Category: Christian Life

Christian Life

Girls Night Thank You

Thank you for everyone that came to the Girls Night.  It was really encouraging to see so many friends. Even though I was not able

Read More »
Christian Life

Summer of Psalms

This summer, Jim will conclude our Undivided sermon series preaching from 2 Samuel and the Psalms. As a family, we decided to read through the Psalms

Read More »

Surrender

One does not surrender a life in an instant.  That which is lifelong can only be surrendered in a lifetime. -Elisabeth Elliott, Through Gates of

Read More »

Paradox

par·a·dox [par-uh-doks] noun 1. a statement or proposition that seems self-contradictory or absurd but in reality expresses a possible truth. –from dictionary.com The Christian life

Read More »

Insights Into Church

Chad Harms is the senior pastor of Creekside Bible Church in Oregon.  We became friends after he contacted me about my book The Gift of Church.  Since then,

Read More »
Books

Old Books

I love books.  As a child, my secret goal was to read every book in the youth and children’s section of the local library.  I’m

Read More »
Christian Life

Insecurity and Arrogance

On Sunday (Nov. 25) we revisited the issue of insecurity and arrogance during the sermon.  I said because insecurity and arrogance come from a reliance on self,

Read More »

National Adoption Month

Did you know that November is National Adoption Month in the U.S.?   It is also when we recognize Orphan Sunday, a Christian effort to promote and assist

Read More »

This is Not Where I Belong

What images does the word “home” create in your mind? The dictionary definition of “the place where someone lives permanently” doesn’t capture the feeling of

Read More »

Life Interrupted

Well, this is what my wipe-off board I use for scripture memory has looked like for one month — Other than a little water that

Read More »

Jim’s Tribute

Following is the tribute Jim gave about his dad, George Edward Samra, at his memorial service on Friday, Sept. 28, 2012.

Read More »

Childlike Faith

Real conversation in our home this week: Kid:  Mom, I think we should pray about God giving us a [toy]. Mom:  That’s a great idea.

Read More »

Bonhoeffer and Diversity

Our guest preacher yesterday, Joel Lawrence, did his PhD on Bonhoeffer, a German theologian who was killed by the Nazis in a concentration camp just

Read More »