Psalm 46:10 “Step out of the traffic! Take a long, loving look at me, your High God.” (MSG) Today's Thought I just spent a week in Myrtle Beach. It was… Awesome! Every time I go on vacation I learn something new. For example, last week I learned that... Cheap socks are never worth it The … Continue reading Step out of the traffic
Titus 2:7 “In everything set them an example by doing what is good.” (NIV) Today's Thought Most of us probably have a role model. A role model is someone you look up to, someone who provides you with a good example—something to aspire to in life. For years I would have said my role model … Continue reading A great investment opportunity
1 Corinthians 2:5 “That your faith might not rest in the wisdom of men but in the power of God.” (ESV) Today's Thought I’ve been a pastor for almost 9 years. And one of the things that happens over time is that you start to see patterns. You start to see certain consistencies with the … Continue reading The opposite of faith isn’t doubt
Proverbs 4:25 "Let your eyes look straight ahead, fix your gaze directly before you." (NIV) Today's Thought Sometimes, I think we’re our own worst enemy. We want to be closer to God, but don’t do anything to cultivate the relationship. Or we want to lose 10 pounds but can’t stay away from the high-fat snacks … Continue reading Excuses or progress?
1 Peter 1:3 “he has given us new birth into a living hope...” (NIV) Today's Thought Unfortunately, we live in a time of increasing despair. Last year, a front page New York Times article titled “U.S. Suicide Rate Surges to 30-Year High,” highlighted the sobering fact that overall suicides rose 24% between 1999 to 2014. … Continue reading Without food we can live for weeks… but hope?
Isaiah 9:6 “And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.” (NIV) Today's Thought Last year I attended a training session for people in our congregation who visit those who are sick and for those who can’t leave their homes. The leader, Cathy, had us look at a series of … Continue reading Is your God just a bigger you?
Hebrews 12:2 “Let us fix our eyes on Jesus” (NIV) Today's Thought A lot of people think that pastors never fall into the same ruts they do. Since we’re always talking about prayer and community and love, many people think that we never have dry spells in our faith. That’s just untrue. I will, however, … Continue reading Getting out of a rut
Matthew 5:48 "Be perfect, therefore, as your heavenly Father is perfect." (NIV) Today's Thought As strange as it may sound, you can’t be godly and perfect at the same time. To a certain degree, what I just said doesn’t make sense. After all, in Matthew 5:48 Jesus invites his hearers to “Be perfect… as your … Continue reading Be… perfect?
Hebrews 1:14 “Are not all angels ministering spirits sent to serve those who will inherit salvation?” (NIV) Today's Thought So what’s the deal with angels? Well, the answer may surprise you. They’re mentioned 273 times in the Bible; and “angel” is a word that means “messenger.” So an angel is basically a messenger of God. … Continue reading What’s the deal with angels?