My Smartphone Ate My Prayer Life

Nathan Smith Technology, Thought Provoking

Quiet morning. Cup of coffee. Bible in hand and heart yearning for communion with the Lord.  Cat video. Refocused devotional reading. Calendar update. Prayer time…. sports highlight, great deal on Christmas gifts, birthday party invitation, reminder to pick the kids up from school today, you tube sensation, etc….  ‘Quiet time’ over. Time to go to work.  Ever been there?  The …

Why Christians Should Celebrate Passover (or is that Easter?)

Nathan Smith Jewish Roots, Thought Provoking

The annual Jewish Feast of Passover starts this Friday Night and around the world Jews (and many Christians) will be celebrating the ‘passing over’ of the death angel in Egypt of every home which had the blood of the lamb on their doorposts (Exodus 12). We know Jesus is THE Passover Lamb. The ‘Last Supper’ was the Jewish Passover Seder meal …

Why Christians Should Celebrate Purim

Nathan Smith Bible, Jewish Roots

The Jewish holiday of Purim will be observed around the world starting this Wednesday at sundown and will continue throughout the day Thursday. Purim is the annual celebration of the story of Esther in the Old Testament. But should Christians celebrate this Biblical holiday as well? In truth, Christians celebrate plenty of holidays that are NOT in the Bible, so …

3 Keys To Managing Expectations This Christmas

Nathan Smith Christian Maturity, Faith, Life Skills

Christmas time can be a season of unreal, unmet expectations.  If we’re not careful the joy of the season can be robbed by the pressure and disappointment of expecting one thing and receiving another.  Since Christmas is to be the day we celebrate the birth of Jesus the Christ, I have often wondered if it was like that for Mary, …