Posts from June 2016

Fathers, Pastor Your Family

Parents have a tough job. Raising children is very rewarding, but it’s also very demanding. There aren’t really any breaks when your kids are awake, and precious few when they are sleeping. They notice everything you do and say, learning how to act and speak, so you’re always trying to put your best foot forward. In addition to all the normal responsibilities, there’s also the charge to bring them up to know the Lord. As a father, I especially feel…

The Habit of Celebration

We recently purchased a home in the area. It’s been a long, 3-year journey to get to this point, lined with disappointment and missed opportunities. It was grueling as we’d spend half a year looking at houses, then take a break for six months before starting again. Several houses looked great, only to slip away because someone offered more than us or inspections didn’t pan out. Other houses could have worked for our family, but we’d have to put lots…

The Habit of Confession

There’s a story in the Old Testament about Nehemiah, a great man of God. He was an Israelite living in exile, serving King Artaxerxes as cupbearer. One day, God called him back to Jerusalem to rebuild the city. Nehemiah asked permission from the king and was granted not only leave to go, but resources to accomplish the work. Once he arrived, he surveyed the damage. Nehemiah knew that the first step to rebuilding was clearing the rubble of the destroyed…