Sometimes the obstacles in front of us feel insurmountable. The raging rapids of the river echoes laughter at our inaction as we stand on the banks. And yet, as we look at the those hellish waves that threaten to tear us to ribbons, we swallow the knot that rests in our throats. We close our eyes and hear the reverberations of a command “go make disciples”, but our eyes are […]
“Here we go again,” I remember thinking.
That orange and black, schedule-killing, “DETOUR” sign and its implications replayed in my head like a symphony of dissonance. How quickly my favorite Kubota tractor colors would diminish from happily leading the way through my personal therapy sessions cutting the grass into the uneasy anticipation of “cutting it close” for time. And my impulsive intentions climbed from internal complaints to an almost inexplicable desire […]
We had our first week back at church recently. I will say it was an emotional experience. I loved hearing the multitude of voices and bustle of conversation that happened in the parking lot after service. I loved hearing the cries of toddlers and babies all across the sanctuary as we turned our ears to listen to the message. In a moment, we had packed generations into a single room […]
1Whosoever believes on Jesus as the Christ is born of God… 4For whatever is born of God overcomes the world; and this is the victory that has overcome the world—our faith (1 John 5:4-5).
The fabled heroes strained to survive the adversary, relentless in pummeling the outnumbered ranks. One pummeled to the ground while on bended knee his armor wasted. One brother-in-arms on his back—the enormous weight and scathing sensation of […]
1 John 2
28 And now, little children, abide in him, so that when he appears we may have confidence and not shrink from him in shame at his coming. 29 If you know that he is righteous, you may be sure that everyone who practices righteousness has been born of him.
1 Corinthians 1
26 For consider your calling, brothers: not many of you were wise according to worldly standards, not many […]
I think the hardest person to minister to is the worldly Christian. In contrast, loving those who disagree with the Christian faith is simple because their stance is clear, marked in the sand and it provides a starting point for conversations. Ministering to those who are caught in the clutches of sin and are grasping to be free are able to be rescued because they see their need. But the […]