Changes

Snow, fog, & thunderstorms only in Kansas would you experience all three in a 24 hour span of time. Life is filled with changes, not just the weather. Can you imagine what life would be like without changes? I think it would be rather boring. Change keeps us on our toes. It keeps us from remaining in the status quo.
As I look to the scriptures one of the many things that I find is change. God is all about bringing change to a person’s life. He calls us to a new life. A life different from the old. A life with a new focus, a different attitude, and a different outlook. Something amazing about all of this – God brings about the changes in many different ways and we are the recipients. WOW!! I don’t know about you, but I’m grateful for the changes that God has brought to my life and continues to bring.
“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come.” II Corinthians 5:17

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Ups & Downs and Everything in Between

Have you ever felt as though you were on a roller coaster ride that would never end? I’ve been on that roller coaster and I would call it “LIFE.” I can only speak for myself, but I feel certain many would agree with me. Life is filled with ups and downs, peaks and valleys, twists and turns, and a whole lot of other things. Just when you think you’ve got a handle on one thing something else comes along and throws you for another loop. One minute we feel as though we are on top of the world. The next moment we are flying down the track wondering what’s ahead and when will it end.
I’m not a big roller coaster rider. I don’t enjoy having my stomach tied in knots. Gripping the chair is not what I call fun. It’s not that I’m frightened scared, this isn’t my type of fun. I can think of a lot of other ways to have fun and excitement. So I
choose other ways to have fun.
But I can’t avoid the roller coaster of life. I’ve had my share of the ups and downs, twists and turns. Through all of it, I’ve grown. My faith has been challenged and deepened. I’ve learned more and more about myself and my faith.
When you get on the roller coaster at the amusement park the ride eventually ends
and you get off. The roller coaster of life does not end, but our journey with God will determine how we handle all that occurs on the ride.
As our faith grows, our dependence upon the Lord grows as well. We are better prepared and better equipped for any twist, turn, peak or valley that we may encounter.
“Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to with the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ
Jesus.” Philippians 3:13-14

The Holy Spirit

Sunday’s message will focus on the Holy Spirit and His place within the Trinity, as well as, within our lives. There is so much found within scripture about the Holy Spirit. Numerous books and articles have been written related to the Spirit of God. I’m sure there have been many sermons and Bible Studies presented on this subject. In spite of all that is available to us, there is still a great mystery that surrounds the Spirit.
As I have been reading, studying, and writing my mind has experienced overload. To understand and process everything can be overwhelming. There is much that we will not know or understand about the Spirit of God. For this reason alone I trust God. I’m trusting Him to guide me on this journey that He and I are on. He will reveal to me what I need to know along the way. By the way, a guide is one of the roles that the Holy Spirit will play in a Christ followers life.
If you are in Lawrence on Sunday, I hope you will join us as take a look at the Holy Spirit.
But I tell you the truth: It is for your good that I am going away. Unless I go away, the Counselor will not come to you; but if I go, I will send him to you. John 16:7

Continue the Celebration!

For one week during the month of February we have three birthdays within our household – Andy 7th, Becky 14th, and Katie 15th. Today is Katie’s day. Our oldest and only daughter celebrates her birthday today! I remember her birth as though it were yesterday. Becky was in labor for over nineteen hours and finally came the arrival of our daughter. My description of Katie as a baby was “pleasingly plump.” She was a big baby! Today she is a petite and beautiful young lady. There is much that runs through my mind as I think of my daughter – a strong, independent individual who takes on whatever comes before her with determination. Although she may be petite in size, her voice and abilities are large. There is not much that can stop Katie.
As I reflect on Katie’s life God has blessed her with the ability to lead. She has been a leader in many of the relationships that she has been a part of, on the cheer squads that she was on in high school & college, and within the work environment. I am a proud dad of all that Katie has accomplished and continue to be proud of my daughter.
I am amazed at what God has packaged in this little bundle of energy that is my daughter.
KT, may you use your gifts and abilities in ways that will honor your Father in heaven. Twenty seven years ago I gave thanks for my little girl. Today, like all those days that followed your birth, I continue to give thanks for my little girl. I look forward to what God has in store for your life. Happy birthday toot!

Celebrating Love!

Today is what many would consider as a day to focus on love. The day when “I love you” is expressed in a variety of ways. It is the dead of winter, yet flowers are being given out more than any other time of the year. Candy is being exchanged and eaten not by the children, grown men and women are enjoying the sweets. Cards with mushy thoughts and handwritten notes are exchanged among husbands and wives, boyfriends and girlfriends. It is Valentines Day. Words are expressed and actions are extended on this day like no other day during the year. Valentines Day has that kind of impact on people.
To my Valentine – Becky – it is also her birthday. We celebrate her birth on this day and continue to celebrate our love for each other today and every day. She has been a part of my life for almost thirty years. An enormous blessing from God came my way in August of 1981. I can’t imagine life without her. We have shared so much and I look forward to sharing a great deal more. Happy Birthday and Happy Valentines Day Becky!

Time to Celebrate!

Today is my son Andy’s 25th birthday! Wow, twenty-five years ago God blessed my wife and I with another bundle of blessing. When Andy came into this world I already had a little girl, with his arrival I now had a little boy. It was an amazing time for our family. Over the twenty-five years we have seen our little boy grow into a strong and committed young man, whom we are extremely proud of. He has stayed true to his convictions, displaying an uncompromising faith. My three kids have made me proud many, many times. On this day, I say to Andy – I am proud to call you my son. Even though you are only twenty-five, I have been awed by what you have done and continue to do. As a dad I have a responsibility to teach my children lessons related to all aspects of life. Andy, thanks for making it so easy to be your dad and thank you for the lessons you have taught me. Happy birthday to our music loving, Jayhawk fan of a son. Happy birthday buddy.
When asked, “What do you enjoy doing?” One response I always give is, being with my family. If you’ve been around me much at all you know that I enjoy talking about my kids. I am a proud and grateful dad.