Yesterday I talked about the unpopular and much-neglected process of repentance. In fact, since it flies in the face of our Do-Anything-That-Makes-You-Happy society I kind of wonder if some of you will actually unsubscribe to this devotional after you read this! 🙂 But since repentance is biblical, it matters. And what matters to God should … Continue reading Ambiguity: the enemy of action
Repentance. It’s an unpopular topic. But it’s biblical. And therefore, it matters. When John the Baptist bursts onto the scene in Matthew 3:2 (ESV) he says, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand” (Matthew 3:2 ESV). Jesus says the EXACT same thing in Matthew 4:17. Repentance is making a U-Turn. It’s being honest … Continue reading If there was an x-ray of your soul
Yesterday I talked about setting priorities. Hopefully you were able to think it through and name some of your non-negotiables. But let’s take the next step: Start to adjust your weekly routine to better reflect those priorities. Friends, this is where the rubber meets the road. Why? Because it involves change. Maybe a priority for … Continue reading Priorities: Where the rubber meets the road
When it comes to a worship service, I’m usually the one doing the talking. So I was really looking forward to a service I attended on Tuesday night in Midland at Knox Church. My friend and colleague Alton Ruff said that when Jesus calls us to do something, it quite often involves going out of … Continue reading Worth the risk
One of the invisible values of our society is novelty. That means we often prioritize and cherish ideas that are NEW. Now don’t get me wrong. I’m a big fan of new ideas. The problem is when new ideas aren’t necessarily good ideas. When we’re star-struck with the “latest and greatest,” we get drunk on … Continue reading Drunk on novelty?
What do you expect when you worship God? Some of us expect to give something—whether it be our time, talent, money, voice, or prayers. But many of us expect to get something too—whether it be teaching, or friendship, or inspiration, or even comfort. Today I want to focus on the idea of comfort. Don’t get … Continue reading Jerked up by the collar
There's someone in your life who really needs to change something, right? Here's another way to look at things that is more productive, helpful and positive.
Proverbs 15:19 “The way of the sluggard is blocked with thorns, but the path of the upright is a highway.” (NIV) Today's Thought Have you seen the Zootopia movie? It came out from Disney last year. In one scene, police officer Judy Hopps (a bunny) and Nick Wilde (a fox) go into the Department of Motor … Continue reading The pablum of the weak
Imagine you were alive 10 years ago and got a glimpse of today’s news headlines. With new words like Tweet and Selfie, would some of them even make any sense? Probably not. Things change. Now image that today you could see some news headlines for 10 years from now. What new words would there be? … Continue reading Tweets, Selfies and other things that change
Isaiah 53:2 “He had no beauty or majesty to attract us to him...” (NIV) Today's Thought When pastor Fred Craddock was in Oklahoma he saw a painting of Jesus. He was asked to look at it for his opinion. But it wasn’t the kind you’d expect to see. The colours were dark, including purples and blacks … Continue reading Looking at him like that offended too many people