Successful Transformation: a reflection from Ephesians 4

Change is painful. There is no change without loss. There is no loss without pain. It is not difficult to understand that all change is painful. Intentional change – the changes we choose– has an added layer of difficulty because we don’t like it. For many of us, this explains why it’s been so long since we’ve experienced any meaningful …

How to Find the Time to Spend Time with God

Advice from The Imitation of Christ: “SEEK a suitable time for leisure and meditate often on the favors of God. Leave curiosities alone. Read such matters as bring sorrow to the heart rather than occupation to the mind. If you withdraw yourself from unnecessary talking and idle running about, from listening to gossip and rumors, you will find enough time …

One Way that Time with God Impacts our Relationships

Below is one way that the time we spend with God in his Word and in prayer impacts our relationships with others. No doubt there are many connections! This is not exhasutive! Loving people requires forgiving them (and grace) Forgiving others requires receiving forvigeness (and grace) Receiving forvigeness requires confession (and grace) Confession requires conviction (and grace) Conviction requires knowledge …

Are the good things in our life gifts or payments?

Gifts aren’t earned, they are freely given. They aren’t payment for services rendered. the good things in our life, are they gifts or payments? “Understand, then, that it is not because of your righteousness that the Lord your God is giving you this good land to possess, for you are a stiff-necked people.” Deuteronomy 9:6 Scripture is abundantly clear: the …

Be Not

Be not solicitous for the shadow of a great name, neither seek to be familiarly aquatinted with many, nor to be particularly loved by men. For these things beget distractions and great darkness in the heart.

Wisdom, Foolishness, Hypocrisy

For everyone looks out for their own interests, not those of Jesus Christ. Philippians 2:21 Wisdom looks to the interests of Christ. Foolishness looks to self interests. Hypocrisy thinks they are both the same.

Confidence or presumption

Scripture says: “Let us then approach God’s throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.” (Hebrews 4:16) And scripture also says: “Lord, don’t trouble yourself, for I do not deserve to have you come under my roof.” (Luke 7:6) Great faith walks the line between confidence …

So, what are you waiting for?

Anticipation is powerful. It sharpens our focus, helping us to ignore the irrelevant and look for what’s important. Expectation get’s us ready for what’s next. Waiting is often a necessary prelude for change. Everyone lives with some degree of anticipation. Every morning we get out of bed with some kind of anticipation, we are expecting something to happen. We may …

Don’t be afraid; just believe

Jesus told him, “Don’t be afraid; just believe.” (Mk 5:36) What did Jairus fear? Th Bible doesn’t tell us exactly what he feared, but we know who Jairus was, so it is not difficult to imagine his fears. Jairus was a desperate father because his Daughter was very sick. Jairus was also a leader of the synagogue, an important detail …

sorrow of heart

“Sorrow opens the door to many a blessing which [over-indulgence] usually destroys.” Thomas à Kempis. The Imitation of Christ (ch. 21) What are the doors opened by “sorrow?” dependence on God humility gratitude and contentment perseverance integrity receiving comfort from God showing comfort and compassion to others wisdom (there are some things we can only learn when we are lacking) Sorrow …