Get free email updates as I write new articles (no more than once a week):

How to Bring Joy to Your City

The City of Vancouver

I love that part of the story of the early church in which God allows persecution to scatter the Christians from Jerusalem like ants. The Bible says that everywhere they went, they preached the gospel (see Acts chapter 8). Phillip, in particular, headed to a city in Samaria and became the earliest …

Keep Reading

The True Source of Real Joy

bmamo-logopond

It is very possible to discover happiness in your current circumstances, assuming your circumstances are happy ones. It's also possible to find happiness in material things... for now, career success... whatever that looks like, and when all of your relationships are sailing along smoothly. But happiness isn't …

Keep Reading

4 Attitudes You Can Choose Today

Joy

Sometimes God takes me back to kindergarten, spiritually speaking. I spend time reading theological treatises, but I sometimes forget the most basic and simple of truths. Here's one of those basic truths I sometimes struggle with: We choose our attitudes. We don't choose our circumstances. We don't choose …

Keep Reading

10 Lessons from Coca-Cola’s Happiness Machine

If you haven't already, you MUST watch this video... Now... are you smiling? Exactly! You can read a pretty great article about how Coke created its "happiness machine" and read some of the great observations that came out of the interview, but I'd like to throw some observations out there that I made …

Keep Reading

Rejoice In the Lord… Always, Again I say Rejoice

One of my favorite daily news feeds comes from The Daily Spurgeon. Today's thought addressed something that Christians struggle with often. But usually, when someone comes to me with this question, they're already on the right track. It is "Can I enjoy the world around me, though it is perishing?" The Bible …

Keep Reading

Kumbaya, My Lord!

What does that mean, anyway? Actually, it means "come by here." We didn't sing Kumbaya at camp this week, but God definitely showed up! This was my first experience with church camp... ever! I'd been to Conservation Camp in elementary school and hated every minute of it. This week was vastly different. For one …

Keep Reading

Graduation Day

Today was kind of tough... for Momma anyway. We saw our little girl "walk the line" to graduate from Preschool. The theme was What A Wonderful World, which all nineteen graduates sang together. They actually played Pomp and Circumstance as they marched in. She got a diploma and an award for Developing the Most …

Keep Reading

Remembering the Fallen

Yesterday was a very special day at Bethel. Though we had a lot of folks out on vacation for the holiday weekend, we who remained celebrated God's greatness in raising up heroes throughout the centuries. From Hebrews 11, we recounted the lives and deaths of some of God's greatest servants. Many in the chapter …

Keep Reading

What A Wonderful World

At our wedding, Angie and I chose to have Louie Armstrong's song played... What a Wonderful World. In light of yesterday's shootings, and so many other monumental tragedies in recent years, is it really a wonderful world? We were driving to Fort Smith yesterday for the annual meeting of the BMA of America and …

Keep Reading

The Lord Who Heals and the People Who Worship

I must confess, as a Baptist, it took me a rather long time to come to understand the healing nature of God. We Baptists, as Adrian Rogers put it, "believe in miracles, but trust in Jesus." I still believe this is best. But I also freely admit that in our reaction to the extremism of "healing evangelists" like …

Keep Reading