Our What, How, and Why

When the disciples asked Jesus how they should pray, He modeled the submission, confession, and adoration behind our prayer offerings to The Father. Matthew 6:9-13 9 “This, then, is how you should pray: “‘Our Father in heaven,hallowed be your name,10 your kingdom come,your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.11 Give us today […]

Why Do I Work?

“It is not in our nature to be satisfied with things as they are, to receive provision for our needs without working, to endure idleness for long, to toil in a system of uncreative regimentation, or to work in social isolation.” I read this in a devotional titled: The Theology of Work.  It is in […]

Pray More Worry Less

Labor Day traditionally heralds the change of seasons.  In many places, (Texas excluded) the dog days of summer come to a gradual end as the changes in the wind bring cooling temperatures.  Anticipation grows as a new school years dawns and the signs of fall begin to show themselves.    Well…Labor Day is upon us, […]

Believing is not Abiding

Every time I’m in the vineyard, God reveals more and more to me about my relationship with Him. If we look in the book of John 15: 5, we will see that Jesus tells His disciples, “I am the vine; you are the branches. If you abide in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart […]

Defender of My Heart

Do you ever find yourself with a heavy heart?  I confess that this is where I was yesterday.  It seemed that everywhere I turned frustration and disappointment faced me.  At the end of the day, my mind was tired of trying to rationalize why people do the things they do, and my heart was burdened […]

Our Source of Freedom

This is one of my favorite images of the flag.  It was painted by Frederic Edwin Church at the beginning of the Civil War. As our nation entered into a bloody and costly war, it resembled another ancient nation, Israel. These people also divided, one against the other, becoming enemies. Although these conflicts were set […]

Relationships or Rules?

I’m so grateful that God doesn’t expect perfection, but rather He values a willing heart! After generations of disobedience and idol worship, King Hezekiah led the people of Judah to repentance.  He cleansed the Temple and revived the religious festivals.  The people came with their offerings, but had failed to purify themselves according to the […]

The Master

Some of my favorite moments at our vineyard are sitting on the porch in the mornings, watching the sun rise or sitting around the fire pit at night, looking at the vast expanse of the stars. Out there, all of God’s creation comes into a sharper focus. I am reminded of this when I read […]

When Dreams are Deferred

Do you find yourself doubting God’s timing? Are you waiting for a promise from God to be fulfilled? Do you have dreams that are being delayed? Are your hopes beginning to crumble? Has your disappointment made you give your role in God’s plan to someone else? In the ancient world, infertility was seen as a […]