“You were taught, with regard to your former way of life, to put off your old self, which is being corrupted by its deceitful desires; to be made new in the attitude of your minds; and to put on the new self, created to be like God in true righteousness and holiness” (Ephesians 4:22-24). I … Continue reading Yield your thoughts
[If you accidentally received this twice, sorry!] Check out this pattern in John 1: Andrew and another disciple asked Jesus where he was staying: “Come, and you will see” (verse 39). Jesus calls Philip with the simple but ever-direct words: “Follow me” (verse 43). Philip tells Nathaniel that they have found the Messiah. Nathaniel isn’t … Continue reading Confidence and obedience: mutual accelerants
In the much-quoted Sermon on the Mount, Jesus said: “Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven” (Matthew 7:21). Brothers and sisters, you don’t actually believe beliefs that don’t change how you live. Notes: … Continue reading Beliefs that change how you live
In his farewell speech to the Ephesian elders Paul said, “I have not hesitated to proclaim to you the whole will of God” (Acts 20:27). That phrase could also be translated as the “whole counsel of God.” That’s an important phrase. He hasn’t skipped over the uncomfortable parts or the inconvenient parts; he has been … Continue reading The WHOLE counsel of God
“When [Jesus] had finished speaking, he said to Simon, ‘Put out into deep water, and let down the nets for a catch.’ Simon answered, ‘Master, we’ve worked hard all night and haven’t caught anything. But because you say so, I will let down the nets’” (Luke 5:4-5). I find great inspiration and comfort from Peter, … Continue reading Because you say so
#Blessed is a really popular hashtag, especially at this time of year. When posting pics many people—including myself—will say we’re somehow #blessed and that God has been good to us. To be honest, I love seeing it. It's an awareness of God as a loving provider. But get this. In Luke 11:27-28 a woman in … Continue reading #Blessed?
Pastor Craig Groeschel was giving a talk at a youth camp. There was one boy who was clearly just not into it. As Craig talked, he sat there disinterested, hands in his pockets, slumped over, even looking angry. Afterwards, the young man revealed some struggles in his life. Craig asked if he could pray for … Continue reading God is on me!
Do some of Jesus’ teachings make you uncomfortable? Be honest. Think about a story or teaching that makes you squirm a little. -Maybe it’s one of the ones about helping the poor and it makes you uncomfortable because you know you can be apathetic to the plight of those who are struggling. -Maybe it’s about … Continue reading Does it make you uncomfortable?
The house my dad grew up in didn’t have an indoor bathroom. Today, in my house, not only do we have two bathrooms, but we have gadgets and appliances galore. I just heated my coffee up in a microwave… instantly. And I didn’t need a fire to do it! We live in a culture of convenience. … Continue reading Convenience or obedience?
Have you ever tried to go somewhere with only half a map? Have you ever tried to assemble a BBQ with basic picture prompts but instructions that were in a different language? If so, you’ll know that having some of the information isn’t the same as having all of the information. That’s what I think … Continue reading Using God’s love as an excuse