Judges

Where there is law, judgement will be passed. In the book of Judges we encounter several key figures who are often pointed to for the stories which they created. Samson, Gideon and Abimelek are all stories which inscribe a set of mixed emotions into our hearts. But why did these stories happen in the first place? Why was Israel in this position of having to ask: Who shall be our leader? We must first rewind a little to start to answer these questions. Let’s go back to the end of Joshua in order to see the events that lead into … Continue reading Judges

The P-47 Thunderbolt state

            Most commonly associated with basketball, corn and the Indy 500, Indiana is so much more than a pit stop on your way from coast to coast. You can visit towns that look like they are frozen in a bygone era. There are oddities such as Hanging Rock and Mt. Baldy. In the north you can sit at the edge of a freshly picked field and see for miles, but in the south you can hike hilly terrain that makes you feel like you are in the foothills of mountains. Along with the change from north to south comes a … Continue reading The P-47 Thunderbolt state

Gospel and Truth part 3

Joshua Study Two I think it’s important to note that Joshua did not have time to celebrate his promotion. Why? Because he was the right man for the job and that job needed to be done. That’s why people get promotions. For instance, in business, a man gets promoted into the office of “Head of Marketing.” It is then expected by the company for him to get going. To dive into the job and make things work. Even if it is just to ensure that what is currently being done continues. Which brings us to our life in Christ. Many … Continue reading Gospel and Truth part 3

Gospel and Truth Part 2

The book of Joshua Part 1 We are very pleased to introduce to you the first ever guest blogger on Thetruvine! He will be covering the book of Joshua in a multi part series. You should keep a close eye out for these posts as they come from a published author. This is very exciting and we cannot wait to see how all of you respond. Without further ado, here is Matt Davenport. About MeMatt (M.R.) Davenport was born in a small town in Northern California. He’s traveled the U.S. a lot since then. He is the “middle” child. “And … Continue reading Gospel and Truth Part 2

Long waits

            Throughout the course of life, we seek after the enticing sense of feeling recognized and understood by another. In other words, we want to be known and know another intimately. The coursing of blood to the face as we blush from happiness or the welling of tears in our eyes from the pain caused in loss. Either one of these emotions is tied to the binding feeling that comes with time, passion and perseverance. The journey             The teenage years filled with hormones, infatuation and false hope make up the beginning of a deep-seated sense of being lost to … Continue reading Long waits

Trust

Young to old There is a common disconnect between ages: Trust of younger generations. Passing things on to younger generations seems to be what determines the affluence of a society. The burden most often falls to teachers, but this is a burden which should be shouldered by all. All of us have something to teach a word craving knowledge and opportunity. Pastors have their congregations to tend, leaders have their followers to lead, and parents have their children to raise. Somewhere in the timeline of it all though there is a disconnect that places an unseen burden upon the younger … Continue reading Trust

Living life intentionally

A cup of coffee I have an obsession. Some people like to watch their favorite football team on certain days. Some people like to listen to music without ceasing. Others prefer to draw a world that once only existed in their minds, but me, I am obsessed with coffee. There, I said it. Those dark caramel colored magical beans produce liquid that cheers the eyes and the soul. I could talk about the science of why this magical bean juice makes me happy, but that is a conversation for another day. What I want to talk about today is how … Continue reading Living life intentionally

20 $20 Vision

Clearing up my vision Recently I had a little bit of a reality check. It was uncomfortable, confusing, jarring and a wake up call all in one. It made me check my vision for my life and it allowed me to pause and reflect. You might be asking, “What is this huge revelation?”. Let me first take you back about five years to help you understand how I got to this moment. Setting my vision As someone who always wanted to be successful in my career after college, I strove to increase my skill sets as much as possible. I … Continue reading 20 $20 Vision