Advent · Books · Christmas · Jesus' Birth · Nativity

Short Advent Devotionals

I know we haven’t had Thanksgiving yet, and I am not trying to rush us through the holidays either. I want to  share a short list of Advent devotionals that you may be interested in purchasing. Advent is coming soon, and most of these devotionals you can use with the Advent calendar from December 1st… Continue reading Short Advent Devotionals

Forgiveness · Friendship · God's Word · Husband · Relationships · Satire · Wife

How to Maintain a Broken Relationship

People are always asking, me,”Tim, I’m in a great relationship, but have a small problem with that relationship right now. How can I make sure it’s never fixed?“ Here are five easy tips to make sure your relationship stays broken. Wait as long as you can to deal with the problem. Let the problem fester.… Continue reading How to Maintain a Broken Relationship

Gospel · Jesus · Marriage · Premarital Sex · Sex

Why Christians Believe in Marriage Before Sex

Throughout the latter part of last century there was a lot of  “legalism” in the church. There are many different kinds of legalism,  but I am referring to the kind which adds laws to God‘s laws. Many churches, pastors, and Christians started to move away from this in the new millennia. Again I’m not specifically… Continue reading Why Christians Believe in Marriage Before Sex

Church Life · Conflict · Leadership · Marriage · Resolution

Praise in Public, Confront in Private

I first heard the phrase, “Praise in public, confront in private,” years ago. I was with a group of leaders from my church and we were at a conference in Rochester, NY. The speaker talked about how this was one of the policies that they had in their church. Conflict is one of the things… Continue reading Praise in Public, Confront in Private

Guest Blogger · Marriage · Prayer · Spouse

Praying with Your Spouse by Fred Jacoby

Every once in awhile I take a week to point you to other voices who speak truth. One of the ways I do this is by featuring a guest blogger. I’ve known Fred Jacoby for several years. He has been a great friend and mentor, and I have enjoyed his ministry – Foundations Christian Counseling… Continue reading Praying with Your Spouse by Fred Jacoby

Church Life · Decorating · Music · The Tabernacle · Worship · Worship Arts

Worship, Arts and the Tabernacle

One debate  which rages on within denominational Christianity is what worship in the church should look like. How we dress, what instruments we use, what our buildings look like, and how we present the truth. The way things look, smell, and sound are different in every church. Some churches may seem (what some would consider)… Continue reading Worship, Arts and the Tabernacle

Encouragement · Pain · Proverbs · Suffering

What Not to Say to Those Suffering

My friend, Jeremy Yeckley, famously once said, “What unites us as humanity is suffering.” He said that about seven years ago, and I won’t forget the moment he said it to the group he was speaking to. It has resonated with me since then. We all deal with suffering. Which also means that we all… Continue reading What Not to Say to Those Suffering

Complacency · Content · Identity in Christ · In Christ · Work

Contentment Versus Complacency

Society is really a funny thing. We seem to be  divided on everything. Even our thought processes of how we run our personal lives seems to be at extremes. For example: you have people who are driven who don’t seem to stop. They are workaholics, or busyness addicts, constantly running their children from here to… Continue reading Contentment Versus Complacency

Celebrate · Church Life · Pain · Worship

Worshiping Together from Different Sides of the Church

We hear a lot of talk about how churches should be diverse. How Jesus breaks down the barriers of ethnicity, age, economic status, and academic knowledge. All these things are true, but I think there’s one place we forget to look for diversity within our church service. We come to the church from different places.… Continue reading Worshiping Together from Different Sides of the Church

Thankfullness

The Big 100

I would like to thank all of my readers for supporting me through this journey. Writing was a dream of mine years ago, and I never thought it would have been this successful so far. This is my 100th article. Instead of trying to come up with something in commemoration,  I just wanted to thank… Continue reading The Big 100