In the first portion of Mark 14, the Passover is about to begin. We are nearing the time of Jesus crucifixion and the events that preceded it.
3 While he was in Bethany, reclining at the table in the home of Simon the Leper, a woman came with an alabaster jar of very expensive perfume, made of pure nard. She broke the jar and poured the perfume on his head.
4 Some of those present were saying indignantly to one another, “Why this waste of perfume? 5 It could have been sold for more than a year’s wages[a] and the money given to the poor.” And they rebuked her harshly.
6 “Leave her alone,” said Jesus. “Why are you bothering her? She has done a beautifu...
The first time we let Graham play in the rain, he embarked on the yard with an explorer's zeal. He splashed in puddles, tasted the dirty water and of course, stomped through the mud. You can imagine the state of his feet and clothes when he was finished.
In John 13:14-15, Jesus says, "And since I, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you ought to wash each other’s feet. I have given you an example to follow. Do as I have done to you.”
In Bible times, the dusty and dirty conditions of the region and the wearing of sandals necessitated foot-washing. Although the disciples most likely would have been happy to wash Jesus' feet, they could not conceive...
A few years ago, I was making my daily commute to downtown St. Louis. The drive was typical for a Monday morning, but on this day my disdain for being stuck in the car resulted in some distracted driving and a little fender bender. After surveying the accident, the other driver and I decided there was no visible damage so there was nothing to worry about. Little did I know, the piece directly under my bumper was shattered into pieces.
I often excuse distraction just like this. There is no visible damage so I assume there is nothing to worry about. And many times this is my pattern during corporate worship. I love to sing praise to God, but It’s so easy to...
Have you ever wanted something? Not needed, but really WANTED something you didn’t have?
As adults, we often have the means and ability to find or purchase whatever thing captures our attention. But if I’m honest, there have been times in adulthood when I’ve felt more like a child wanting something that was out of reach financially or simply an unwise purchase. It is in those moments I’ve been tempted to look at the ‘Tithe’ line of our budget and dream about all the other things that 10% could do!
In 2 Corinthians 9:6, Jesus reminds me why we continue to dedicate the first portion of our income to the Lord.
6 Remember this—a farmer who plants only a few see...
When I was in college, my university hosted an event called 24. For 24 hours the chapel on campus was open for prayer. Teams signed up play live music around the clock, and students were exempt from curfew to pray during the wee hours of the morning. Coincidentally, that was always the most popular time! One particular time, I was struggling to choose my major and I spent several hours that night seeking God’s will for my future. It was an experience I’ll never forget. Did God give me a perfectly laid out plan for my education and future career? I wish! He didn’t spell it out for me, but he gave me the confidence to move forward with the answer I had bee...
Matthew 6:6 But when you pray, go away by yourself, shut the door behind you, and pray to your Father in private. Then your Father, who sees everything, will reward you.
For a few summers in high school, I attended Crossover Christian Music Festival at the Lake of the Ozarks. The festival was three days of back to back Christian concerts in a hot, sticky amphitheater, and it was one of my favorite weekends of the year! During one of these evening concerts, after the sun had finally set giving us relief and a breeze, the lead singer stopped in the middle of a set to pray over the crowd. It was unannounced and unexpected, but completely inspired. He called...
At the end of August, Jake and I travelled across the pond to visit a dear friend. This trip took us to London and Paris. It also achieved some much-needed rejuvenation! We spent nine days exploring these amazing cities via trains, planes, automobiles and MANY hours on foot. At an average of 10 miles each day, we made our way into lovely cafes, ancient cathedrals, and extraordinary museums. In the midst of our adventuring, we experienced much needed rest and quality time with friends.
A portion of our trip that made a remarkable impact on Jake and I both were the amazing views we encountered from points around these two cities. From museum viewing deck...
Have you ever said something from your heart, not knowing how much or how well it would resound with others?
I have a suspicion that when Madeline L'Engle said the quote above, she had no idea how those words would give life to truths many of us did not know how to articulate.
Here at The Table, we are striving to articulate a vision God has clearly given our team. A vision for impacting the community of Saint Charles County. A vision for a group of friends who can gather to learn and share about Christ. A vision for a body of believers who welcome those far from God and usher them to their place at His table.
In honor of 2015, Jacob and I are going to share a few things we have learned throughout the last year. We’re so thankful that God keeps showing up, because we couldn’t do anything without Him!
1: He designed authentic community; we just get to live it.
In October, I had the opportunity to fill in for Jon and teach at one of our weekend gatherings. We discussed the positive connotation of being “blessed” with provision and that most of us desire blessings from God. However, one unusual thing God has blessed us with is a NEED. He has blessed us with the need for relationships with Him and with others. This necessity of dependence on others is opposite fro...
It’s October! Can you believe it? 2016 is on the move.
Although I’d like to hold onto the summer a bit longer, I am one of many Missourians who hold a high opinion of fall. It’s a gorgeous time of year and likely the time when most of us appreciate the array of seasons we experience in the Midwest.
A few of my favorite fall moments include: watching the breeze sweep colorful leaves across my path, embracing the crisp weather with mugs of warm coffee and tea, and reflecting on this year as the seasons change again.
The last couple of months have been a whirlwind, so lets imagine we’re sitting down together with a cup of coffee while I recap.