Going Green 3: Do-It-Yourself or Hired Hands?

A National Gardening Survey revealed that 71 percent of all U.S. households (an estimated 82 million) participated in one or more types of lawn and garden activities in 2007. The most popular lawn and garden activities in 2007 included lawn care (48% of households), growing indoor houseplants (31% of households), flower gardening (30% of households),…

Chasing Lambs

“Rejoice with me because I have found my lost sheep.” LUKE 15 I often begin my day with a morning walk with God at Gale Woods Farm near our home. Rolling hills, a wooded path, a lake and pastures with grazing cows and playful sheep are the background to this life-giving routine. Today as I was…

So Heavenly-minded, No Earthly Good?

“Don’t Be So Heavenly Minded That You’re of no Earthly Good.” Has this ever been said of you?  What do people usually mean by such a statement?  Can someone ever become too heavenly minded? I would submit that such a statement is based upon an inaccurate understanding of “heavenly” and “earthly”. This old, platonic dualistic view…

Are We Running in Vain?

The greatest tragedy is not to die but to have lived a long life with no real sense of purpose. Twenty-first century life in the West boasts of more freedoms, opportunities, modern comforts, and vocational choices than ever before.  Yet, we are also more depressed than ever before. We go-go-go nonstop, working longer hours and involving…

Inhabiting the Lord’s Prayer

  Our Father who is in heaven, Hallowed be Your name. Your kingdom come. Your will be done, On earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors. And do not lead us into temptation, but deliver us from evil.  The Lord’s Prayer is more than just a quaint,…

28-Day Spiritual Fitness Challenge

Instead of giving up something for Lent this year, how about taking up a 28-Day Spiritual fitness challenge? Two amazing MainStreet friends — Jaimie Hanly and Melissa Noreen — created a wonderful tool for growing in one’s prayer life and relationship with God. It’s a great idea for this Lenten season. In invite you to check this out, and join…

A Tale of Two Buildings (1 Peter 2:4-11)

There are two major building projects undertaken in the story of Scripture — they both continue today. In our study of 1 Peter we discover that each believer is called to be a part of God’s “spiritual temple” He is building. In the OT era, God’s healing, forgiving presence dwelled in the physical temple in Jerusalem. People…

Cabin 05: Meeting Jesus

I was awake well before the sunrise. I paced the house, deep in thought. What will it be like to meet Jesus face to face?  How should I address him? A handshake? A hug? Should I fall down prostrate in worship? Should I offer him some toast and orange juice?  My thoughts were both practical and ridiculous…