Remain: Drawing Near to God

Despite the thousands of miles that separate them, doting parents laugh with their children and a faithful aunt blows kisses to her niece and nephew. A tiny screen makes a way for connections to happen–a way for families to see, hear, and love from afar. But at some point, they’ll be reunited, drawing close forContinue reading “Remain: Drawing Near to God”

Remain: God, Our Refuge

Many summers ago, Larry and I took our three sons to Colorado. To a one bedroom cabin with no internet. No cable TV. And one tiny table built for two. Needless to say we spent lots of time outdoors–which was the point of the trip. One afternoon, however, we planned for a day “in.” EagerContinue reading “Remain: God, Our Refuge”

Remain: Dwelling in the Secret Place

My brother is a true-blue outdoorsman. When he fishes, he’s all in–wearing shorts with lots of pockets for all the tools of the trade, toting huge tackle boxes full of hooks and lures that sparkle in the sun. When he hunts, he’s no different–getting up long before the sun to sit in cold duck blinds,Continue reading “Remain: Dwelling in the Secret Place”

Remain: God, Our Dwelling Place

Standing on the street in front of our newly purchased lot, my husband and I babbled all the ideas and hopes for our first house. Brick type. Paint color. Carpet thickness. Weeks passed as we watched the slab poured and frame go up. Then walls and a roof. But it was stepping into the finishedContinue reading “Remain: God, Our Dwelling Place”

Remain: Dwelling with God

If I nodded toward a park bench, breathless from our long walk, and said, “let us tarry here a while,” what would you do? a. Push onwardb. Pout, reluctantly handing me your terry-cloth towelc. Pop-a-squat and sit a spell  It’s my hope that you would have taken a break with me–because to tarry is toContinue reading “Remain: Dwelling with God”

Kingdom Living Now: Imperishable and Immovable

CHRIST IS RISEN! Oh, that we could celebrate together in the miracle of Jesus’ resurrection! Today is the defining day of our faith–the day Jesus stands victorious. The day He steps out of a tomb, awake and alive. The day He begins making His resurrected self known to the people who love Him best. AllContinue reading “Kingdom Living Now: Imperishable and Immovable”

Kingdom Living Now: Inseparable and Intentional

Hauling buckets of water and scooping mounds of sand, we worked hard to build a masterpiece. Our sandcastle had towers and bridges–even a moat that we could never keep filled. In all our efforts, however, we failed to notice that the tide edged closer by the minute. Till the one big wave came crashing in,Continue reading “Kingdom Living Now: Inseparable and Intentional”

Kingdom Living Now: Inhabit

King Jesus stands on the mountain for quite some time, preaching words meant to shape His listeners so they’ll be equipped to inhabit the kingdom He’s prepared for them. Toward the end of the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus speaks words that differentiate true kingdom dwellers from those who are not: “Not everyone who callsContinue reading “Kingdom Living Now: Inhabit”

Kingdom Living Now: Intimacy and Interaction

We flip the page to Chapter Six of Matthew’s Gospel, recalling that we’re still in Jesus’ great sermon. Staying grounded in our context helps us remember that Jesus is laying a foundation for our faith by teaching us what kingdom living looks like now. Holy Practices This part of the sermon hits on three importantContinue reading “Kingdom Living Now: Intimacy and Interaction”

Kingdom Living Now: Inclusion

The Beatitudes not only give us a glimpse of what life looks like inside the Kingdom of God, but they also flip the world’s values upside-down. As Rev. Jay Smith says, the Beatitudes are a “radical reordering of our values.” That reordering helps us live rightly, but all this right living isn’t in an attemptContinue reading “Kingdom Living Now: Inclusion”