Who do you trust?

These days, is there any safe place to put our trust? Candidates, media, medical experts, vaccines, ... the story seems to change or 'evolve' with new information, and what we relied on last month might not hold true next month. Only in the Lord do we have the assurance that He is working for our good and is attentive to our cries for help.
Tags:  Trust, Faith, Tamasy

You're a real piece of work!

The idea of being self-made is a positive thing in our culture. It describes someone who beat the odds, worked hard, overcame barriers and accomplished the unthinkable. Yet the Bible, without diminishing the importance of hard work and perseverance, assures us that we are NOT self-made. And really, that should come as a relief to all of us!
Tags:  Craftsmanship, Identity, Tamasy

A selfish reason for being thankful

A study by Dr. Robert A. Emmons, a psychologist and professor at the University of California-Davis, "discovered scientific proof that when people regularly engage in a systematic cultivation of gratitude, they experience a variety of measurable benefits: psychological, physical, and interpersonal.” So even with so much going wrong in our world right now, could it be that gratitude is as healthy a personal discipline as working out or eating right?
Tags:  Gratitude, Thanksgiving, Thankful, Tamasy, Grateful

What's to be optimistic about?

Have you ever known someone who had a disease or a disability, but who had the most cheerful personality and seemed gifted at seeing the good things in life? It’s confusing and inspiring at the same time, isn’t it? What's the key to being optimistic in a world with so much trouble?
Tags:  Optimism, Confidence, Hope, Tamasy

Overcoming a 'wait' problem

We want ___________ and we want it NOW! That's just our culture today. Waiting can be frustrating (or maddening) and often brings out the worst in us. The Bible, however, looks at waiting an opportunity to lean into, not a problem to overcome.
Tags:  Patience, Tamasy, Listening

The spread of generosity

We see it over and over – a major crisis arises, and almost immediately the very best of humanity begins to emerge. We’ve observed this following natural disasters, such as floods, tornados, hurricanes and earthquakes. This provides simple, straight-forward evidence that we’re not the products of some mindless, random, evolutionary process. Rather than taking a survival-of-the-fittest attitude, many of us rally together and find ways to help one another.
Tags:  COVID-19, Generosity, Tamasy

Celebrating an Easter like no other

This year, despite the hopeful optimism of some of our government leaders, it’s likely the doors of most churches will be closed, with congregants having to settle for online Easter observances. For many followers of Jesus, Easter without physically attending a worship service is almost unimaginable. How can we worship without doing so in “the house of God”?
Tags:  Easter, Tamasy, Worship, COVID-19

Finding an anchor in an anchorless world

We live in a world rife with social unrest, political chaos, competing ideologies and pressures to conform (or at least look the other way). Our belief systems are always being challenged if not directly attacked. So how do we find anchor? What keeps us from being swept up in the storm or crushed against the rocks? As always, there's an answer that has stood the test of time, and it (He) provides all the security we need.
Tags:  Hope, Advent, Faith, Confidence, Tamasy