Posts by Josh Sanders

Posts by Josh Sanders

Surviving Winter

One of the most unique things about living in the Midwest is the extreme difference in weather that comes with each new season. All four seasons are accompanied by their own natural brand of temperatures, scenery, and unpredictability. It’s probably why small talk with strangers around here usually defaults to the weather – I mean, I’ve never lived in Southern California, but I can’t imagine the daily, expected forecast of “75 & sunny” would make for much of a conversation…

A Search for Healing

As I sit down to write this, I find myself in the midst of some “less than ideal” circumstances. A handful of mixed emotions are traveling through my heart as I try to discern how to compile the sentences and paragraphs to follow. I feel pain & deep sorrow. One minute my mind is filled with extreme confusion while the next it’s frozen with sadness. I am entrenched in a daily, internal war between the temptation of self-pity and the…

What’s “Good” about Good Friday?

Good Friday – what could possibly be “good” in connection with a crucifixion? The Son of God – unjustly condemned as a criminal and put to death by way of one of the most horrific, torturous, and gruesome practices in the history of mankind. But while the practice of crucifixion itself is horrifying, the eternal implications of Jesus’ death are where an unbelievable amount of “good” can be found. Over the course of this week, I’ve been trying to think through…

Microcosm at the Manger

I have no idea who coined the idiom “hustle and bustle,” but I’ve noticed that the only time I’ve ever heard a real human say those words is during the Christmas season. Perhaps the complete silliness of that phrase is the only appropriate way to describe the madness that officially begins the day after Thanksgiving each year. The month of December is a whirlwind of endless activity: frantic shopping, decorating, baking, the arduous task of picking out the perfect picture…

Social Media #Wisdom from @King_Solomon

It was just over 10 years ago – August of 2003 – when the first social phenomenon hit the internet. MySpace was a brand new way to meet and interact with people – it was something that we had never seen or experienced before (and thanks to Tom, you were never without an internet friend). The popularity & use of MySpace, however, was very short-lived as Facebook took the concept & ran with it, launching their own site in February…

I’m Glad the Bible isn’t Written About Me

 The Old Testament is full of historical accounts. Some sections are focused in on individuals & their “life story,” while some are pulled back to capture events of an entire people group or nation. In either case, most of the time these accounts include a narrative about failure. They cite instances of rebellion, idolatry, immorality, and more – some in great detail and others in sweeping generalities. I recently started reading through the book of Hosea, and so far it…

Rejection

Rejection…we’ve all been there. At some point in life, we’ve all felt it. Rejection can take on so many different forms; it can happen on so many different levels. It can be as simple as looking back & remembering how you were always the last kid picked for a game of kickball at recess.

Varied Grace

Every Saturday, Matt & I try to get together and run through the songs for Sunday’s service. The focus of tomorrow’s service – both the songs and Greg’s message – will be about the grace of God. As we were practicing the songs this morning, I kept thinking about the adjective used to describe grace in 1 Peter 4:10 – the ESV translates it “varied,” and the NASB uses “manifold.” Synonyms of those words would include: diverse, different, assorted, miscellaneous,…

The Hidden Treasure in our Trials

“The unknowns.” We face them every day. Technically, that’s a glaringly obvious statement, isn’t it? Who really knows for sure what’s going to happen during the course of any given day – even the very next hour or minute? But I’m not talking about our obvious inability to see the future. I’m talking about the twists & turns that the road of life takes us on – the curveballs. If there’s one thing that can truly shake our faith as…

The Hard Work of Doing Nothing

Am I the only one who ever feels like the Christian life can be exhausting at times? There are days, sometimes weeks, where I feel like I’m just spinning my wheels. I feel like I can’t do anything right. I get beaten down by my guilt & sinful desires. My mind is a frequent battleground for the war that Paul describes in Romans 7 between the old nature & the new. I end up either beating myself up, or throwing…

Are We a Safe Place for Suffering?

“In this world, one thing is certain:  Everybody hurts. Suffering may take the form of tragedy, heartbreak, or addiction. Or it could be something more mundane (but no less real), like resentment, loneliness, or disappointment. But there’s unfortunately no such thing as a painless life.” – Foreword of Glorious Ruin by Tullian Tchividjian  If this statement is true, then it also means that our churches are full of hurting people. At any given time, there will be someone that we…

It’s the Most Miserable Time of the Year

Thanksgiving is over, the month of December is in full swing, and that means one thing: the “Christmas season” is officially upon us. Christmas seems to bring out some different reactions – It seems you either love it or hate it. You either anticipate it all year long, or you dread the idea of it. You’re either all about it, or you’re a “Scrooge.” When I was growing up, Christmas day & the entire holiday season leading up to it…
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