Becoming A Godly Man
by Derek Dickinson on July 26th, 2022
      How do you educate a teenage boy on becoming a godly man?  My wife and I have four boys.  What have we tried to teach them as they matured and became men?  One is now married with a child of his own.  One is newly engaged; one attends university; and one is learning to drive (just got his learner’s permit).  Consider that last bit of information a public service announcement!  As Christians,...  Read More
What Is Most Important?
by Derek Dickinson on July 20th, 2022
     Moving through my busy life, I sometimes ask myself, what is most important?  Thankfully, the Apostle Paul wrestled with the same question.  Here is part of his answer:“For what I received I passed on to you as of first importance: that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, 4that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures, 5and that he appea...  Read More
Helping the Grieving
by Derek Dickinson on June 29th, 2022
     Romans 12:15 says, “Rejoice with those who rejoice, mourn with those who mourn.’  Let’s focus on the end of this passage.  How do we “mourn with those who mourn”?  On June 17 my amazing father passed away.  I was and still am mourning.  How could someone help me and my sister?  How could someone help my mom who lost her beloved partner of almost 56 years?      My first encouragement would be ...  Read More
Finding Joy
by Derek Dickinson on June 23rd, 2022
FINDING JOY     Everyone wants to be happy.  Everyone wants to have lives filled with joy.  How do we find joy?      First, live connected.  So many people are very lonely.  Our design as humans is to find connection.  First and foremost, with our Creator and second with others.  In the story of human origins in the book of Genesis it describes a time when God walked with man as a friend.  Each of...  Read More
Finding Your Calling
by Derek Dickinson on June 8th, 2022
      What is God’s dream or vision for your life? Most people settle for a job rather than embrace a calling.  In the Scriptures, we read about Nehemiah who held an important position as cup bearer to the King of Persia.  He had a significant job, but as he listened to a report from Jerusalem describing the broken-down walls of the city, he began to discover his calling, his special assignment fr...  Read More
Grieving With Hope
by Derek Dickinson on May 18th, 2022
     Grief, deep sorrow, is part of life when you experience a loss.  Maybe you lost a long-time job, a child to the living death of drug addiction, or the physical death of a spouse.  Regardless of the loss, embracing and walking through our sorrow is crucial to wholeness.  In the Bible we are told not to grieve as those who have no hope (1 Thessalonians 4:13).  What does it look like to grieve w...  Read More
Radical Love
by Derek Dickinson on May 12th, 2022
     Love.  A powerful, impactful word.  Seeking love, sharing love drives much of our behavior in life.  Too many of us settle for some form of shallow love.  However, Jesus calls us to offer the world a bold and radical love.  He even tells us to love our enemies.  What does this even mean, to love my enemies? To love those who have harmed me? Let’s all acknowledge most of us would admit that we...  Read More
Dealing with Disappointment
by Derek Dickinson on April 20th, 2022
       Praying for your child to be healed and they die.  Sitting in front of a judge and hearing that you are now officially divorced.  Watching another scandal erupt in government, business, or even the church.  Deep disappointment is woven through life.  It is upsetting, even crushing.  How do we deal with it?      First, challenge and clarify our expectations.  Author Richard Rohr warns us, “E...  Read More
Easter: Why I Believe in the Resurrection
by Derek Dickinson on April 17th, 2022
      Today, millions will celebrate Easter, focusing on the resurrection of Jesus Christ.  However, we live in a skeptical age; is this just a myth or historical fact?  I grew up in a Christian home and remember as a college student worrying that I was a Christian simply because of my background.  I took several months and looked critically at my faith, and other faith leaders and systems.  I rea...  Read More
Good Friday
by Derek Dickinson on April 15th, 2022
GOOD FRIDAY     Today is called “Good Friday.”  It is an annual reminder to Christians around the world to honor the crucifixion of Jesus Christ.  Honestly, it is surprising that the excruciating execution of the only perfect person in all of human history is called good.  But the cross of Christ is good in multiple ways.       The painful cross of Jesus shows us the truth about our sinfulness.  W...  Read More
by Derek Dickinson on March 25th, 2022
    “ I don’t love you anymore; I want a divorce.”   “I’m sorry but we have to let you go.”   “Mom, do not call me again.” A bitter spouse, an exasperated boss, or an ungrateful, grown child; these are just a few of the faces of rejection you may have experienced.  Rejection, it’s an ugly word and a painful emotional scar that all of us encounter from time to time.  How do we deal with it? Jesus C...  Read More
Longing For Heaven
by Derek Dickinson on March 16th, 2022
      Let me be clear: I like my life, but as a Christian I know there is better; I long for what God has promised.   God’s promise of a new heaven and new earth is multi-faceted (Revelation 21:1).      First, there is the fully realized relationship with God Himself. I think of this life and our relationship with God being like an unborn child’s experience with her mom.  There is a relationship; ...  Read More