Happy 4th of July!


Have a blessed July 4th celebration! May we honor our country, and may we honor the One – Jesus- who gives us the ultimate freedom – eternal life!

“And there is salvation in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved.” Acts 4:12

The Sixth Hour


Now from the sixth hour there was darkness over all the land until the ninth hour…And when Jesus had cried out again in a loud voice, he gave up his spirit. At that moment the curtain of the temple was torn in two from top to bottom. The earth shook, the rocks split and the tombs broke open. The bodies of many holy people who had died were raised to life.

Matthew 27:45, 50-52

A Special Easter Morning


As we wake on this Resurrection morning, our family will have an added celebration on this already special day. Our six year old daughter, Anna, made the decision a couple of weeks ago to trust and follow Jesus! She chose today, Easter Sunday, to be baptized, and at 10:30 later this morning, her Daddy will be immersing her in the baptismal waters!
Her baptism isn’t a “get me into heaven” pass. There is nothing magical about this water that pours from the city pipes to ensure her salvation. Baptism is an act of obedience to our Lord, Jesus. It is a symbol and public statement declaring that she has made Jesus Lord of her life.Paul tells us this:

If you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For with the heart one believes and is justified, and with the mouth one confesses and is saved. Romans 10:9-10

Today, I will celebrate the life that my family and I have in Christ because of his death and resurrection. My prayer is that you also can rejoice in knowing that you will spend eternity with Jesus. If you don’t have the assurance, seek Him. He promises to hear us when we call out to Him, and He will forgive your sins and make you as white as snow.

Palm Sunday


Palm Sunday:

The crowds that went ahead of him and those that followed shouted,   “Hosanna to the Son of David!”   “Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord!”  “Hosanna in the highest heaven!”  Matthew 21:9

Just Days Later:

“What shall I do, then, with Jesus who is called the Messiah?” Pilate asked. They all answered, “Crucify him!” “Why? What crime has he committed?” asked Pilate. But they shouted all the louder, “Crucify him!” Matthew 71:22-23

Being a follower of Jesus is not a “one day” event. It is not dependent on how you are feeling on a particular day , or how others are influencing you (as it were the case for the crowds on that first Palm Sunday). It is a daily commitment that requires focusing on the mission that Jesus has called us to: denying ourselves, living for Him, and making disciples of all nations so He receives the glory in everything. As we start this holy week, may we meditate on the sacrifice that both God the Father and Jesus made for us 2,000 years ago.

In this is love, not that we have loved God but that he loved us and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins. 1 John 4:10

True Love


Happy Valentine’s Day!

May you experience the love of family and friends, but even more importantly, may you know how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ! (Eph 3:18)

Extravagantly Loved


Today has been a weird day. The past week and a half has actually been a bit off for me. Sick kids, messed up routines, hectic schedules, and the like. So when I got home from church tonight, I played one of my favorite songs – Casting Crowns’ Your Love Is Extravagant.

Then I read today’s devotional on the Proverbs 31 blog. Glynnis Whitwer writes about how John referred to himself as ‘the disciple whom Jesus loved’.  I am also the disciple whom Jesus loves. And, as Paul states, this love is ‘by grace, … it is the gift of God, not a result of works so that no man can boast.’ Eph 2:8-9

I needed that reminder tonight. I needed that fellowship with my Father- a soft place to land where I feel secure and at peace no matter what storms are swirling around me. His love is truly extravagant!

Merry Christmas!


May you enjoy this wonderful day as we celebrate the birth of our Savior!

 Blessings from Whole to the Core

Celebrating Advent – The Angel’s Candle

Today we celebrate the last Sunday of Advent. This week’s candle is called the Angel Candle and it represents the love which God shared with the world when He sent His Son, Jesus!

 8 And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night. 9 An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. 10 But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people. 11 Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord. 12 This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.”

 13 Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying,

 14 “Glory to God in the highest heaven,
   and on earth peace to those on whom his favor rests.”

Luke 2:8-14

Just as the angels shared the Good News of the birth of Christ, we are also commanded to go and tell. May we spread the true Gospel through our words, actions, and attitudes, loving each other just as Christ loved us and gave himself for us!

Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. 19 Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”

Matthew 28:18-20

The Cradle and the Cross


Christ Jesus, who, though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, but emptied himself, by taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men. And being found in human form, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross. Therefore God has highly exalted him and bestowed on him the name that is above every name, so that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.
Phil. 2:5-11
Jesus came to this earth bloodied,  naked and crying. And He left this earth bloodied, naked and crying. Both his birth and his death were sacrifices.
The sacrifice He made to come to earth meant that he left His home in Heaven to become a helpless and dependent baby only to grow up and face all the challenges we, as humans, encounter today. The purpose? To be a servant while he walked on earth and, in the ultimate act of sacrifice, to die a death that He didn’t deserve- A death that was meant for sinners like me and for you.
So, as we celebrate his birth, let us never overlook the purpose of this miraculous event- a blameless life that led to the cross in order to defeat the sting of death so we may have fellowship with our Creator. Praise be to God for He has done great things!
I love the song, “Carry Your Name”. Take a moment to listen and watch. The words to the chorus (below) are simply stated, but oh so true! It reminds me of the extravagant love God has for each and everyone of us and that we, as believers, carry His name.
No greater love
God’s only Son
Jesus, Jesus
No other name
Mighty to save
Jesus, Jesus



Jesus Loves the Little Children


He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High

will abide in the shadow of the Almighty.

I will say to the Lord, “My refuge and my

fortress,my God, in whom I trust.”

Psalm 91:1-2

Thankful for a God who comforts, provides peace, and loves at all times.