The Refiner’s Fire

I wonder if you, like me, have grown weary of patterns in your own life. As I have grown older, I have recognized that there are certain impulses and tendencies in my personality that I have worked very hard to overcome, but they are still there, causing me – and others – no end of trouble. I am looking forward to passing through the refiner’s fire. I am so joyful to know that those traits will be judged and gone forever. … More The Refiner’s Fire

A Time of Judgment

This week we come to the Advent theme of judgment. This theme of Jesus’ second coming makes many of us uneasy. Often, we struggle to embrace the reality that Jesus is a God of both love and justice. So, it has become popular to skip over the Biblical passages that highlight Jesus’ coming judgment. Yet Jesus spoke often about hell, judgment and God’s wrath, so wisdom would suggest that we listen. … More A Time of Judgment

A Time of Celebration

In Revelation 19:1 – 9 we see that when Jesus returns there is a great celebration. All of the saints from all generations gather together to worship Jesus for who he is and what he has done. This grand celebration includes moments of joy-filled worship from a triumphant church that culminates with the marriage supper of the Lamb, where there is eating and drinking and perhaps even a little dancing. … More A Time of Celebration

Waiting While Doing

Today and tomorrow we are going to journey with Zechariah as he waits for God to answer his prayers. I think the greatest fear we carry when it comes to prayer is not being heard. After all, not being heard can communicate that our concerns don’t matter and, subsequently, that we don’t matter.

This is where Zechariah finds himself as he goes to the temple to work his job. He had asked God to give him a child, and for years it seemed that God was not listening. I wonder if Zechariah ever felt forgotten by God. If he did, this must have been troubling for a man whose name literally means “My God Remembers.” … More Waiting While Doing