Growing through conflict: #2 Discern your internal triggers

Every conflict reveals something about your identity. A conflict can be like a mirror for your soul–if you take the time to look. What was it about this conflict that made you angry (or hurt, etc.)? The typical response isn’t good enough: “Anyone would get angry at this!” And here’s why: when we rush past examination to arrive at justification, …

Growing through conflict: #1 Identify the basic facts

Conflicts come in all shapes and sizes. They are rational and emotional and the most difficult ones are personal. It’s tough to think clearly when we’ve been hurt, offended, angered, etc. (chose your own description, I don’t want to put you in a box!). Everyone has blindspots, and these seem to grow when we feel attacked. To grow through conflict, …

Bible Study: Psalm 23

One of our small groups recently used the Psalms Bible study (download here for free) and decided to also study Psalm 23. I wrote the following to help guide their personal reflection and group discussion.   Psalm 23 The twenty-third Psalm is a classic! The imagery is simple, yet powerful and profound. It is easy to read for the first …

The Psalms: a personal Bible Study

It’s finally finished: Click here to download: PSALMS-personal Bible Study (PDF) If you want an additional lesson on Psalm 23, you can get that here: http://hokma.com/2017/01/bible-study-psalm-23/

The Infinite Value of the Psalms

I LOVE the Psalms, but…I didn’t always love them. To be honest: when I was a younger Christian, I thought the Psalms were a waste of space. Harsh And horrible thinking, I know. How could a person claim to love scripture (which I did), but not like the largest book in the Bible? Theologically, this amounts to believing that God …

THIRST, day 26

Scripture: Praise the LORD, my soul; all my inmost being, praise his holy name. Praise the LORD, my soul, and forget not all his benefits— who forgives all your sins and heals all your diseases… (Psalm 103-1-3) Prayer: Dear Lord, you are worthy of my praise, thank you for your blessings and your presence in my life. Forgive me for the …

Thirst: 40 days of seeking God through scripture, prayer, and reflection

My soul thirsts for God, for the living God. When can I go and meet with God? (Psalm 42:2) The World offers so much! Unfortunately it takes time and pain to discern its true emptiness. We are promised satisfaction and fulfillment, instead we are handed momentary distraction and self-deception. Even the best this world has to offer never satisfies the …

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 …