sacrificing self sufficiency

“Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.” Matthew 5:3 Today, what has the potential to keep you from relying on God? Business? Success? Skill? Regret? Shame? What can you do to keep the myth of self sufficiency from stealing your faith?

How do I know when I’ve ignored God’s Word?

And now you will be silent and not able to speak until the day this happens, because you did not believe my words, which will come true at their appointed time. (Luke 1:20) Let’s start with the obvious. In this narrative, we see some very tangible and unusual consequences for not believing God’s words. Most consequences for disobedience (ignoring God) …

Rest for the Weary

Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light. (Matthew 11:28-30) For we are God’s handiwork, created in …

Choosing contentment

But godliness with contentment is great gain. (1 Timothy 6:6) Do not worship any other god, for the Lord, whose name is Jealous, is a jealous God. (Exodus 34:14) Take delight in the Lord, and he will give you the desires of your heart. (Psalms 37:4) But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be …

broken or crushed

Everyone who falls on that stone will be broken to pieces; anyone on whom it falls will be crushed. (Luke 20:18) The stone is Jesus. And his use of the words everyone and anyone makes this simple teaching apply to all humans. This promise from Jesus makes it clear that we have a choice, to either be broken by Jesus, …

another tale of a hurting youth worker

I recently met with a hurting youth worker. While the situation was a little unusual, the result was common: conflict. After reflecting on our conversation, I articulated the following lessons in my journal so I don’t forget them the next I need to restore a relationship.

when death is a good thing

To live is Christ and to die is gain. (Philippians 1:21) Can you imagine a statement more bold? Who can say–with confidence–that death is a good thing?