Leaving a Legacy
by Derek Dickinson on September 15th, 2023
LEAVING A LEGACY Take a moment to stop and think about a mentor who has had a positive impact on your life. It could be a parent, grandparent, coach or teacher. That person poured into you, helping you become all that God intended. They helped you flourish and thrive. This role as mentor is vital and each of us is called to look around and see who we can invest in for the future. Leadersh...
A Slow Down Spirituality
by Derek Dickinson on September 7th, 2023
A SLOW DOWN SPIRITUALITY We live in a culture of hurry and exhaustion. Does your life feel that way? Sometimes mine does. Demands at work, my family; it can be overwhelming at times. Sometimes I have to pause and ask, “am I living at a sustainable pace?” How do we live life with a healthy rhythm of work and rest? How can we be different from our frantic culture? First, LIVE WITH FOC...
Dealing with Worry
by Derek Dickinson on August 1st, 2023
DEALING WITH WORRY Over thirty years of ministry I have watched so many people struggle with worry. One author calls worry “a toxic web of what if” (Worry Free Living, Dr. Arnie Cole and Michael Ross, 16). Our minds can start to run down this road: what if I don’t have enough money for retirement? Or what if the lump is cancerous? As we wrestle with the what ifs I have been encouraged b...
by Derek Dickinson on June 23rd, 2023
If you look at my left arm you will see a significant scar. Every scar has a story. When I was a kid, I decided to race my cousin to the front door of our house. This made the storm door the finish line. I stuck my left arm through it and had to get nineteen stitches. For the record, I won! Almost all of us have some scars on our body and on our spirit as well. Maybe you were molested...
Lessons From Mom
by Derek Dickinson on May 12th, 2023
This Sunday we celebrate Mother’s Day. What have you learned from your mother? Most of us have a massive list. My Mom taught me that Jesus Christ is most important. There were many things she wanted for me in life but most of all she wanted me to experience the hope and joy of knowing Christ. She was a woman of prayer both in front of me and in the background of my life. She demonstrate...
by Derek Dickinson on May 4th, 2023
Everyone is wounded by others at one time or another, sometimes in significant ways. Many individuals have been molested as children. Others have been cheated on by their spouse. Some have been lied to or stolen from. The list of offenses is endless. Each of us receives the opportunity to respond. Will we seek revenge? Turn our anger inward and end up with seething resentment? Or can ...
LEARNING TO LAMENT
by Derek Dickinson on April 26th, 2023
Author Jerry Sittser tells of a conversation with his wife Lynda where she shared with him, “I can’t imagine life being any better than it is right now.” Within 24 hours of that conversation, they were hit by a drunk driver. In that incident Jerry lost his wife Lynda, his mother, and his four-year-old daughter (A Grace Disguised, 4, 44). While most of us do not face such catastrophic trauma...
by Derek Dickinson on March 19th, 2023
At the height of the Korean War minister Everett Swanson flew there to speak to the troops. Shortly after arriving, a street urchin stole his coat. It was a cold winter day and so Everett gave chase. As he came around a corner expecting to catch the boy instead the child had disappeared and his coat was piled on the ground. He stopped and picked up the coat to be surprised to see that a s...
Grace and Grudges
by Derek Dickinson on March 7th, 2023
Today we live in a culture of outrage and offense. So many are building their lives on resentment. In contrast, Christians are called to be people who offer forgiveness. We do not always walk this calling out well. Most of us have a person in our life where our teeth clench when their name comes up. We must address these issues so that these understandable angry feelings do not take up...
by Derek Dickinson on February 2nd, 2023
According to author Arianna Huffington “one American falls asleep at the wheel every second” (The Sleep Revolution, 112). This leads to about 6,400 deaths a year killed by drowsy drivers (The Sleep Revolution, 32). This is just one symptom of the frenzied, messy lives most of us struggle with. Often this frantic pace is driven by people pleasing. Our default is to say yes when we really s...
The Power of Words
by Derek Dickinson on January 18th, 2023
With words and a microphone a comedian can make us laugh. With words a teacher can open and stretch a mind. With words a parent can give a child a strong belief that they are loved. And yet: with words a parent can convince a child that they are worthless. With words a bully can crush a spirit. We all have experienced the power of words. King Solomon acknowledges the impact of words wh...
God With Us
by Derek Dickinson on December 21st, 2022
Years ago I saw a commercial for a pair of glasses for the color blind. The glasses allow them to see color for the first time. It moves grown men to tears to see the world they have been missing. One older man was so excited he started clapping like a small child. Imagine life without color. Something is missing. Can you live without color? Yes, but it’s incredibly sad to be in a blac...