• Seeking Rest – Seeking Sabbath

    If you are like me, you probably think you are busy. Am I right? I listen to several podcasts each week (on average 12, but sometimes a few more). (I like listening to music, but you can only listen to the same stuff over and over, so when I am driving more than 15 minutes, I listen to podcasts or books.) I listen to podcasts which analyze news from a Christian perspective, are related to productivity, or are leadership-oriented, among others. As I do this, I realize that every one of the people I listen to is far busier than me. And, I am busy. I serve as a pastor.…

  • Everyday Love

    This post will go live on Valentine’s Day 2020. Are you planning anything special for that loved one? You may call me unromantic, but my wife and I do not do anything special on February 14th. The date means very little to us. We do not exchange cards nor do we exchange gifts. I do not send flowers and we do not go out to eat, etc. (I do buy her one box of chocolates around this time every year, but that is more of a “just because” and because the kind she likes are everywhere). Really, we do not do anything special. But that does not mean I do…

  • A Test of Humility

    How does God get your attention? God is always at work around us, but it is up to us to realize it. The challenge is that we are often so busy that we miss the opportunities God provides us to know Him, to serve Him, to love Him. And, in that process that means that we often miss an opportunity to grow. Maybe you can relate. I know this week I have been given some definite reminders. I was born in Kansas City and lived there for the first four decades of my life. Now, I am less than a two- hour drive, and because of my teaching, I am…

  • Humility

    In last week’s post, I wrote about the humility of Jesus. This week, I want to consider an Old Testament example of humility. In fact, the statement is a bold statement about being humble. Indeed, it is nearly as shocking as Paul’s use of the word “nothing” in Philippians 2.7. Before I mention the text, what would you think about me if I said that I was a very humble man? You may have a lot of questions. You may take exception. And that’s ok, because I am not saying I am a very humble man, I am simply asking what you would think if I did. But Moses did…

  • The Humility of Jesus

    Humility. This word is so difficult for us to properly understand. It has been said that as soon as someone thinks s/he is humble, they are no longer humble. But as C.S. Lewis once said, “Humility is not thinking less of yourself, it is thinking of yourself less.” That definition may be cleverly worded, but it is fundamentally true. In Philippians 2, Paul wrote to the church that he wanted them to “complete my joy” (Phil 2.2). This joy would come by them being united in heart and in mind. Then, Paul says that they should not only think of their own interests, they should also consider the interests of…

  • What Do You Think About God?

    What comes to mind when you hear the word god? Are you offended that I typed that word in lower case? If so, then you probably have a high view of God. However, most people, on a worldwide scale, believe in a god rather than the one true God. But it is not enough to think that a word should be capitalized. It is not the word that matters, it is the Being that matters. A. W. Tozer once wrote, “What comes into our minds when we think about God is the most important thing about us.” (1) Indeed. Is Jesus important? Yes. But if we do not believe that…

  • A Resolution Toward Truth

    How are you doing on your resolutions? I am not here to discourage you or to hold you accountable; rather, I want to encourage you. If you have already given up, why not start again. As I say so often, you only fail when you refuse to get up after you fall. So, get up, and start moving forward again. Having said that, let me remind you many resolutions fail because they are too vague. Resolutions need to have some specificity in order to consider the steps needed to achieve the ultimate goal. These steps then allow us to not only move forward, but to track the progress we have…

  • A Goal to Reflect

    Have you made any resolutions for the new year? Today is day three. Are you still keeping them? I have made resolutions in the past, but like most people, I have failed. I think something like 10% of people actually keep their resolutions. I have tried and been successful in some resolutions, and I have failed miserably in others. But I am not here to pick on you or me for our failures, I want to help us all know that we have a choice to start again. I am not just talking about resolutions from years past. I am talking about anything in which you need a do-over. The…

  • Short Reviews – A Review of My 4th Quarter Reading of The City of God

    I took a reading detour during the 4th Quarter. I did finish a couple of books I intended to read, but rather than sticking to my list, I decided to finish a book I had started in early 2018. The book may be familiar to many (or at least some) who read this, but I had not taken the time to read it before now. The book is titled, The City of God, by Augustine. As I have said many times before, when you are a student, much of your reading is assigned. Being on the other side of the desk, so to speak, I can now choose my reading,…

  • Knowing God, Part 3

    As we prepare for a new year and a new decade, a goal we should each have is to know God better. If we know God better, we should be better equipped to love Him more and to live accordingly (live in, not of – fotonni). Thus, for these last three weeks of the year, I am going to repost a short series from 2017 about knowing God. This is the third, and final, post of that series. You can find the first and second post here and here. — This post first appeared on this blog’s former site fotonni.blogspot.com on December 21, 2017. In the first two posts of…