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"
Many of us know the story of the rich man who comes to Jesus and asks, “Good Teacher, what must I do to inherit eternal life?” What we might have missed is that Jesus eventually looks deeply and carefully inside this guy. It’s a rare thing that Jesus does (as this verb, emblepo, in this form only occurs […]Read more "All Is Gift 5: Money"
The writer of James suggests that there’s something about the heavenly lights. It’s like the heavenly lights tell a story. But what is that story? Perhaps it’s the story of beginnings…of genesis. Genesis tells a story of a God who creates order…who starts with light…who extends goodness…who has power to speak and things happen…and finally…who partners with creatures, gives them power to extend […]Read more "All Is Gift 3: Creation"
Pastor Suzanna Helms shared with us her personal journey of seeing ALL IS GIFT. On All Saints Sunday, Pastor Suzanna then helped us to see that the focal point for all gifts is relationships. The best thing that God has given us–in fact, the whole reason we’ve been created–is relationships. We have been made and gifted for one […]Read more "All Is Gift 2: Relationships"
We may not realize it, but we see the world and people through certain lenses at all times. Perhaps we see through the lens of American culture. Perhaps we see through the lens of the family environment in which we grew up. Perhaps we see through the lens of shame or ego. The writer of James invites us to […]Read more "All Is Gift 1"