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Trust is the Fuel of Life
February 20th, 2024
Trust is the fuel of life.  Trust makes everything work because we have been wired to trust both God and other trustworthy people.   In the days ahead, I pray that God will teach you how to build trusting relationships or strengthen the trust in your relationships.  When we get trust right, we live in safe, reliable relationships that are for our good and not our harm.  When we get trust right, we...
The Anatomy of Trust
February 15th, 2024
We’ve all heard it….” just trust me.” Like that is supposed to make you jump on board when someone says it. It always falls short, and as the neuroscientists tell us, there is good reason. It turns out that your entire nervous system and brain is wired to always scan the environment and every person, and ask one question before any other: is it safe? The answer to that one question, a decision tha...
Kids & Love
February 15th, 2024
from the Parent Cue Talking to my kids about love scares me. Love feels like such a massive, important topic and I’m afraid I’ll mess it up. My kids are eight and three—how can I distill the grand concept of love in a way they’ll understand not only now but for a lifetime? To be honest, I’m only just discovering what love is…at the not-so-tender age of nearly 40.It’s not that I wasn’t taught about...
Every Day is Revival Day
January 26th, 2024
This past Sunday, we kicked off our Revival Sunday series of worship events at Parkway Victoria and Parkway Port Lavaca. Throughout the year, we will set aside days to seek the Lord through extended worship with music, prayer, and an inspirational message at all locations.In the Old Testament, we saw the people of God set aside days to seek the Lord. They had a day where they would seek atonement ...
Jesus is proof.
December 25th, 2023
God's love is at the heart of Christmas. The Bible tells us that:  “This is how God showed his love among us: He sent his one and only Son into the world that we might live through him.  This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins.” (1 John 4:9-10) Every Christmas, we celebrate and know that God chose to love us.  He didn’t wait f...
Jesus is our joy.
December 20th, 2023
When the birth of the Savior was announced to the shepherds in the field, the promise was clear:  we have nothing to fear because the birth of our Savior is good news that brings joy to all people.   The promise from the fields of Bethlehem still stands today.  Christmas is good news that brings great joy.At times, the Christmas season can seem more stressful than joyful. But, no matter the stress...
Jesus is our peace.
December 13th, 2023
6 For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders.  And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.  ISAIAH 9:6In an ever-changing, chaotic world, we need peace.  Peace that doesn’t come and go with the circumstances in life, but peace that is permanent.  Peace that doesn’t end at the grave, but is eternal.  P...
Surely Goodness and Mercy
December 5th, 2023
On Sunday, I wrapped up our study of Psalm 23 with one of the most encouraging verses in all of Scripture.  David summed up all of God’s care, concern, leadership, and protection in Psalm 23:6 when he penned.PSALM 23:6 6 Surely your goodness and love will follow me all the days of my life, and I will dwell in the house of the Lord. Forever.  There are a few words that jump out from this single ver...
Experiencing Abundance in a Scarcity World
November 29th, 2023
In Psalm 23:5, we see a picture of God’s provision for us.   David describes this with beautiful imagery.  Psalm 23:5 You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies. You anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows.  In David’s day, it was the host's responsibility to welcome guests with a couple of common practices:  anointing their heads with oil which was soothing and refreshing, and ...
In the Presence of My Enemies
November 23rd, 2023
Psalm 23:5 presents our relationship with God as a meal at a table. It’s not just any meal. It’s a special meal with the best of everything. Even better, our host is also the best of everything, and He is there to dine with us, talk to us, be with us, and enjoy us.This meal sounds great.  The food couldn’t be better.  The company couldn’t be better.   The conversation couldn’t be better but take n...
Seeing the Light in Dark Times
November 14th, 2023
From Lifeway As we continue our study of Psalm 23, I invite you to a familiar oasis where we will see that God is closer than you think in times of crisis.  In the first four verses of Ps. 23, David takes the gentle picture of a shepherd with his sheep to describe the relationship God has with us and we with Him. Everything makes sense in our understanding of a shepherd leading his flock to green ...
Finding Rest in a Restless World
November 10th, 2023
Psalm 23 offers something that we all need today.  It offers us rest and renewal in the midst of our busy lives.   In our always-on, always-available culture, we all want rest and renewal and we are all challenged to find both.  One of the reasons, we struggle to find rest is because our our unhealthy engagement with social media.  Social media is an all-of-us problem because it promises rest and ...
The Lord is My Shepherd
November 3rd, 2023
Psalm 23 is very personal.  This is David's testimony, his personal experience with God.  There are no references to "we" or "us" or "they," but only "my" and "me" and "I" and "You."  But what comforts us and helps us is the psalm's confidence. David really believes this about God. We realize as we linger over these words that what David writes is not poetic exaggeration or theoretical theology. H...
Leaving a Legacy
October 24th, 2023
We all leave a legacy.  Some legacies are good.  Others, not so much.  Discover from the life of David how to pass down a legacy worth living.  If you evaluate David as a parent, you are going to see someone who looks alot like you feel as a parent.  You are going to see someone with some high and extremely low points as a parent.  He got some things right and got many things terribly wrong.  Rath...
The Path Back
October 20th, 2023
Through the story of David and Bathsheba,   we learn from the failures of David that there is always a path home to the Lord.  That path back is confession and repentance.  That God gives us a way back no matter what we have done and no matter how far we have drifted is such good news.May the truths that we learn from David's sin, drive deep into your heart and life as you live with a heart after ...
5 Tech Boundaries to Put in Place
October 19th, 2023
From The Parent Cue Blog On Christmas Day, kids across the world rushed to their living room to find a nondescript, squarish box with their name on it waiting under the tree. The device they’ve been waiting, begging even, for. (Cue angelic, four-part harmony fit for the heavens.)Ah, technology. The thrill of it is quite unmatched as are the possibilities. For some parents, devices promise a cup of...
5 Ways to Use Technology with Your Teenager
October 12th, 2023
From The Parent Cue Blog I’m not going to give you a bunch of statistics about how much we’re on our phones, tablets, and computers, because we already know it’s a lot—probably (definitely) too much. But here’s the deal—those numbers aren’t really changing. People (kids, teens, and adults) gravitate toward technology because technology makes life easier. I mean, isn’t that the whole point of it? W...
A Life of Worship
October 12th, 2023
David's love for and worship of God is beautifully evident in his Psalms, where he pours out his heart in praise, lament, and adoration.  He bares his soul before God, but David’s love for God isn’t limited to private moments with Him.  David worshipped God with great passion and great devotion and he wanted others to do the same.  Discover how you can live a life of worship to honor God.In 2 Samu...
Solving Technology Issues
October 5th, 2023
From The Parent Cue Blog The next time you go to plug in one of your electronics or one of your kids’ electronics, look at the plug. Have you ever wondered why an electrical plug has 3 prongs? And what are those 3 prongs are for? Is it important to have all 3?One of the prongs is called the “neutral”, the other is called the “hot,” and the one on the bottom is called the “ground.” Bear with me now...
Is Your Child Addicted to Technology?
September 28th, 2023
From The Parent Cue Living and raising kids in a digital world means there are so many devices vying for our kids’ attention. Managing screen time is an ever-present struggle for many parents because screens are literally everywhere, leaving a lot of parents to wonder if their kids have—or run the risk of—an addiction to technology.  If this feels true for you and your kids, you are not alone. And...