What might be one of the greatest dangers to our faith is a season of plenty. You know, those seasons where we're happy, where we have almost everything we could ask for, where we really can't complain about anything. Those seasons where it's really tempting to say that the world is satisfying us. I know … Continue reading Worship in Seasons of Fullness
I have a really bad tendency to rush into decisions without first praying to God. I mean, I might mutter a prayer, saying something along the lines of "Jesus, show me Your will and what You would have me do." Sounds great, right? Maybe it would be if I actually surrendered and waited around to hear God's … Continue reading Praying Over Big Decisions
Sometimes I think Noah gets glossed over a bit. The story of the ark and the rainbow is a pleasant Bible story for kids, perhaps to older folks a glaring reminder that we are sinful beings serving a just and merciful God. But I've recently read the story again, and I am awestruck by Noah's … Continue reading A Study In Faith & Obedience: Noah
So you're stuck in a rut. Everything's going wrong, you're upset, hurt by the storm that's ravaging your life. Every time you think it can't get any worse, it does. You wonder if God is ever going to rescue You from this mess. I know what it's like. I know what it's like to be praying for something to turn around, to throw yourself at God's feet and cry for Him to fix it like only He can.
By a show of hands (metaphorically, just bear with me), how many of you have heard of - and could tell me about - Priscilla and Aquila? Probably not many of you. And before you get too ashamed, let me just come out and say that I couldn't have either before two Sundays ago (one Sunday ago as I'm writing this, but it's being scheduled in advance :P).
I want to die. That's what Paul said in his letter to the church in Philippi, which he was writing from a prison cell in Rome. And mind you, death was a very plausible thing for Paul at that time. He was awaiting trial, and as far as he knew at the time, he could have been facing execution after the trial.
With one skim through the gospels, we see, over and over again, giant crowds of people following Jesus everywhere he went, swarming him, and clinging to him, almost desperately. They couldn't get enough of him! That alone should tell us something about Jesus.
In the beginning verses of Mark 8, Jesus, for the second time, feeds a huge crowd of people with very meager means.
"Therefore, go and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit." - Matthew 28:19 (NLT) It's the great commission. Almost all Christians know about it; most can probably quote (or at least paraphrase) that verse. But what does it mean?
Very recently, I received news that a friend passed away in a car accident. He was 22. It's something we all hear about - you know, a young person passing away, before his/her time, and when I hear those stories, I think about the friends they left behind, the people who were just as young. I think about how hard that must be. Because when we're young, we think we're invincible. We have our whole lives ahead of us. Nothing can stop us.