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My Top 5 Christian Podcasts

I don’t know when it happened, but sometime last year I became a podcast junkie.  I think I was on my way to a writer’s conference in Ohio and had miles and miles (and miles…) to drive by myself–mostly interstate highway. My car’s CD player doesn’t work, talk radio is too commercial-laden, and I needed some way to occupy my mind–for at…

Hug Your Veteran

Have you hugged your veteran today? My two grandpas served in World War II.  My brother-in-law served in Iraq.  My dad took ROTC classes at University.  My daughter was in her high school’s Air Force JROTC. One of our Elders was in the Air Force. I’m so thankful for the women and men who have served so I can enjoy the freedoms–such…

The Sunrise

I noticed the sun came up today. Imagine that! In spite of the unresolved election, the weirdness of COVID-19 and its effects on the world, and the tension in our country, the sun came up! You know, the Bible tells us that God is the one constant in our lives. “The grass withers, the flower fades, but the word of God endures…

How to Vote like a Christian

Ladies, we’ve got less than one week to go! Yes, I’m talking about the U.S. Presidential Election. No, I’m not going to talk politics in this post (haven’t we had enough already?!?) But I am going to talk about the 2020 Election. In our Ladies’ Connect Group on Wednesday nights, we’re studying Romans 13 in the Bible. In the first few verses,…

You are Loved

Hi there! We don’t know who you are, where you’re from, what you’re into, but here’s what we do know: You are loved. We may not know your church background–or even if you’ve had one. You may have tried “church” and figured out it’s not for you. Or maybe you know people who say they’re Christians and act anything but. Trust us,…

Your Gifts have Value!

I’m not sure that you know this, but Central Valley hosts a Ladies’ Connect Group via Zoom on Wednesday nights at 6:00. Last night, when we were discussing Romans 12, one of our ladies brought up an interesting story she’d heard about a florist. The florist said that she felt so unimportant at times. She wasn’t a doctor, who cured diseases. She…

Love One Another

Do you listen to podcasts? I do. All the time. One of my favorite podcasts has a couple of Princeton-trained Christian men who talk about culture as it measures up to the Bible. Their talks have been so eye-opening for me. I never thought about how our culture thrives on evil. Things that are so contrary to the Gospel of Christ. How…

The Storms will Come

Hurricane Sally is making her way inland.  If you’re living near the coast, you probably are hunkering down.  Undoubtedly you boarded up windows and got prepared with your emergency supply. You probably gathered your First Aid kits and batteries for flashlights.  Maybe you gassed up your car and headed north. You prepped. It’s like life. See, you can buy your baby the…

“Life can get Messy.”

Two little boys* sit on opposite ends of a sofa, pristine in their morning school clothes, their cowlicks slicked down. Before whirling around to finish getting dressed, herself, their schoolteacher mama wags a finger before their faces.  “Don’t you two move.” A crash sends her back into the living room. Both boys are swinging fists, their angelic faces forgotten.  They lunge and…

Is Truth Relative??

I pushed the accelerator.  My clunker moaned its way up Monte Sano Mountain.  In my rear view mirror, an apple red car approached in the left lane–a Trans Am.  It glided its way up the mountain, a regal Cinderella, shimmering its way passed my ugly step-sister car. I remember that angel of motor vehicles twenty-five years later. Which is why I argue…