Pastor Zeke’s Blog
When many of us think of summertime, we think of vacations. Maybe you head to the beach. Some people prefer the mountains. Others want to tour the city or travel abroad. Wherever you like to go, I want to remind you that summertime is NOT a time to take a vacation from God. Our relationship to God is important no matter the season. If you have children, then I’m sure you want them to keep growing over the summer, too. So, how do we do that? Using the acronym, PT FROG, here are six secrets to summertime spiritual success for students, five of which work just as well for adults.
The federal Memorial Day holiday evolved from the Decoration Day tradition of decorating the graves of American war dead with flowers. It is a time to remember the people who died while serving in our country’s armed forces. More than 1.1 million people have died while serving in our military. Because of the sacrifices of so many before us, we get to experience the freedoms that we enjoy, and too often take for granted, today.
The more people I talk with, the more I find that people too often get things out of balance. At one extreme, we have people who work 60+ hours/week (and spend another 10+ hours commuting), leaving little time for family, fun, rejuvenation, and ministry outside the workplace. On the other end, we have folks who are trying to do the least amount of work possible, barely working even when they are on the job, if they have one. Then, of course, there are people everywhere in between on the spectrum. Figuring out the right balance between work and rest, or work and the rest of life, can be a lot of work!
Some of us have been traveling the road of financial bondage, financial dependence, and financial worry for far too long. How do we exit off this congested highway onto the freeway of financial freedom? If nothing else, the exit for financial freedom looks like...
Sometimes organized Christianity gets a bad rap, historically, because of the negative things that have been done by so-called Christians. This reputation, however, overlooks how much good real Christ-followers have done in this world.
Good is a strange thing to call the Friday on which your hero was tortured and killed. Mourning Friday or Tragic Friday would be more natural titles. The original Good Friday was certainly anything but good for the original followers of Jesus. They were bewildered, grief-stricken, terrified, and heartbroken. Their hopes and dreams were dashed. They were in fear of being arrested and maybe killed, too.