Get Off the Roof and Get to Work

Ericka Loynes

Read: 2 Samuel 11 It happened, late one afternoon, when David arose from his couch and was walking on the roof of the king’s house, that he saw from the roof a woman bathing. (v. 2) Dropped. Fired. Resigned. Retired. If you’ve been watching television or checking social media, you know these words describe the recent demise of high-powered people who abused their authority. News outlets have reported on hundreds of allegations made by people who are suffering from immoral …

Reach Up to Heaven’s Window Blessing

Ericka Loynes

Read: Malachi 1:6-2:9; 3:6-13 Put me to the test, says the Lord of hosts, if I will not open the windows of heaven for you. (v. 10) Credit card spending and debt are rising for many around the world. According to Nerdwallet.com, American households owe an average of $15,000 on their credit cards. People all over the world are also seeing an increase in the amount of income used to repay credit card debt. If managed properly, credit is an …

Ignore the Crowd: Head to Your Gate

Ericka Loynes

Read: Matthew 7:13-14 Enter by the narrow gate. (v. 13) If everyone jumped off a bridge, would you? Some say, “No.” Others say, “It depends.” Unless you encounter extreme circumstances, you probably would not jump off. But all of us have probably agreed to be a part of something without knowing all the details or without weighing the consequences. We didn’t want to be unpopular or stand out like a sore thumb. So we did what everyone else was doing. …

Come In at the Door: Follow Jesus

Ericka Loynes

Read: John 10 I am the door of the sheep. (v. 7) With a name like SafeHouse, you might assume this place is eager to welcome people in. But once you arrive at this spy-themed Milwaukee restaurant, you’re in for a surprise. You won’t find a foyer to wait in or hostess station for check-in. Instead, you’ll find the door is closed and locked, and only those with the secret password get past the door. A door is one of …

Knock Until the Door Opens

Ericka Loynes

Read: Matthew 7:7-11 And to the one who knocks it will be opened. (v. 8) Life is good for Bert and John Jacobs, but it wasn’t always. In the early ’90s, these brothers had one goal: sell T-shirts featuring their designs. With a used minivan and a dream, they went door-to-door on college campuses and set up shop at street fairs selling shirts. Their income was low and inconsistent for several years until one of their sketches, a simple man …