The Back of God

In Exodus 33, we find an interesting interaction between Moses and God (as if each interaction isn't already interesting enough!).  In verse 18, Moses makes a rather odd but direct request of God; "...show me your glory."  It's an oddrequest only when you consider all that Moses has seen and experienced up to this point.  But Moses …

A Blank Page

I was reading an article earlier today that I can certainly relate to.  For those of you who have ever been in the practice of journaling, you could probably understand.  The author mentioned how starting a new journal can be a bit of a daunting task.  You've got all of these blank pages that are …

The Dichotomy of a Day

[This appeared first at LifeChurchNC.com] November 10, 2017 As I sat in my chair yesterday evening reflecting on the day, the word dichotomy kept coming to mind.  The day started with spending my morning constantly choking back tears, taking in this indescribably beautiful scene at Isenberg Elementary School where folks from our church family and community joyfully interacted with children, washed their …

Reformation

[This appeared first at LifeChurchNC.com] October 27, 2017 While Halloween and trick-or-treating will be on most people's minds come Tuesday October 31, 2017, this October 31 in particular holds particular significance for another reason.  Depending on your background, how much you have been following the news in the 'Christian world,' or how much you've been paying attention …

The Gospel According to Cheerwine

[This appeared first at LifeChurchNC.com] May 19, 2017 Shortly after moving to Salisbury nearly four years ago, we were immediately (and should I say, most appropriately) greeted with lots of Cheerwine. For much of my life, I had assumed Cheerwine was a world-famous soft drink. Iʼm pretty sure it was my dadʼs favorite soft-drink while I was growing up. Although …

One Word 2017

[This appeared first at LifeChurchNC.com] January 2, 2017 What is your ONE Word for 2017? This was the focus of our conversation on January 1, 2017 as we kicked-off the New Year together during our ONE consolidated morning worship gathering. You can listen to the message HERE. The beginning of a New Year marks the …

Letters from War

[This appeared first at LifeChurchNC.com] November 11, 2016 For several years now there has been a framed letter we have proudly displayed in our livingroom. While neither the frame nor the piece of paper contained inside are of much value themselves, it is what the letter symbolizes that is of significance to us as a …

When the Foundations are Shaken

[This appeared first at LifeChurchNC.com] October 14, 2016 When the foundations are being destroyed, what can the righteous do?”  The Lord is in his holy temple; the Lord is on his heavenly throne. He observes everyone on earth; his eyes examine them... For the Lord is righteous, he loves justice; the upright will see his face. Psalm 11:3-4, 7 NIV By the grace …

Responding to Storms

[This appeared first at LifeChurchNC.com] October 7, 2016 He made the storm be still, and the waves of the sea were hushed. Psalm 107:29 NIV If one part suffers, every part suffers with it... 1 Corinthians 12:26 NIV This morning, Hurricane Matthew is bearing down on the southeast coast of the U.S.  Over the last several days, there has …