It’s fascinating to read Matthew, Chapter 10.  Jesus gave simple instructions in verses 6-10 when he sent the disciples to change the world with the message:  Share the message of the closeness and accessibility of the realm of heaven.  Bring...
Matthew 9 . . . is a few short stories . . . about Jesus healing people. Take some time and think on the meaning of Matthew's stories.  Because.  The reality of each story is profound and life changing....
These words are good to underline in Matthew 8 and think on:  Healing. Calm.  Instantly.   Immediately.   We live in a tired time.  It’s hard to think of doing one more thing.   So.  It’s interesting to read about the work of...

Champion

Doing what we are assigned to do requires grit and determination in our messy, unforgiving world. The thing is . . . when we commit to being fully engaged with our life assignment . . . there's going to...
I watched a certain ten-year-old perform with her peers in a casual orchestra concert. My attention was drawn to every move she made as she played her instrument.  It's amazing to watch a human-being grow and change, leaning into...
Ultimately, it’s vital to understand and implement the crucial best practice to stay the course and  do what’s ours to do. It requires resolve.   Acts 6:2-4 is clear not to do what is assigned for others to do.  Sometimes it feels like...
As far as I'm concerned, Oregon's Cannon Beach is one of the wonders of the world.  Its infamous Haystack Rock rises above the shoreline, underscoring the miraculous work of God.  I've enjoyed walking on the sandy shoreline in this...
Taking action to shift gears to pause, reflect, and renew provides the pathway for more energy and clarity to live our best.  One of the keys to shifting into a pause-and-slow-down from the fast-paced week is to step back from...
I served on a pastoral staff with an amazing life-teacher, an older pastor, who eventually became a great friend.  His energy never seemed to fail him. One of his repeatable and teachable sayings continues to be underlined deep in the soul:...

Exceed

I have sat at the table with many people who have pressed into the belief of never being enough. It seems to be more prevalent than ever. There's a narrative within each of us, telling the story of our past, now, and not-yet. The...