All Or Nothing

Dear Friends, This morning I was reading in Deuteronomy as part of my daily Bible reading. It was a chapter towards the end, in which Moses is reviewing for the Israelites some of the commands that God has given for how they should live. To be honest, it was a difficult passage to concentrate on because it was full of guidelines and requirements that seem so far removed from how we live our Christian lives today. As a result, I found myself having to go back and re-read passages because my mind was wandering. As I did so, I noticed a pattern to what Moses was saying that went something like this: "Live for God, and He will bless you; ignore how He calls you to live, and He won't." I'm

Which Way Do You Lean?

Dear Friends, On the drive to work this morning, I turned on the “oldies” radio station - and was happy to hear the song “Lean On Me” playing. It’s one of my favorite songs from back in the day - and fortunately, no one else was in the car with me, so I was able to crank up the volume, and sing along. For those of you not familiar with the song, it’s from the early 1970’s - and the lyrics encourage friends to lean on each other for help and support. At one point, the song says, “Lean on me, when you're not strong, and I'll be your friend. I’ll help you carry on.” And as I sang those words this morning, it struck me that God gives us the same message. God wants to be the one we lean on.

Keep Moving

Dear Friends, This week I’m traveling in North Carolina. It’s been an interesting trip, as I went to high school in North Carolina…way back before many of you were born. And since it’s been so long since I’ve been back, it’s been interesting to see how much has changed - and how much has stayed the same. As I thought about that, it occurred to me that the same is true for me personally. I have changed in so many ways - and yet, there are still parts of me that are very much the same. When that thought first occurred to me, it was a bit discouraging - because some of what has stayed the same in my life are the sins that I struggled with then, and still struggle with now. Sins like impati

It's Up To Us

Dear Friends, Earlier this week I was talking with a woman from our church who has recently gone through a very difficult break up with her boyfriend. As she talked about what had happened, she said, “I know I’m supposed to forgive - and I will - eventually. But first I’m going to make him pay!” It was a natural reaction, as she had been not only emotionally hurt, but physically abused as well. I know from my own experience that when we’re hurt, a natural response is to want to hurt the other person back. And we can even make the mental decision to forgive them, but still want to see them suffer a bit first. But what I’ve also learned from my own experience is that we can’t respond that

Mr. President

Dear Friends, Yesterday I took a friend to see the doctor. As I waited in the lobby, I decided to go “old school”, and rather than spend the time scrolling through the social media apps on my phone, I grabbed an old copy of the Reader’s Digest magazine that was laying on the table next to me. About halfway through, I found a story about former president Jimmy Carter which caught my attention. I was in high school during his time in office, and I have a lot of memories of those years in general, and of President Carter’s presidency specifically. The story was about the funeral of Hubert Humphrey, a former vice-president of the United States. When he died, people came from all around the w

No Doubt

Dear Friends, Over the years I have kept a list of verses and quotes that have encouraged me at one time or another. It’s been a great resource for me to go back to when things have been challenging, or when I’ve needed reminding of Who God is, and how He works. And right at the top of that list is one of my favorite quotes from evangelist Billy Graham, which says, “Never doubt in the dark what God told you in the light.” I love this quote because it reminds me that our circumstances, or our actions, cannot change the character of God. So, regardless of our situation, or the mistakes we make, or how we feel, or the sin we fall into, or what others do to us, or the challenges we face, God’

Giants In The Land

Dear Friends, The past few days I’ve been doing a lot of pastoral counseling. As I’ve sat with folks and listened to the struggles and challenges they’re facing, I’ve noticed a common thread in each of their stories - and that is, it’s easy to feel overwhelmed by the obstacles of life. And when we feel overwhelmed, it’s hard to move forward in tackling the problems. I know that’s been true in my own life, and I’m sure it’s been true in yours as well. As I was thinking through that this week, I was reminded of Philippians 4:13, which says, “I can do all things through Him who strengthens me.” This is a great promise from God that He will give us the strength we need to handle whatever cha

The Bug Letter

Dear Friends, A friend of mine recently went on a trip, and after a long day of travel, was excited to get into bed at his hotel and enjoy a good night of rest. However, as he was nodding off, he felt something crawling up his leg. He threw back the covers and turned on the light, only to discover that his bed was full of bugs! He called the front desk and was immediately moved to another room. When he got home, he was still a little upset at what had happened, so he decided to write a letter to the hotel’s corporate headquarters. A few weeks later, he got a letter back from the president of the company. It was extremely apologetic, and full of assurances that they would address the pr

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Random thoughts and ponderings on life and faith from a recovering sinner.

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Daniel May - husband, father, pastor, grocer, Packers fan, and above-mentioned recovering sinner.

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