corresponding sermon series on our Covenant-First Presbyterian YouTube [...]

We’re Back! New 2017 Series on “Fruitful Disciplines”

The New Year means it’s time to return to writing the Horizons of the Possible Blog. I’m excited about a new sermon series that I’m doing called “Fruitful Disciplines.”   It’s a 9 week exploration of the fruit of the Spirit, as described in Galatians 5:22-23: “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, [...]

What Is The Holy Spirit Up To? A Wealth Of Gifts For The Common Good

Ours is an era of suspicion. Don’t take my word for it; read this Nov 30, 2013 article from the Associated Press about their poll of Americans, asking how much they trust their fellow citizens.  The results tempt me to fear for the Republic.  Now, nearly 2/3 of the American public says they really can’t [...]

Who have you asked into your heart?

“Have you asked Jesus into your heart as your personal savior?”  Growing up in the Bible Belt, I often heard the question.  A question asked by well-meaning people, earnest people.  For certain, that question played its part in many a spiritual wakening.But is it the right question?  Are we even offered a question?  Are not [...]