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“Happy are those who mourn.” That sentence doesn’t make sense, does it? How can you be happy if you are grieving? How do you find joy when you’re suffering from loss? Happiness and grief-they don’t usually go together. But Jesus put them together when he described his...read more
Do you consider yourself a saint? Last week the Catholic Church determined that Mother Teresa was worthy of the title. The world celebrated her life as the Pope ordained her as a Saint, nineteen years after her death. What about you? Are you worthy of the title? To be...read more
“Go into all the world.” Most of us are familiar with those parting words of Jesus. But what if the “world” Jesus wants you to go to is your family at home? This week I read a story in Mark about a man who was eager to travel to new lands with Jesus, but Jesus stopped...read more
What’s your “personal best”? Gold medals. World records. They’re all outstanding. But some of the most content competitors in the Olympics were those who performed their personal best. What about you? Are you living your personal best? I’m not talking about how fast...read more
Did you go on a mission trip this summer? Or maybe you know someone who did? Summer mission trips are as common today as summer youth camp was when I was kid. We stamp the passport and hold babies in the orphanage, organize summer camps for the underprivileged, clean...read more
Hey friends! The Greenhouse has a new look! This summer is my 3 year anniversary for blogging at the Greenhouse, so it was time for some rearranging. I needed to update some structural details (this techy stuff is not my strength!), and I did some organizing and...read more
What do you pray lately in these times of trouble–bombs, gunshots, riots and terror? If the news leaves you speechless, try looking to the Psalms. You’ll find the ancient prayers of God’s people can be a helpful guide to your prayers today. Oppression and...read more
25 years ago, Gary held our first newborn, Travis. He swaddled him in the baby soft blanket, tenderly kissed him on the forehead, and whispered, “I love you,” as he laid him down in the cradle to sleep. That may not seem like anything extraordinary for a father to do...read more
I cut into a perfectly grilled steak at the moment the waitress tucked the pad in her pocket and paused at our table. She overheard that it was our anniversary. I was hoping she paused to offer a free dessert for our special occasion. Instead, she paused to receive...read more