In our journey towards new opportunities of influence and leadership, Christ invites us into deeper levels of servanthood and suffering. Not for our own merit but for the expansion of the Kingdom and to make Christ known to those that we love and serve.
But when believers are convicted by the Holy Spirit of the wrongness of their condition, stuck in partial and temporal inadequacies they will begin to long for a more personal relationship with God, a more direct experience of His presence and power. Enough will not be enough anymore. This is when our walk needs to move beyond words, thoughts and feelings, beyond Christian one-liners, churchy rhetoric and catch phrases, beyond acronyms and into the second blessing.
“We told him to stop because he wasn’t in our group” (The Apostle John). This “Us Vs. Them” is an ancient problem. But Jesus’ response is as shocking today as it was then.
Those who delight in the law of the Lord and meditate on it day and night will be like trees planted along the riverbank, bearing fruit each season. Their leaves will never wither, and they will prosper in all they do.
Christ invites us to exchange our life for His and to pick up our cross and follow Him. Exchanging our worst and our best for all of Him.
What ever profession you’re involved with will be secondary to your reputation. Just being nice, is not good enough. Is your word reliable? Are you trustworthy?
Were there even mirrors in Bible times? Apparently, there were and James tells us, just as we look into one today, trying to find every pimple, wrinkle or blemish…so we should look at the word with the same attentive scrutiny. It can save our souls. But don’t stop there because if we don’t act on it, we’ll get religion…but not true religion.
We all, near and far, have an inner world, an inner universe and an inner treasure chest waiting to be challenged by God’s awesomeness. God’s all reaching glory can often appear overwhelmingly intimidating. But when we allow Him in His role as a Father, He enables us to His full beautiful life.
God is honored most not by our givings to Him but by our takings from Him. “What do you want? Ask, and I will give it to you!” He’s still asking Millennials the same question today. What will you answer?
In some kind of mysterious way, the Holy Spirit would have us look at a passage that is eerily the story of so many of our current American tragedies. The father/son combination of David and Absalom will be juxtaposed against another Father/Son combo that will bring us much hope.
God loves us too much to leave us this way. He's provided everything we need to become fully mature in the stature which belongs to His Son. Ephesians 4 will help us to diagnose what the heck is going on that some of us remain half-baked. Doesn't apply to you? Might be time for more honest friendships.
A tragedy fit for kings and court jesters: David's leading a kingdom but whose is it? His insatiable appetite has raveled out of control. He abandons his post and loses the strength to love his neighbor. The battle is fierce and still rages today. Where may the love of God be found?
The real work that needs to happen for a reconciliation of any kind...has already been done in the crucified Christ. Really. He solved the problem with our relationship with God and with one another. In doing so, he also created a brand new humanity
Have we chosen to divide ourselves into both a sacred life with Jesus and a secular life based upon principles taken solely from this world? The time is now for us accept and allow the eternal plan's work in us for making our lives whole and undivided.
Many who have been paralyzed by past events and future worries are learning the value of living in the Power of Now. We who have been called out of insecure darkness are learning to yield to the pausing and movements of the unstoppable, ever-present and ever trustworthy One.
We know faith comes by hearing the Word of God. Have you added more words to His or are we communicating the utterances of Jesus as He spoke them?
It’s the question that comes with a certain tone, rising up from the feeling that Jesus has fallen asleep on us. Is this ignorance or indifference? Who is this Guy/God that takes naps in a storm while we’re all about to die?
Jesus used these cute little stories often. Truth be told, there's nothing cute about them. In fact, they are a veiled confrontation with the truth. The crowds He spoke to were not ready for a naked discourse. Are you and I?
If we want to understand the visible world and get the highest good out of the things we can see, we’re gonna have to bring into our field of vision, ‘the things we cannot see.’ All of this is only made possible by a window, a door, named Jesus.
Our God, God the father, God the Son, God the Holy Spirit has spoken to His creation, and continues to speak, and is speaking to His church, "ascribe to Him the Glory due His name”.