What Change Time Yields

I first sat on the curb with Lars a few years ago. He wouldn't look at me, or talk to me, or accept anything from me. The most I got out of him was, "No thanks." I quickly learned to not hand him money or food, but to simply leave it on the sidewalk for …

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Psalm 27: Hide and Seek Tickle

Have you ever played Hide and Seek Tickle? Here's what you do: the adult hides, and all the kids search for the adult, but separately. The kid who finds the adult gets pulled into a tickle hug and isn't let go until the other kids come running to the rescue. Then all the kids get …

Psalm 25

...and after Ps 24, when we recognize God as creator, redeemer, friend and King, our souls trust in Him, we feel His forgiveness, and we are able to receive His instruction and live humble before Him. God, may our families and communities receive Your word and instruction with humble hearts.

Psalm 23

One of my favorite pictures, and combined with the 23rd Psalm and where we were in life, this moment is a forever-memory for me of God shepherding our family.

Psalm 22

Jesus cries out from this psalm while on the cross. The whole psalm not only has foreshadowing and direct prophesy, it declares : "It will be told of the Lord to the coming generation..." What God has done will be told. Lord, let it be told to the coming generation!  

Psalm 21

I really enjoy these Psalms that hint at Jesus and what He does for us. I can't imagine being the guys who got these glimpses of Christ revealed to them the Spirit. May our kids have revelations of Christ's 2nd coming!

Psalm 18

(Can't tell you how many times we sang this growing up in church. Might even have been the first church song I learned how to play.) Lord God, be exalted and be blessed, for You alone are worthy of praise. You have saved us from our enemies, and are the Ever-living One.

Psalm 16

This verse is awesome. Peter preaches from it in Acts 2. The Lord did not allow Jesus to undergo decay, but raised Him up. He also will not abandon our souls to death, but raise us up!  

Psalm 14

Lord, may we not entertain the thoughts of the foolish and may we ever be thankful that You sought us out so that we might seek You. A strange verse to teach our kids, yes. Except that Paul uses it later to show that none of us prove ourselves by seeking after God. It is …

Psalm 13

May our children find that even when You seem far away, that their hearts remember what You have already done and that they rejoice in You. It's hard when God seems distant. Maybe because we grow up hearing He's always there. How do we teach our kids to trust He's there when it doesn't feel …

Psalm 8

When in a plane, the most wonderful screen you can stare at, the most entertaining, soul-reflective screen is the one that reminds you of your true size: the window. The God of the universe cares for you.

Psalm 5

Monday mornings can be rough. But if we are in the practice of ordering our prayers to God and eagerly watching, the whole week can have new meaning!

Psalm 3

Yes, this is a sock puppet I made years ago, one of a set of two with which a friend and I did a brief children's ministry stint. We named our socks Frodo and Sam. And yes, he took this sock all the way to New Zealand where the Lord of the Rings movies were …

Psalm 1

This wall is part of a complex in Mexico that cares for children. My son and I spent a week there last Christmas. May all our children be like trees, firmly planted in the word of God, yielding fruit in their season.

Broke Down

You know when you go grocery shopping and you get that cart with the bad wheel in the front? The one that sticks, or lumps along, or pulls your cart to one side? Sucks, right? Imagine pushing that cart down the road as you leave town with everything you could find while scrounging through dumpsters. …

Is that Jesus?

My son saw me loading this sketch and asked, "Is that Jesus?" A Jack and Lars Update I haven't seen Jack since some time in October. I was in Tim Horton's, frustrated that I needed to get a job and couldn't just make it happen, angry that any job would take away time from me …

Be Encouraged by the “In”

Look past the craziness, or the oppressive blandness--the apparent lack of life--and remember to be encouraged by what you're "in" and what's "in you." Philippians 1:3-11 I thank my God in all my remembrance of you, always offering prayer with joy in my every prayer for you all, in view of your participation in the gospel from the first day until now.