…The Forest for the Trees

September 29, 2015By AthenaAthena Dean Holtz, Real Talk No Comments

On Sunday, our ladies Sunday school class was discussing our motivation for mentoring others in the Lord. The author of Mentor Like Jesus suggested the underlying motive is gratitude for what God has done for us. One of the ladies asked about doing things for God with wrong or impure motives, which sparked an illustration … Read More

A Right Perspective

September 22, 2015By AthenaAthena Dean Holtz, Real Talk 5 Comments

As I interviewed Laura Story about her book, “When God Doesn’t Fix It” I was reminded of such a powerful truth. God doesn’t always change the circumstances, but He does change us. Examples in the Bible like Job and Esther and others who experienced victory and redemption and a “happy ending” are not the only … Read More

How Majestic is Your Name

September 8, 2015By AthenaAthena Dean Holtz, Real Talk 1 Comment

It was difficult to get this song out of my head as we forged the waters of the northern inside passage of Alaska. The sunrises were breathtaking. Sunsets stunning. Moonlight reflected on the great waters. Stars filled the expanse of the sky, flickering, glimmering. Snow capped mountains glistened in the warm sun. The glacier radiated … Read More

Lessons from the Boat

September 1, 2015By AthenaAthena Dean Holtz, Real Talk No Comments

It seems like God is always using something that happens on the boat as a sermon prop, and I love it. This last week of having grandkids on the sailboat was a little slice of heaven, along with numerous doses of the realities of life. The first one occurred when we were hooked up to … Read More

The Story of the Yellow Corvette Pickup

August 27, 2015By AthenaAthena Dean Holtz 2 Comments

This weekend our church holds its Annual Summit Connection Day. The highlight of the day is the car show where loads of local hotrod aficionados bring their hobbies and enjoy a day of swapping car stories and restoration tricks. Last year’s car show carries with it a new legend … the story of the Yellow … Read More

His Timing is Impeccable

August 25, 2015By AthenaAthena Dean Holtz, Real Talk 1 Comment

We’ve been studying 1 Timothy on Wednesday nights at my home, and had  just finished our 3rd week and Chapter 3. Julie, recently widowed, asked: “Can we skip ahead a week and study chapter 5 next? I really want to understand what God expects of me as a widow, and I’ll be out of town … Read More