Pastor Zeke’s Blog
Do you celebrate enough? No, really—I mean it. Celebration is important. It’s something we should practice regularly. I would go so far as to call it a spiritual discipline. In fact, the Bible is filled with a variety of celebrations.
At ICC, we want to grow closer to God and one another. And we want our families to thrive. It’s great when this happens reflexively, organically. But often this takes directed effort.
The weather forecast calls for a chance of thunderstorms just about every day this week. The typical nighttime thunderstorm doesn’t usually bother me. Sometimes the thunder will be loud enough to wake me, but I kind of like the sound, even if my dog doesn’t like the booming noise.
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!