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Mamma’s Boys (by Len Winneroski)

When he (Jesus) had gone a little farther, he saw James son of Zebedee and his brother John in a boat, preparing their nets. Without delay he called them, and they left their father Zebedee in the boat with the hired men and followed him. – Mark 1:19-20 Then the mother of Zebedee’s sons came to … Continue reading

Wimp or Warrior (by Len Winneroski)

Bullies stink. Thank God I grew up in a loving home with parents and a brother who always stuck up for me. They also were brave enough to tell me when I was wrong. It’s not easy growing up in this fallen world as a short, fat boy with red hair and freckles. Kids can … Continue reading

Pride Lurks in Beauty (by Len Winneroski)

Have you ever noticed that when you walk into a room full of people your eyes are “naturally” drawn to the most handsome man or the most beautiful woman in the room? Or if you are walking through a parking lot aren’t our eyes “naturally” drawn to the most expensive and beautiful car in the … Continue reading

Chewbaccan Gift (by Len Winneroski)

“Joy is the serious business of Heaven.” –  C. S. Lewis This past week an ordinary mother named Candace Payne posted a video of herself laughing hysterically while wearing a talking Chewbacca mask on her Facebook page. Amazingly, this silly video went viral and Candace has helped millions of people get in touch with their inner … Continue reading

Spiritual Obesity (by Len Winneroski)

As I approach the half-century mark in age I’ve been thinking a lot about my life. I guess that you could call it a mid-life crisis of sorts. Last year I bought a 2013 Dodge Challenger, which I drove for a few months and sold when common sense caught up with me, and this year … Continue reading

Mad Scientist Coffee

Dear friends, I’ve decided to take coffee and my faith to the next level and I’ve purchased a couple of Behmor 1600 drum roasters.  I’ve been roasting Fair trade coffees from around the world for friends and family. If you would like to learn more about the next step in my coffee adventure check out … Continue reading

Living Memories (by Len Winneroski)

Memories are an interesting thing. There are some memories that bring a smile to my face and warmth to my heart, and there are other memories that I can dredge up that make me sad or angry. Have you ever noticed that memories that are correlated with periods of intense emotion, like the birth of … Continue reading

Broken (by Len Winneroski)

I like to pretend that I have it all together. I mean some days I feel like my mind is as sharp as a razor, my faith is as big as a mountain, and I can walk on water. But the truth is, other days I walk around in a fog, my faith is more … Continue reading

Poisoned Catalysts (by Len Winneroski)

About five years ago I wrote a manna entitled Kinetic Faith. This devotional was about the role of catalysts in chemical reactions and life reactions. Catalysts bring two things together to make something new. The catalysts don’t become part of the new, larger, molecule, they release the new chemically bonded chemicals to go off to join together two … Continue reading

The Selfie Generation (by Len Winneroski)

I know that I’m about to sound old, but what’s the deal with selfies? I was just laughing over a post by one of my son’s friends about the correct way to take and post a selfie. We live in a digital, social media crazed, generation. In today’s world if you have a phone you … Continue reading

The Chum Bucket (by Len Winneroski)

I just got back from spending the weekend with 23 middle school students and some amazing adult leaders in beautiful Brown County Indiana. It’s prime color change time so the views around the Walnut Hills Retreat were stunning. We had perfect weather for outdoor devotions, campfires, s’mores, hiking, paddle boating, canoeing, and glow-stick capture the … Continue reading

MAN OF GOD (BY LEN WINNEROSKI)

What is a man of God? How does a man of God differ from a man of the world? Is the title “man of God” reserved for priests and pastors? This morning I was reading 1 Timothy, chapter 6. Paul referred to Timothy as a “man of God” in this letter and laid out some … Continue reading

Hearts on Fire (by Len Winneroski)

I’m not the handiest guy in the world but I fix stuff sometimes because I’m cheap. One of the things that I replaced recently was our ventless gas logs. We live in Indiana where the temperature can range from -20 to 60 degrees Fahrenheit from one week to the next during the winter. The old … Continue reading

Wrestling with God (by Len Winneroski)

I was a horrible wrestler in high school. During my first year as a wrestler, I got pinned every single match. I went out for wrestling because I was too little to play football or basketball and I really wanted a varsity letter jacket to impress the girls. Wrestling was hard. I had to lose … Continue reading

h.o.o.d (by Len Winneroski)

I have been blogging for a few years now. To be honest, there’s been days that I’ve asked myself why I even bother. I mean most of the comments that I get about my writing are from spammers. On an average day, 5-10 people from around the world take the time to read what I … Continue reading

Do Men Need to Lead? (by Len Winneroski)

Yesterday I was scrolling through my Facebook traffic and saw the following comment from my friend Crissy, “If I ever wrote a Christian book it would be called “The Need to Lead; narcissism exposed.” This comment grabbed my attention. When I went back later to read all of the follow-up comments, I read, “Would it … Continue reading

Muscle Cars (by Len Winneroski)

I have loved muscle cars ever since I was 16 years old. I think that this love affair began when my uncle Dick came to visit us back in 1982 with his yellow 1970-something Chevy Camaro. My uncle was not perfect but he was a cool dude. During one of his visits he caught me gawking … Continue reading

Stains (by Len Winneroski)

There are certain words, like the words pus, zit, fart, diarrhea and stain, that I tend to avoid in normal conversation. There is really nothing wrong with these words, they just are not all that… you know… pleasant. We like pleasant words. Pleasant words make us feel safe and in control. Words like pus, zit, … Continue reading

Blind Damn Luck (by Len Winneroski)

I just finished reading Stephen Hawking and Leonard Mlodinow’s books,  A Briefer History of Time and The Grand Design. I have always loved physics and obtained a minor in physics from Central Michigan University. I mean isn’t it awesome that Einstein and Newton were able to show the world how energy is related to matter … Continue reading

The Vow (by Len Winneroski)

One of the greatest moments in a parent’s life is the moment that their child decides to accept God’s call on their life to follow Jesus. We had one of those moments recently, when my twelve-year old daughter turned to me out of the blue and said, “Dad, I’m ready to be baptized.” After probing … Continue reading

Success (by Len Winneroski)

In all things I have shown you that by working hard in this way we must help the weak and remember the words of the Lord Jesus, how he himself said, ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.’” – Acts 20:35 I recently read an excellent little book entitled The Go-Giver that was … Continue reading

Focus on the Heart (by Len Winneroski)

 Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it. – Proverbs 4:23 My least favorite part of painting is the trim work. I used to tape everything prior to painting to keep the paint on the walls and off the molding, door casings and ceiling. Taping takes a long time, and … Continue reading

Recycled Glory (by Len Winneroski)

Then the Lord said to Moses, “Tell the Israelites this: ‘You have seen for yourselves that I have spoken to you from heaven:  Do not make any gods to be alongside me; do not make for yourselves gods of silver or gods of gold. “‘Make an altar of earth for me and sacrifice on it … Continue reading

A Tunable Heart (by Len Winneroski)

Sing joyfully to the Lord, you righteous; it is fitting for the upright to praise him. Praise the Lord with the harp; make music to him on the ten-stringed lyre.Sing to him a new song; play skillfully, and shout for joy. – Psalm 33:1-3 If you want to learn how to play a guitar one … Continue reading

Social Identity (by Len Winneroski)

Don’t just pretend to love others. Really love them. Hate what is wrong. Hold tightly to what is good. Love each other with genuine affection, and take delight in honoring each other. – Romans 12:9-10 I enjoy using social media. Two of my children are in college now and Facebook, Twitter and Instagram have allowed … Continue reading

Bedsores (by Len Winneroski)

Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And … Continue reading

Bricks (by Len Winneroski)

But while knowledge makes us feel important, it is love that strengthens the church. – 1 Corinthians 8:1 (New Living Translation) Lately I’ve been reading a lot about the history of the church. If you would have asked me a few years ago what church I attended, I would have given you an address, told … Continue reading

Love Tears (by Len Winneroski)

“Jesus wept.” – John 11:35 The other day at work, one of my friends began to tear up at the end of his presentation as he thanked his mother for her encouragement and role in helping him to become the person that he is today. He later apologized for his emotional moment.  My friend apologized … Continue reading

Internal Compass (by Len Winneroski)

You guide me with your counsel, and afterward you will take me into glory. – Psalm 73:24 I learned something interesting a few weeks ago. Did you know that some animals can actually sense the earth’s magnetic field?  Scientists think that a magnetic mineral called magnetite (Fe3O4) may explain how animals can navigate with precision … Continue reading

Scars (by Len Winneroski)

David said to Saul, “Let no one lose heart on account of this Philistine; your servant will go and fight him.” Saul replied, “You are not able to go out against this Philistine and fight him; you are only a young man, and he has been a warrior from his youth.” But David said to … Continue reading

I Play for Him (by Len Winneroski)

Praise the Lord. Praise God in his sanctuary; praise him in his mighty heavens. Praise him for his acts of power; praise him for his surpassing greatness. Praise him with the sounding of the trumpet, praise him with the harp and lyre, praise him with timbrel and dancing,
 praise him with the strings and pipe, praise him … Continue reading

Truth (by Len Winneroski)

Therefore Pilate said to Him, “So You are a king?” Jesus answered, “You say correctly that I am a king. For this I have been born, and for this I have come into the world, to testify to the truth. Everyone who is of the truth hears My voice.” Pilate said to Him, “What is … Continue reading

Sparks Restored (by Len Winneroski)

God uses broken people. Man values perfection but God accepts imperfection, because He is a God of restoration. This point was brought home to me when I read the following old Jewish legend about Creation. Hear God’s call to you and see His Glory in Rabbi Wayne D. Dosick’s retelling of this beautiful story. IN … Continue reading

An Ordinary Weakling (by Len Winneroski)

Our greatest glory is not in never failing, but in rising every time we fall. – Confucius  In this final chapter I am going to share a story about an ordinary weakling who believes that the Glory of God is very real. This man is a research scientist who has been trained to ask really … Continue reading

The Tree of Life (by Len Winneroski)

By faith we understand that the universe was formed at God’s command, so that what is seen was not made out of what was visible. Hebrews 11:3 I would argue that no two books have sparked more debate in science, religion and philosophy than the Bible and Charles Darwin’s book On the Origin of Species. … Continue reading

Love Bursts (by Len Winneroski)

Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows. James 1:17 Love bursts. Those are the words that my wife and I use to describe those moments when you feel overcome with love and thankfulness. They are those special times … Continue reading

Spiritual Coloration (by Len Winneroski)

In all this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while you may have had to suffer grief in all kinds of trials. These have come so that the proven genuineness of your faith—of greater worth than gold, which perishes even though refined by fire—may result in praise, glory and honor when Jesus Christ … Continue reading

What’s the Matter? (by Len Winneroski)

By faith we understand that the universe was formed at God’s command, so that what is seen was not made out of what was visible. – Hebrews 11:3 I learned something interesting yesterday. Apparently 95% of the Universe is composed of something that we can’t see or detect in the laboratory. Astronomers call this mysterious … Continue reading

A Matter of Faith (by Len Winneroski)

Is the Bible just a book full of inspiring stories, or is it a book that contains God’s inspired words? Should science and faith be considered separate but equal? The way in which a person answers these questions define that person’s tendency to place their faith in humanity itself or in an unseen Creator. Is … Continue reading

Wanna Be My Friend? (by Len Winneroski)

But what about you?” he asked, “Who do you say that I am?” – Matthew 16:15 The other day I was reading through the Gospel of Matthew and got stuck in chapter 16. Jesus asked His disciples, “Who do people say the Son of Man is?” After the disciples had rattled off all of the … Continue reading

Images (by Len Winneroski)

You shall not make for yourself an image in the form of anything in heaven above or on the earth beneath or in the waters below. You shall not bow down to them or worship them; for I, the Lord your God, am a jealous God, punishing the children for the sin of the parents … Continue reading

Not Dry Yet (by Len Winneroski)

For we are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago. Ephesians 2:10 (NLT) I have heard it said that there is a very thin line between genius and insanity. One historical figure that seems to lend credence to this … Continue reading

True Purpose (by Len Winneroski)

Are you looking for purpose in this broken world? Are you ready to trade your purposeless life for the fulfilling life that God had in mind for you before time began? Do you believe that God loves you unconditionally and intimately in a way that nobody else ever could? Bill Bright, founder of Campus Crusade … Continue reading

Dust (by Len Winneroski)

As a father has compassion on his children, so the Lord has compassion on those who fear him; for he knows how we are formed, he remembers that we are dust. – Psalm 103:13-14 One of the most powerful examples of grace in the Bible is found in the eighth chapter of the Gospel of … Continue reading

Leftovers (by Len Winneroski)

Jesus answered, “It is written: ‘Man does not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.’” – Matthew 4:4 This morning I was reading the story of the feeding of the five thousand that is recorded in all four gospels (Matthew 14:13-21, Mark 6:31-44, Luke 9:10-17, and John … Continue reading

Wedding Crashers (by Len Winneroski)

Then he said to his servants, ‘The wedding banquet is ready, but those I invited did not deserve to come. So go to the street corners and invite to the banquet anyone you find.’ So the servants went out into the streets and gathered all the people they could find, the bad as well as … Continue reading

Refurbished (by Len Winneroski)

And since we have been made right in God’s sight by the blood of Christ, he will certainly save us from God’s condemnation. For since our friendship with God was restored by the death of his Son while we were still his enemies, we will certainly be saved through the life of his Son. So … Continue reading

Pig Soup (by Len Winneroski)

A large herd of pigs was feeding on the nearby hillside. The demons begged Jesus, “Send us among the pigs; allow us to go into them.” He gave them permission, and the impure spirits came out and went into the pigs. The herd, about two thousand in number, rushed down the steep bank into the … Continue reading

A Wasted Life? (by Len Winneroski)

“God has picked out people who are laughable, and through them He is confounding those who think they are high and mighty.  Low-class, second-rate, common, average, run-of-the-mill people- those so low that the world doesn’t even think they’re worth the time of day-these are the ones whom God has chosen…” – translation of 1 Corinthians … Continue reading

Cockroaches and Butterflies (by Len Winneroski)

Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe stands condemned already because they have not believed in the name of God’s one and only Son. This is the verdict: Light has come into the world, but people loved darkness instead of light because their deeds were evil. Everyone who does evil … Continue reading

A Holy Stink (by Len Winneroski)

But thanks be to God, who always leads us as captives in Christ’s triumphal procession and uses us to spread the aroma of the knowledge of him everywhere. For we are to God the pleasing aroma of Christ among those who are being saved and those who are perishing. To the one we are an … Continue reading

God Intentions (by Len Winneroski)

Don’t fool yourself into thinking that you are a listener when you are anything but, letting the Word go in one ear and out the other. Act on what you hear! Those who hear and don’t act are like those who glance in the mirror, walk away, and two minutes later have no idea who … Continue reading

Sigh Language (by Len Winneroski)

“The Lord says: “These people come near to me with their mouth and honor me with their lips, but their hearts are far from me. Their worship of me is made up only of rules taught by men.” Isaiah 29:13 (NIV) The Lord has recently reminded me of the power of nonverbal communication.  A few … Continue reading

Mirror Droppings (by Len Winneroski)

The angel of the Lord encamps around those who fear him, and he delivers them. Psalm 34:7 (NIV) Earlier this summer I spent a lot of time cleaning bird droppings off of my cars.  My car was always frosted in the same place, by the mirrors on the drivers and passenger side doors.  As you … Continue reading

The Pursuit of Satiety (by Len Winneroski)

But he said to them, “I have food to eat that you know nothing about.” John 4:32 (NIV) I have been reading the Gospel of John and thinking about satiety the past few weeks.  According to the Merriam-Webster dictionary, satiety is “the quality or state of being fed or gratified to or beyond capacity.” To … Continue reading

Hidden Manna (by Len Winneroski)

“Do not think that I have come to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I have not come to abolish them but to fulfill them.  For truly I tell you, until heaven and earth disappear, not the smallest letter, not the least stroke of a pen, will by any means disappear from the Law until … Continue reading

No Turning Back (by Len Winneroski)

“No one who puts a hand to the plow and looks back is fit for service in the kingdom of God.” Luke 9:62 This week I have been immersed in a wonderful book by Ann Spangler and Lois Tverberg entitled Sitting at the Feet of Rabbi Jesus.(1) I have been interested for some time in … Continue reading

Icebreakers and Igloos (by Len Winneroski)

“Jesus replied, “And you experts in the law, woe to you, because you load people down with burdens they can hardly carry, and you yourselves will not lift one finger to help them.” Luke 11:46 (New International Version) Icebreakers are cool. There is something awesome and fearless about huge icebreaking ships smashing through frozen water … Continue reading

Knowledge and Life (by Len Winneroski)

“He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches.  To him who overcomes, I will give the right to eat from the tree of life, which is in the paradise of God.” Revelation 2:7 (New International Version) This morning I was reading about trees.  In the second chapter of … Continue reading

Dream Readers (by Len Winneroski)

“And afterward, I will pour out my Spirit on all people. Your sons and daughters will prophesy, your old men will dream dreams, your young men will see visions.” Joel 2:28 (New International Version) I love dreams.  In my dreams I can fly, I never need sleep, I am wiser than Solomon, I can run … Continue reading

Yogurt, Bacteria, and Love (by Len Winneroski)

“And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you seethe Day drawing near.” Hebrews 10:24-25 (English Standard Version) I love yogurt.  It is one those foods though, like … Continue reading

Spiritual Sushi (by Len Winneroski)

“A word aptly spoken is like apples of gold in settings of silver.” Proverbs 25:11 (NIV) Some of my friends are crazy about sushi.  Sushi is vinegar flavored rice that is usually toped with fresh, thinly sliced raw seafood.  The raw seafood is called sashimi, which is a Japanese word that means “pierced body.”  Sushi … Continue reading

White-Knuckled Focus (by Len Winneroski)

“You Samaritans worship what you do not know; we worship what we do know, for salvation is from the Jews. Yet a time is coming and has now come when the true worshipers will worship the Father in the Spirit and in truth, for they are the kind of worshipers the Father seeks. God is … Continue reading

Rawhide Lessons (by Len Winneroski)

“ Keep your lives free from the love of money and be content with what you have, because God has said, ‘Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you.” Hebrews 13:5 I love my dogs.  Teddy is a laid back twelve-year old Bichon Frise and Bella is a sweet and spicy five-year old … Continue reading

Christ-ogenesis (by Len Winneroski)

“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here!” 2 Corinthians 5:17 (New International Version) Miracles are all around us. The transformation of a caterpillar to a butterfly is one such miracle. There seems to be an unwritten law that whenever a butterfly flutters into … Continue reading

Wake Up! (by Len Winneroski)

This has been a dry summer.  As I look at my yard I see brown grass with green weeds.  According to master gardener Barbara J. Bromley: “All grasses go dormant eventually if water is withheld. Dormancy is a condition under which the grass blades turn gray green, then tan. The blade dies, but the crown … Continue reading

Sparklers and Love (by Len Winneroski)

“And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds.  Let us not give up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but let us encourage one another – and all the more as you see the Day approaching.”  Hebrews 10:24-25 NIV Kids love sparklers but … Continue reading

Lessons from the Model T (by Len Winneroski)

My family and I just had the opportunity to spend time with my parents and visit the Henry Ford Museum in Dearborn Michigan.  I highly recommend visiting this national treasure! Henry Ford (1863-1947) made the assembly line and interchangeable parts famous between 1908 and 1915 when the Ford Motor Company began production of the Ford … Continue reading

Attention to Detail (by Len Winneroski)

“Jesus answered: ‘Don’t you know me, Philip, even after I have been among you such a long time? Anyone who has seen me has seen the Father…Don’t you believe that I am in the Father, and that the Father is in me? The words I say to you are not just my own. Rather, it … Continue reading

On Guard in Suburbia (by Len Winneroski)

“The God of peace will soon crush Satan under your feet.” Romans 16:20, NIV Last week a momma duck decided to make her nest in the landscaping by my neighbors’ garage. This would normally be no big deal, but we don’t live by a lake. My neighbors are very sweet people, and they have adopted … Continue reading

The Perfect Swing (by Len Winneroski)

“Therefore, my dear friends, as you have always obeyed—not only in my presence, but now much more in my absence—continue to work out your salvation with fear and trembling, for it is God who works in you to will and to act according to His good purpose.” Philippians 2:12-13, NIV I stink at golf.  I … Continue reading

Laughter, Joy and Jesus (by Len Winneroski)

“You have loved righteousness and hated wickedness; therefore God, your God, has set you above your companions by anointing you with the oil of joy.” Hebrews 1:9, NIV I learned a new word today, “gelotology.”  Gelotology is the study of laughter and it’s psychological and physiological effects on the body. Believe it or not gelotologists … Continue reading

Beauty and Branches (by Len Winneroski)

“Be energetic in your life of salvation, reverent and sensitive before God. That energy is God’s energy, an energy deep within you, God himself willing and working at what will give Him the most pleasure.” Philippians 2:13, The Message   I don’t mind mowing the grass.  We have a push mower and I usually look … Continue reading

Stinkers and Saints (by Len Winneroski)

“As for the saints who are in the land, they are the glorious ones in whom is all my delight.” Psalm 16:3, NIV Have you ever been sprayed by a skunk?  Before this morning, I had no idea that there are ten different species of these cute little stinkers.  There are hooded skunks, spotted skunks, … Continue reading