Do you know how the New Testament begins? Jesus’ birth? His baptism? John the Baptist in the desert? The answer…a genealogy. How exciting! Actually it is when you dig into it. It says everything about who Jesus is and what his coming to earth means. Abraham is the first name listed (in Matthew’s genealogy). This […]Read more "Family Tree: Abraham"
Saying thanks is one thing. Being grateful is another. People who are grateful are happier. They’re more generous. They’re more resilient. So that means we have to take time to notice our blessings. God has already done so much. If we take time to notice it and pause to say thanks to God, we change. We become […]Read more "The Gratitude Path 6: Just to Say Thanks, pt. 2"
Even if we are in the practice of gratitude, this world has a way of pulling us back into practicing despair. It has a way of knocking us down and convincing us that things ultimately will stay as they are. Practicing gratitude is about believing that things will be different. It’s expecting things to be […]Read more "The Gratitude Path 5: Expecting Different"
The Church has sent some bad messages about money. Give 10% because the Bible says so; it’s your duty.* Give because we have a need. Give because God’s going to give you stuff in return. Make no bones about it. We’re called to give our money. We’re called to open our lives–everything we are and […]Read more "The Gratitude Path 4: Currency & Economy"
Haven’t we all imagined what we’d do if we won the lottery? Haven’t we all dreamed of having a fortune? The Gospel of Luke is all about fortune. It’s about a reversal of fortune, of what it means to be a people of God’s fortune. It’s also about what causes us to miss out on God’s fortune. […]Read more "The Gratitude Path 3: Give and It Will Be Given to You"