What’s that, God?

Philippians 3:12-17 is a common passage to preach on for the New Year but when the pastor announced the text, my ears perked up. You see, I have been studying this passage in a book a friend gave me. One of my BSF teachers used to say that when you hear the same message coming from more then one source, […]

Hello, My name is TJ and I am a grouch

Right before Thanksgiving, my children and I finished a book about Eric Liddell probably known best through the Chariots of Fire movie. In the book, I was impressed with how upbeat and positive Eric was in all circumstances including being in a Japanese War camp. I was also convicted about how grouchy I had been since I had started to […]

My picks of 2006

I thought I would list my favorite books of the year. Soon I hope to have my website going that reviews books but that is more of a someday thing at the moment. My top 5 nonfiction 1. Grace Based Parenting by Tim Kimmel 2. Captivating by Stasi and John Elderidge 3. The Power of a Praying Wife by Stormie […]

A few thoughts about doing the hard things

Do you ever have times where you seem to be getting the same or a similar message from more then one source? Well here is the message I have been hearing lately. I am not going to add too much but let the quotes speak for themselves. 1. From Beth Moore: ” Life is hard anyways so why don’t we […]

Living a Life of Grace

This morning I just finished reading the biography of Ruth Bell Graham. I was encouraged and challenged by her life. She grew up as missionary kid in China and then went to Wheaton College where she ended up meeting her husband Billy Graham. Ruth’s life was filled with supporting her husband, raising her children and showing grace to all those […]

A Holy, fierce passion

This summer I have been reading Captivating by John and Stasi Elderidge. In their chapter called Romanced, this is what they said: ” Faithful obedience to God is vital, but it is not all God draws us to…. The persecuted church is vast today. More Christians are being matryered in our lifetime than in any other time in church history. […]

God’s Guidance-A Slow and Certain Light

So far this year one of the best books that I have read is a book by Elisabeth Elliot called God’s Guidance- A Slow and Certain Light. Elisabeth Elliot had a way of reminding me of things that I knew but she presented them in a new light. She reminded me of how the Lord’s prayer can make a good […]