The Most Wonderful Time Of The Year

Dear Friends, It's hard to believe that December is almost here. As I looked at the calendar this morning, the reality sunk in - and I realized I needed to get busy with all that needs to be done before Christmas. My initial response was to begin making plans for the next few weeks. But as I did so, I was reminded of the first Christmas, and how that event was missed by so many people because they were too wrapped up in their own plans. Here's what I mean - when God decided to send His Son to this earth, He chose a time in history when there was an expansive empire ruling over most of the civilized world. This is significant both because this empire established a single language for ever

The Most Wonderful Time Of The Year

Dear Friends, Today is November 17th, which means we're inching closer and closer to the holiday duet that marks the end of every year - Thanksgiving and Christmas. I love this time of year because Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday. I love the weather, the food, the getting together with family, and the abundance of football to watch on TV. But I also love the opportunity to have a day set aside to focus on being thankful for God’s blessings. However, every year as I sit down to enjoy a Thanksgiving feast, I feel a sense of guilt that I’m trying to cram all of my “thanksgiving” into one day. And actually, if you’ve been reading these devotionals for a while, then you know that almost e

Wait A Minute - or Two

Dear Friends, This morning I had an interesting conversation with a woman from our church. She wanted to talk to me about a challenge she’s having in waiting for God to give clear direction in a specific area of her life. The challenge is that God hasn’t give that direction yet, and so she’s getting restless. At one point in the conversation, she said “Pastor, I’m just so tired of all this waiting - and not doing anything! It’s wearing me out!” I knew my friend was talking about being worn out spiritually, and not physically. Part of the reason I could tell that was because she was physically animated in telling me about her situation - but even more than that, I knew because it’s somet

Timing Is Everything

Dear Friends, This morning I was reminded that God's timing cannot be separated from His will. It came about at the end of a frustrating process of trying to work through a problem at the church, only to hit one road block after another. Finally, after a few hours of my efforts getting me nowhere, I reached my limit - and in frustration said to God, “It's all Yours - You deal with it.” Within 10 minutes God had worked it out, with results that were better than anything I could have managed. As I was pondering how God ended up managing the situation, I was reminded of two verses: Ecclesiastes 3:11 and Jeremiah 29:11. The Ecclesiastes passage tells us that God makes all things beautiful in

Me Too!!

Dear Friends, I recently had the opportunity to encourage a fellow believer to be patient in a certain situation he was facing. I finished the conversation by telling him I would be be praying for him in that area, and he responded by saying, “Me too!” Later in the day, as I was thinking back over the conversation, I was reminded of my friend's final comment, and wondered if he had meant he would be praying for patience in his own life, along with me - or if he would be praying for patience in my life. It wasn't clear, and so I decided he must have been saying he would pray for patience in his own life, because I hadn't indicated I was in need of more patience. However, today as I sat in

To Tell The Truth

Dear Friends, One of my favorite verses in the Bible is Romans 8:38 - where the Apostle Paul writes, “I am convinced that nothing can ever separate us from God’s love. Neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither our fears for today nor our worries about tomorrow - not even the powers of hell can separate us from God’s love. No power in the sky above or in the earth below - indeed, nothing in all creation will ever be able to separate us from the love of God that is revealed in Christ Jesus our Lord.” I love this verse because of the truth it tells us about how God loves us - a truth that’s been an anchor in my life more times than I can count. Here’s what I mean - one of t

Wishful Thinking

Dear Friends, This past weekend our church had the privilege of partnering with several organizations to put on a Fall Festival for the high-poverty community in which our church is located. There were carnival games, bounce houses, face-painting, trick-or-treating, lots of costumes, and hot dogs with all the fixins. It’s something we’ve done every fall for the past six years, and each year it’s grown in size - with the crowd this year being just over 625 people. It was a wonderful time of interacting with the community, and building relationships with the other organizations so that we can strengthen the work we’re doing in that neighborhood. However, it was also exhausting. And that’s w

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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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