Just Run Your Race

Dear Friends, This morning I was reading in the book of John, and came across one of my favorite stories of restoration. It happens in John chapter 21 - after Jesus has been crucified and resurrected. He appears to His disciples, and makes them breakfast. During the meal He asks Peter, “Simon son of John, do you love me more than these?”. Peter answers yes, and then Jesus asks Him the same question two more times. Each time Peter answers yes, and Jesus gives Peter the command to, “care for My sheep”. The thing that makes this story such a wonderful example of restoration is that Peter is the disciple who denied Jesus three times, right after Jesus was arrested. But in John 21, we see t

Act Up!

Dear friends, One of the things I’ve learned in life is that knowledge doesn’t always translate to action. For example, we know that eating junk food isn’t good for us, but all too often we still do it. We know that exercising regularly helps our bodies, but too many of us still don’t do it. We’re told as children not to touch hot pans, but some of us can’t help but do it. In other words, just because we know something doesn’t necessarily mean we will live it out. And unfortunately, that’s even true in our spiritual lives. Here's what I mean - we tend to listen to preaching, and enjoy Bible-based podcasts, and read devotionals that give us helpful strategies for living the Christian life,

War Strategies

Dear friends, This morning my Bible reading took me to the story of Joshua fighting the Battle of Jericho (Joshua 6:8-20). Many of us are familiar with this story - and some of us even know the children’s song. But if you’re not familiar with it, it’s a popular story from the Old Testament in which the Israelites come up to the walled city of Jericho on their move into the Promised Land. They need to conquer the city, but the walls make it practically impossible. That’s when God tells the leader, Joshua, to have all the Israelites march around the city for six days, and blow horns. God promises that if they do that, then on the seventh day, they will conquer Jericho. Now, I’m not much o

It's A One Way Street

Dear Friends, Have you ever been hurt by someone? If you’re over the age of 3, then I’m fairly confident your answer is, “Yes”. And that’s because we’ve all been hurt by the folks around us. Whether it’s through their words, or actions, or lack of action, it’s all-too-easy for people to hurt us. And the pain seems even worse when it comes from someone close to us - like family, or friends, or fellow Christians. Often when we’re hurt, our natural, human reaction is to become angry, or bitter, or disillusioned, or to seek revenge. And waiting for the offender to make things right is usually futile because the offender either doesn’t realize the damage they’ve done through their words or ac

Hope For All Of Us Who Are Not Morning People

Dear Friends, I am not a morning person. Which is why, most mornings, you will not find me jumping out of bed, excited to tackle another day. Usually, I stumble to the kitchen to make coffee, thinking about all the things waiting for me at the office, the church, and home. And all-too-often, as I stand there sipping my first cup of java, I find myself feeling discouraged and overwhelmed by all the day holds - even though the day is only 10 minutes old. I don’t think I’m alone in this struggle. It seems to be a normal human trait that, as we move through the rhythms of life, we often feel the overwhelming strain of the endless amount of expectations set on us. But this is certainly not th

Little Saviors

Dear Friends, On the drive to work today I turned on the radio to hear the news. After listening to reports that ranged from local to regional to national and international, I turned the radio off and felt a great sense of sadness settle in. This world is definitely one messed up place. Homes have been destroyed by wars. People are being displaced from their homeland. Economies are depressed. And governments struggle to come up with solutions. The result is that “hopelessness” seems to be an all-too-common emotion. For Christians living in a world like ours, one of the most important questions we can ask ourselves is, “Where is our hope?” It’s important because how we answer that que

Maybe Just One More

Dear Friends, I have a confession. I’m a bit obsessed with satchels. No matter what form they might take - messenger bag, briefcase, backpack, sling bag - if it’s designed to carry stuff around, I’m all about it. I know. Strange, right? But it’s true. For as long as I can remember, I’ve always liked getting something new to carry my stuff with me, even if I didn't need it. The result is that I have lived a life of temptation. So many times, I have succumbed to the temptation of that shiny new satchel, with it’s clever new zippers, or hidden carrying pouch for my laptop. So many times I have ignored the fact that I have roughly a dozen satchels already laying on the floor of my closet

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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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