Christians should have the same mind as Jesus Christ. With that mindset comes both a wider context of spiritual knowledge and practical application for our daily lives. Let’s review two passages from the letters of the Apostle Paul – 1 Corinthians and Philippians. The spiritual knowledge of the “mind of Christ” instructs us in “the … Continue reading Humble Service & The “Mind of Christ”
To what have you given your first hope? Relationships? A career? Promotions? Higher Salary? Achievements? Fame? Books written about you? Vacations? Trips of a lifetime? Bucket Lists...things to do before you die? Retirement? Our first hope should always be placed in the return of our Lord. When it is, instead, given over to other things … Continue reading Hope Is An “Anchor For The Soul”
It's part of our nature that when our experiences with a particular activity cross a certain threshold, those experiences lose some of their wonder. Our child-like amazement retreats somewhere more deeply inside of us. Do you remember your first time as a child flying above the clouds? Looking down at them from the airplane window? … Continue reading Wonder & Marveling
"We are so committed to arranging for a happy little life that God has to thwart us to bring us back to himself." "The true story of every person in this world is not the story you see, the external story. The true story of each person is the journey of his or her … Continue reading Journey of the Heart
Ever received a letter from Heaven? Jehoram did. A letter from Heaven, from Elijah himself, arrived into the hands of this disobedient King of Judah. Sounds like good news? It wasn’t. Elijah writes that God was not pleased with the King: “…You have led Judah and the people of Israel to prostitute themselves…You have murdered … Continue reading Letters & Promises from Heaven
Some days feel like a contest for who can tally up the most suffering; who can endure the most pain and loss. And the onslaught, at times, is merciless. Please keep in mind that, while certainly true, pain and suffering aren’t the entire truth. In fact, they’re only a very small piece of our eternal … Continue reading The Glory IN You
Albert Schweitzer wrote, “The tragedy of life is what dies inside a man while he lives.” There are things - eternal things - that are significantly more important than the immediate context of today. A part of you is eternal, formed by and in the very image of an eternal creator. Won't you, … Continue reading Slipping Away from Me
As a child, I often heard the phrase, "See no evil, Hear no evil, Speak no evil." So many times, the lessons of our childhood ring with truth in our adult years. Solomon wrote, "Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it." (Proverbs 4:23). As the center of our being, … Continue reading Guard your Heart!
Certainly you’ve had multiple conversations this week with friends, family, and co-workers. Some feel elated, and others feel devastated. Each of us needs walked back in from the ledge sometimes. Indeed, there are other times when we all need to be brought back down from the clouds. There’s no shortage of extreme emotions. Right, wrong, … Continue reading Come in from the ledge.
"Do you still not see or understand? Do you have such hard hearts? Having eyes do you not see?" ~Jesus questioning his disciples (Mark 8:17-18) Why are things so often hiding in plain sight? Looking for those car keys? or your wallet? I bet they're right under your nose...sitting right there on the table by … Continue reading Seeing the Invisible Qualities of God