There are some weeks, when you are preparing for your lessons and messages in ministry, that the Holy Spirit springs open the floodgates in your heart and mind. You sense the Spirit. You can do nothing but think about what the Holy Spirit is teaching you and showing you, and all you want to do … Continue reading Blessed Are Those Who Mourn
Paul and Timothy, bond-servants of Christ Jesus, To all the saints in Christ Jesus who are in Philippi, including the overseers and deacons: Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. - Philippians 1:1-2 Most of us have found ourselves guilty of rushing through these introductory parts of the … Continue reading Philippians 1:1-2. Humility, Grace, and Peace
While thinking about what to write on next I caught myself thinking the wrong way. I was asking myself, "What is interesting? What will grab people's attention? What is catchy?" There's no shortage of that kind of stuff on the internet. Those questions, I knew, were not in line with my desire and calling. I … Continue reading A Journey Through Philippians
The book of Joshua has many popular verses. We quote them all the time. In fact, I recently read that Joshua 1:9 has been one of the most highlighted and shared verses in the popular Bible App. But what about Judges, the book right after Joshua? Why isn't it quoted as much? Maybe it is … Continue reading Will They Know?
7.5 billion people. According to the U.S. Census Bureau that is the current estimated world population. Do you feel small yet? Some people spend crazy amounts of time and effort to create social media videos that "go viral" (meaning they hit 5 million views). We think of these people as famous when, in reality, they … Continue reading All 7.5 Billion Of Us
The tears that wet the soil Beneath the Master's feet Hushed the roaring praises of the crowd. And calmed the pious anger Of the prideful Pharisees Even they refused to make a sound. They'd cried, "the king has come!" "The promised one of old!" "Hosanna, He has come to bring us peace!" Such joyous praise … Continue reading The Tears That Wet the Soil: A Short Poem From Luke 19:41-44
"And He will make your paths straight." (Proverbs 3:6) Up until now our verses have dealt with our call and responsibility to trust God. Now, from the last line of this famous passage, there is a promise that "He will make your paths straight." God is a God of order, not disorder. He has set … Continue reading Where Is Your Trust? Part 6: A Promise
Desperation has a way of quickening the spirit of a man. The fleeting last moments of your life bring alot of focus and clarity. I can personally attest to that. My day of desperation came recently and unexpectedly. It was very chaotic. Everybody was panicking. That day we all thought we were going to die. … Continue reading My Day of Desperation (A Story From Jonah 1)
I believe in gravity. I just wanted to put that out there. In fact, it is so real to me that it informs the way I live. When I walk down a set of stairs, without even thinking about it, I move my foot forward, knowing gravity will bring it down to the next step. … Continue reading Where Is Your Trust? Part 5: Trust Leads To Action
"...do not lean on your own understanding." (Proverbs 3:5) The first part of our Scripture addressed who we are to trust and the role of the heart. For the next part we shift into the role of the mind, specifically as it pertains to our perception of reality. What you believe about reality, your worldview, … Continue reading Where Is Your Trust? Part 4: Do You Really Understand?