A stop sign is a visual reminder to stop your vehicle. A stove is a visual reminder that dinner needs to be made. A bed is a reminder that we need sleep. Our world is filled with visual reminders. So why not use them as visual reminders of great and wonderful spiritual realities? Here’s what … Continue reading Visual cues for spiritual truths
I live beside a cemetery. Some people might think that’s creepy, but not me. Maybe it’s because I’m not afraid of death. A few months ago I wandered through it, looking at the names on the headstones. Some had lived a hundred years, others a hundred days. It was a reminder about the shortness of … Continue reading People-pleasers or God-pleasers?
A high schooler once asked me: “Why is God always saying to glorify him? Isn’t that sort of selfish?” Good question. If any of us did that it would certainly be a selfish thing to do! Here’s the difference. God wants the best for us, and he himself is actually the best. So when … Continue reading Is it selfish for God to ask for praise?
Have you ever done something really nice for someone but they didn’t even acknowledge you? Maybe you can hear yourself saying something like this: “They didn’t even acknowledge what I did!”
Our world is often messed up when it comes to what it thinks is beautiful. That’s why I think the Dove Campaign for Real Beauty is such a success. People know—deep within—that we’re paying attention to the wrong things when it comes to beauty. Well, do you want to know who is TRULY beautiful? God. … Continue reading True beauty
This week I was reading Psalm 143:11 where David says, “For your name’s sake, LORD, let me live” (CSB). He was in trouble and called out to God for help. As a part of that, he asked God to let him live for the sake of his name. But what does that mean? It means … Continue reading Limited opportunities or eternal possibilities?
Psalm 115:1 starts like this: “Not to us, Lord, not to us but to your name be the glory, because of your love and faithfulness.” It’s a prayer for God to get all the glory. And yet we don’t always glorify God, do we? Jud Wilhite pastors a church in Las Vegas. He writes, “God … Continue reading Credit where credit is due
Yup, you're imperfect. But when you think about serving God, do you consider your flaws statements of honesty, or excuses? Read on.
Viktor Frankl was a psychiatrist and Holocaust survivor. In World War Two he was in a concentration camp serving voluntarily as a doctor to his fellow prisoners. Some men approached him because they thought they found a way to escape. They wanted to know if he wanted in on the plan. He thought about it… … Continue reading Despite your circumstances
Revelation 22:9 "Worship God!" (NIV) Today's Thought Maybe it’s because we’re so used to shopping through all the stores at the mall or picking and choosing whatever we want from restaurant menus. Whatever the reason, in today’s society, it’s hard not to be… Consumers. Even when it comes to worship. Believe it or not we … Continue reading They brought in pets. And everything changed.