Everything we need to settle our account before God is met in Christ and Him alone.
One day there was a preacher who was invited to fly across the country to preach at a meeting. This preacher had never flown before and when he got to the check-in desk, he was obviously nervous. Through a brief conversation, the lady at the desk learned that her nervous customer was a preacher and … Continue reading Remembering the Abiding Presence of God
Paul equated Jesus with God in all his epistles, usually in the greeting. When you consider that Paul learned at the feet of Gamaliel, one of the greatest rabbis in Jewish history and that Paul (then Saul) was trained to be a Pharisee, an elite sect of the Jewish religion of the time, equating Jesus … Continue reading Paul’s Radical Greeting to the Philippians
In a previous post, I mentioned that my wife and I were in charge of s’mores for our Vacation Bible School. Part of that responsibility included keeping the fire going. Because it’s easier to keep a fire going than it is to restart one that’s died out. That means keeping a constant eye on the … Continue reading Are you fueling your fire?
David reminds us of a very important spiritual art: the art of remembrance, specifically the art of remembering Who God is and what He has done. Who can forget Who God is? Believers. Think of any time of crisis. When we panic, when we fear, when we worry, we’re forgetting Who our God is. Think … Continue reading It is good to remember
I know this sounds petty, but the Bible says “In [everything] give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you” (1 Thessalonians 5:18), so I want to publicly thank God for helping us with our yard sale today. We held the yard sale today because we are moving soon, and … Continue reading I just want to thank God for helping us with our yard sale.
Waiting on the Lord through crisis. Do you know how hard that is? Anyone who has ever had to probably does. Waiting on the Lord usually means waiting past the endurance of our faith. Let’s face it: It’s easy to be spiritual at the beginning of a crisis, before the reality of it really takes … Continue reading We have a perfect God who loves imperfect people.
Let’s be honest: some things are easier said than done. In our heads we know we’re supposed to rejoice in the Lord, but sometimes it’s really hard to get our hearts to come along. Paul wrote Philippians from prison and the key word in that entire letter is “rejoice.” I don’t know about you, but … Continue reading No matter what else happens, I will always have God.
For Joseph, living for the Lord was the worst thing he could have done with his life. Well, from the perspective of casual observers that’s what it looked like. Because Joseph went from being his father’s favorite and God’s chosen to being his brothers’ enemy number one, then to being sold into slavery, then for … Continue reading Life’s Unfair! How to Deal with It. Part 2 (Or, Wait! It gets worse.)
God is plain to see to those with a heart to see Him.