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 …

Personal Bible Study: Hebrews 5:11-6:12

Here is a simple Bible study on Hebrews 5:11-6:12: BibleStudy (PDF). It just contains the text and a few questions for reflection. Three lists to better understand this passage: Elementary teachings foundation of repentance (from acts that lead to death) faith in God cleansing rights laying on of hands eternal judgment “Beyond elementary teachings” teaching about righteousness distinguish between good from evil …

leadership training: servanthood

Quick training I created for our team: servant leadership ANSWERS servant leadership OUTLINE   I also dusted off an old quite time journal and made this available: acts.of.humility4.0.journal acts of humility COVER

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 …

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 …