Dark Mourning, Deep Mercy (Lamentations 1-2)

MOTIVATE 2020 was a tough year because few, if any, had experienced a pandemic. We are all inadequate and need to give ourselves space and grace to one another. Imagine having those feelings of inadequacies all your life. Frodo Baggins in Tolkein classic LOTR. Frodo is a hobbit character who is unsuspectingly called upon to…

Living in Exile (Jeremiah 29)

Jeremiah 29:1-14 / Introduction to series on Lamentations 3 observations #1 Jeremiah’s letter shared good news but not without the bad news. Babylon was ungodly city ruled by idolatrous and immoral leaders. Jeremiah didn’t want to write this letter, but he needed to. It took courage in the face of other leaders who contrasted his…

It Will Be New Soon

All things will be new soon. The new year has the potential for better hopes than the last. Changing circumstances around us on a public or personal level can transform our happiness. But the reality is that newness doesn’t just start with the tick of a clock past midnight into January 1. Jesus creates newness…

Perfect Purpose (Luke 2:52)

MOTIVATE Could you imagine if we celebrated Christmas every day? As we finish the final days of December and enter the cold winter months, not to mention the tough and trying year of 2020, we need something to look forward. Or, perhaps we need something to look backward. The key to life, faith, and joy…