Exercising Godliness requires no special levels of training or expertise. It isn’t reserved for certified spiritual leaders, with degrees from preaching schools and Bible colleges. I can practice it right now, over the course of this day. So can you. Godliness is displayed thru the smallest, daily actions: making my daughter’s bed and breakfast, showing … Continue reading Growing in Godliness
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”
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
Don't allow your labels to define your identify. You're more than your labels. We're made to believe that we fit certain demographics. The world of big data, targeted marketing, and political segregation fits each of us nicely into "our" segments. Skin color. Gender. Education. Income-level. Sexual preference. Political affiliation. Ethnic background. Veteran status. Religious affiliation. … Continue reading You’re More Than Your Labels
Book Review To the Ends of the World by Chad & Amanda Garrett Passion can be exhilirating. Someone passionate about his work can drive success; extending his circle of influence beyond typical boundaries and defining new, atypical comfort zones. As missionaries for the Lord, the passion behind the work of Chad and Amanda Garrett is … Continue reading A Missionary’s Mission
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
"Nothing is so strong as gentleness, nothing so gentle as real strength." ~ Francis de Sales. "Let your gentle spirit be known to all men. The Lord is near." ~ Philippians 4:5 (NASB).
"Not being bad" does not equal "Being good." A common theme in recent discussions with friends is that if we're not bad, we'll go to heaven. Don't lie, cheat, steal, etc. and you'll enter heaven. That's simply not the case. Why? Because "not being bad" does not equal "being good." "Being righteous" equals "Being good." … Continue reading “Not being bad” does not equal “Being Good”
One doesn’t become holy when he walks thru Heaven’s gates. He must be holy to even gain entry. We must be holy now. Be holy now! “It is God’s will that you should be sanctified… For God did not call us to be impure, but to live a holy life.” 1 Thessalonians 4