"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
"I thank my God in all my remembrance of you, always offering prayer with joy in my every prayer for you all, in view of your participation in the gospel from the first day until now." PHILIPPIANS 1:3-5 NASB Here, we continue following Paul's example of the posture believers should have toward one another. As … Continue reading Philippians 1:3-5: Thankfulness, Remembrance, Prayer, and Partnership.
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