Civility and Grace

The level of political discourse in the United States has been ratcheted to new levels of ugly incivility. The strident messages coming from people across the political spectrum have crossed the line of the right to voice political viewpoints and differences into the...

Human Trafficking – You Can Fight It.

I’ve been in the studio all week working on the new “Living Oaks” recording. I’m really excited about the new music—the best I’ve ever done— and look forward to sharing it with you in the future. This blog is one I wrote earlier and hope it will inspire you to find...

Developing A Healthy Thought Life

My wife is a very disciplined eater. Terese is faithful to a low-carb diet, so she eats lots of healthy salads and vegetables and avoids things like hamburger buns and high-fat foods. She makes choices each day that fit into her goal of maintaining a healthy...

Attacks and Storms

Izzy, our Cairn terrier, marked her 10th birthday last week.  Not that I am biased, but Izzy is the smartest, cutest, and most people-friendly dog in the world! For Izzy’s birthday, Terese baked her favorite “Johnny Cake” (cornbread) that we all shared—see the picture...

On the Spot Prayers

I continue to discover that worshiping God is all about being available and obedient to His promptings—whenever and wherever they come. This is especially true in the area of prayer. Last weekend my wife and I attended the graduation party for the beautiful daughter...

Medals of Honor

Earlier this month our entire family gathered in Cedar Rapids, Iowa to watch our daughter Annie receive her college diploma. We all celebrated Annie’s stellar college career and cheered her on as she moved into the next chapter of her life. In addition to all our...

The Old Piano

A few days ago I walked into a studio to begin recording new original music for a project that will be released in early 2019. As I walked into the same studio where artists such as Prince, Janet Jackson, and others have made music I felt a sense of history as well as...

The sweet sound

This week I’m sharing the original song “The Grace In Which We Stand” to accompany this week’s post. http://chrisatkins.net/wp-content/uploads/2018/05/10-The-Grace-In-Which-We-Stand-2.mp3 There’s nothing sweeter than the sound of God’s people singing to Him. As a...

Always fulfilling, but sometimes hard.

(This week I’ve included the original song “The Heart of A Friend” with this blog. Enjoy!) http://chrisatkins.net/wp-content/uploads/2018/04/The-Heart-of-a-Friend-Duet-with-Jodi-Baker-2.mp3 I once heard something about serving God that I now know is not true: “If God...

Breaking the Cultural Age Molds

(This week I’ve included the original song “Grace Unleashed” with this blog. Enjoy!) http://chrisatkins.net/wp-content/uploads/2018/04/Grace-Unleashed-2.mp3 Our son Greg is a youth pastor at a large church in Minnesota. Last week his church hosted a gathering of...