"When the church is ostracized and suffering, we’re following in the footsteps of Jesus. We’re joining our King in exile." - Elliot Clark I've been a part of those church visitation programs before. You know what I mean. THOSE visitation programs. On a given weeknight the church (the few that the pastor successfully convinced to … Continue reading The “Great Falling Out”
I have a confession. It may not be surprising to some. I LOVE books! Not just any books, though. I love soul stirring, faith shaping, theology forming, God glorifying books. Lately, I have found myself wishing I could transfer that love of Christian reading to others somehow. I see how beneficial to the soul it … Continue reading Why Read Christian Books?
This began as a Facebook post, but became too long. So now it lives as a blog post. A brief, and somewhat sarcastic, description of social media platforms 1. Facebook (Baby Boomers and Gen X)- The place where we make our lives and families seem happier and healthier than they actually are. It's like a … Continue reading A Brief Thought On Social Media Platforms
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
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
"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
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?
"...with all your heart." Proverbs 3:5 Is it the heart of the matter, a matter of the heart, or does the heart even matter at all? The heart is a perplexing thing. I, for one, often wonder how the Bible can tell us to "trust in the Lord with all your heart" when it says … Continue reading Where Is Your Trust? Part 3: The Heart In Our Trust