Tea & Truth

Equipped & Equipping

April 24, 2017 On his second missionary journey, the Apostle Paul met a young man in Lystra named Timothy. Lystra’s residents held Timothy, a believer in Christ, in high regard. Paul, also impressed by Timothy, invited him to come along on his missionary travels. As Timothy spent time with Paul and learned from him, he…

Victors with Christ

April 17, 2017 CHRIST IS RISEN! During Easter, we celebrated Christ’s victory over death. Rescued from the law of sin and death, no longer do God’s children need to fear eternal separation from Him. But now that “it is finished” and our sins have been separated from us as far as the east is from…

Brokenness Redeemed

April 10th, 2017 We enter into contracts all the time for business, sales, or tenancy. Contracts stipulate that if we hold up our end of the deal, the other party is legally obligated to hold up their end. If a contract is broken, both parties are released from their commitments. Sometimes this happens amicably, but…

Palm Tree

Christ the King

The Israelites prepared for Jesus to enter Jerusalem. They laid palm fronds on the ground in front of His donkey as He rode through town, shouting “Hosanna: Blessed is the King of Israel that cometh in the name of the Lord” (John 12:13). His teaching and miracles had made Him quite well-known throughout Israel. But,…

Row of Ducks

March 27, 2017 It’s Saturday. I stretch out on a lounge chair and read a book. The sun warms the air around me. An ice-cold Dr. Pepper fizzes in my cup. My husband sits next to me, holding my hand. The laundry is folded. The dishes are washed. The house is clean. The bills are…

Keeping Your Word

March 20, 2017 “I get so frustrated by your culture! Please don’t tell me ‘Let’s get together sometime,’ if you aren’t going to follow up on it! Just keep your word – act like a Christian!” This opening to my Intercultural Communication class in college was unanticipated and uncomfortable, at the least. While my Korean…

Sweeter Than Honey

David and Jonathan. Samwise Gamgee and Frodo Baggins. Mickey Mouse and Donald Duck. Batman and Robin. Thomas Edison and Henry Ford. Tom and Huck. Lucy and Ethel. Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers. Anne Shirley and Diana Barry. Winnie-the-Pooh and Christopher Robin. Dynamic duos fill the pages of both history and fiction. WHAT CAN WE LEARN…

Life of Purpose

March 6, 2017 Haman rose to power as the king’s right hand man over the Persian Empire. Mordecai, a servant at the king’s gate and a follower of God, refused to bow down and pay Haman respect like the other servants so he wouldn’t dishonor God. Haman grew angry at this perceived disrespect – so…

Fleeing from Temptation

February 27, 2017 Joseph found himself in dire straits. His own brothers had sold him into slavery, whereupon he was immediately carted off to Egypt to work for his new employer, Potiphar. He may have felt alone in a new culture and a new land where he didn’t know anyone, but he was not forgotten….

Unalienable Rights

February 20, 2017 “Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness.” This week we celebrate the birthdays of two men who upheld these unalienable rights for the American people, one at our country’s inception, and the other at a time when our country faced permanent division. George Washington and Abraham Lincoln were the backbone and glue…