Let me ask you a question: Is being dissatisfied a good or a bad thing? It depends right? We should be content in the circumstances of this world (see Philippians 4:11-12). Yet we should never be satisfied with our spiritual life (see Philippians 3:12-14). Several years ago, I taught a lesson: Have a Competitive Edge for Your … Continue reading Love God with All My Heart
Have you ever wondered why some people's faith just doesn't seem to make a difference in their life? We all face difficult circumstances. Everyone deals with the trials and troubles of this world. But why do some seem to walk with grace and strength and others get entangled and stuck in the midst of the storms? … Continue reading Written on My Heart
One human activity that transcends every culture is the Sacrament of Celebration. In every culture sharing a meal brings the potential of ever deepening relationships. I know in the church we talk about the Sacraments of Baptism, the Lord's Supper and Marriage. But we rarely talk about Celebration. From the weekly Sabbath to the Holy … Continue reading Partying Like Jesus!
There is not much difference between a rut and groove. We find ourselves stuck in a rut while a groove provides us a healthy rhythm of productivity. I have found that religious rules are like ruts. They are driven by rote behaviors that lack meaning leaving us in a spiritual slump. Spiritual habits on the … Continue reading Love Your Neighbor
Have you ever had a defining moment or what I call an Abraham Moment? You know what I mean, those experiences that clarify who you are. Several years ago, God was teaching me to respond to His promptings. It was a beautiful spring day. I had finished a project when I had this sense in my … Continue reading Abraham Moments
I have a strong capacity for believing the best of people. It has been a great asset to me as a friend, a pastor, and a leader. It can also be a liability. I have often had to heed the council of friends when they say to me, "Tracy, just because you are not paranoid, … Continue reading #LIVELOVE