Marcescence. You know what that is, right? Yea, neither did I when I first saw the word, although I have seen it in action. Marcescence is the retention of dead plant organs that normally are shed. It's the 'holding-on' of dead leaves through the winter months. We see it today in our shumard red oaks. A … Continue reading Marcescence
At the core of every person's life is a need for relationships — with God and with God’s people. God designed us, as people made in His image, with a desire to love and be loved. And yet, in our selfishness and sinfulness, it seems all we can think of is ourselves - me, myself, and … Continue reading Love One Another
Unborn babies are living human beings created and loved by God and deserving, though defenseless, of our love and protection.
As we gather together this week to celebrate Thanksgiving, we begin the Holiday season that provides significant time with family and friends. For many, however, the extra time with people is not a time of celebration, but of significant stress because of unresolved conflict -- maybe even many years of it. The easy thing, the … Continue reading Resolving Conflict
O LORD, our God, how incredible is Your character and reputation throughout the heavens and the Earth. When I slow down enough to really think about who You truly are – I’m in awe. It’s amazing to consider all that You've done so easily and completely, and yet, You love humanity (me) as Your creation … Continue reading Magnificent
"For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but it is God’s power to us who are being saved." 1 Corinthians 1:18 After sixteen centuries and more during which the cross has been a sacred symbol, it's difficult to realize the unspeakable horror and loathing which the very mention or … Continue reading The Power of the Cross
So often, especially in the US, our identity seems to get wrapped up in our possessions (homes, cars, finances, etc..) and our value is usually related to what we do (teacher, engineer, manager, etc..). But God has called us to find our worth and our purpose in our relationship with Him. He has set us apart as believers … Continue reading Kingdom of Priests