God's plan for our lives is peanut-butter-and-jelly simple but so often we want to put the peanut butter and jelly on the outside and wonder why our lives are such a sticky mess.
How not to be a disciple of Christ
The Lord had one of the most counterintuitive recruitment programs of all time. As great as the need was, you would think He would take anyone who was willing. But it was the need that made Jesus so particular.
Two Kinds of Bosses
My middle daughter used to play for the university soccer team. In the four years she was there, her team won the national championship three times. (I like to say it was because of her, but actually it was a team effort.) That team loved their coach. I’ll call him “Coach C.” Coach C. demanded … Continue reading Two Kinds of Bosses
False teachers are always on the lookout for unstable souls and these teachers don't just exist on TV or the Internet. They're in our churches. Our best defense against them is still the truth.
As a blessing to the Philippians, Paul sends to them two men whom he considers kindred spirits: Timothy and Epaphroditus. Timothy’s trip is short term. Paul sends him as a liaison to comfort the Philippians on Paul’s status and to report back to Paul on the Philippians’ status: But I trust in the Lord Jesus … Continue reading Kindred Spirits
Paul the Concerned Father (1 Thessalonians 2:9-12)
One summer, years ago, I had the great privilege of working at a Christian camp ministry in Colorado. Sometimes I worked on the maintenance crew, and some weeks I worked as a counselor with kids in my own cabin. I didn’t realize it at the time, but during my times as a counselor, God was teaching me some very important parenting lessons.
Paul the Loving Mother (1 Thessalonians 2:7-8)
God gave us Paul as an example so that none of us could say that living all out for Christ is impossible. Paul’s life proves that it is possible.