For four years I’ve hoped to preach through the BeAtitudes, but each time I was close to preparing a series of these paradoxical principles, God shut the door. As I’m currently preaching through them now, I’m realizing that God was preparing me to live them before I could share them. Continue reading
Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted.
In light of God performing an overwhelming work of grace in our lives, we are more sensitive to the part that our sin played in His death. “If we say, ‘We have no sin,’ we are deceiving ourselves and the truth is not in us…If we say, ‘we have not sinned,’ we make him a liar, and his word is not in us.” (1 John 1:8, 10). Ask God to be specific in revealing what sins you need to see, confess and repent of in your life. Continue reading
“I hope my new teachers are cool” “I hope I get a top locker” – just some of the statements my kids say as they consider a new school year about to begin. What do you “hope” for? I hope Jesus comes back soon. Of course, I have faith that He will.
Have you ever considered the relationship between hope and faith? Continue reading
I’ve heard football coaches say that defenses win, but that doesn’t negate that fact that the best defense is a good offense. A team can have a good defense and keep other teams from scoring, but it they don’t have an offense that can put points on the board, they are not going to win.
Prayer is the offensive strategy for the Christian. Continue reading
It’s no surprise that Mark is my favorite Gospel, especially since his favorite word seems to be “immediately.” Yet, tucked into the fabric of this succinct narrative covering the ministry of Jesus, we also find a valuable principle to successful leadership – time to get away. Continue reading