A prayer for the burdened

Our savior Jesus said, “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.” (Matthew 11:28-30) Father. I come …

Can Anything Good Come From Feeling Hopeless?

The people in the Bible are far from perfect. It’s actually quite refreshing. Job asks a question and makes a declaration that don’t paint a pretty picture of faithfulness to God. Job was hopeless and it was real, raw, visceral: “Why then did you bring me out of the womb? I wish I had died before any eye saw me.” …

Two Upsides to Unfair Accusations

I felt like I was unfairly accused the other day, and I don’t respond well to what I consider to be unjust criticism. Some people can roll with it, but that’s not my natural response. If you are interested, you can read about that HERE. That experience had me on high alert when I was reading 1 Peter. God used …

How to Actively Hear God’s Voice

I don’t like it when I’m treated unfairly. You probably don’t either. All of us react differently when we are attacked. I lean heavily toward a “passionate response.” That’s code (and rationalization) for fight fire with fire. It’s not very Christlike, and I’m working on it. I’m an assistant coach, and a few days ago, a parent had some constructive …

Why Relational Connections are Important to Me

I recently spent a little time thinking about my friendships and thanking God for their impact in my life. Fellowship is a gift! We aren’t entitled to friends, we have to be a good friend to develop significant relationships. As I was considering the benefits I receive from my close friends, the following blessings bubbled to the top: Laughter and …

A Personal Leadership Tune Up

The people we know deserve our best, so we ought to work on getting better. When we delay our personal growth, we aren’t just limiting our potential, we also have a weaker impact in the world around us. When it comes to personal growth, we get to choose our own adventure: either we decide to have consistent check ups or …

Prayer from Habakkuk 1:13

Father, Thank you for showing me who you are. Thank you for being holy and just. Help me to know you better, to know you as you actually are, and not as I want you to be. Thank you for not tolerating evil. Thank you for not being OK with the bad things that have happened to me. Help me to …

Does it matter that God is holy and just?

This teaching from Habakkuk is a call to praise the God who is not like us and has no tolerance for evil. Let us be holy like he is holy—uncommon in our world but not disconnected. Let us also take an inventory to see how much evil we tolerate in our own lives so that we can bring that to him in humility and repentance.

What God Can’t See

“Your eyes are too pure to look on evil; you cannot tolerate wrongdoing.” (Habakkuk 1:13) A few questions for reflection: What does this scripture teach about God’s character? What is your initial response? How does this make you feel? Does this verse raise any questions or confusion?

Who Will Rescue Us?

“So I find this law at work: Although I want to do good, evil is right there with me… What a wretched man I am! Who will rescue me from this body that is subject to death?” (Romans 7:21-24) In this world, on this side of eternity, life is difficult and draining. Every failure creates conflicting feelings that are hollow …

Meet The Controllers

They fear the unknown and hate the unknowable. They answer questions without questioning answers. Greet you with a plastic face, Face their life with an iron fist, Fractured heart with empty joy. Predictable is comfortable is predictable. Cage the dragons, vanish the chaos! Make life safe like a roller coaster. Lock it down! Label it right! Get it figured out tonight! …

Two Responses to Conflict

Let’s face it, no one likes conflict. However, conflict is inevitable. It’s never a question of IF a conflict might occur, it’s a question of WHEN. If a conflict is handled with maturity, it can lead to tremendous growth. We can grow closer to God, others, and even develop personal insight. Conflict creates unique opportunity. There are two common responses …

Who Is God? He is jealous.

“Do not worship any other god, for the Lord, whose name is Jealous, is a jealous God.” (Exodus 34:14) Why is God’s name Jealous? Because he wants the hearts of all people to love and worship him. Why not use a different word? Because God’s desire for us is strong, intense. No single word can accurately describe God–in fact, not …

How to make an impact, a brief look at Romans 15:14

I myself am convinced, my brothers and sisters, that you yourselves are full of goodness, filled with knowledge and competent to instruct one another. (Romans 15:14) Paul’s encouragement to the church in Rome is clear: Goodness—Impacting others begins on the inside because it takes the integrity to consistently make good decisions. This doesn’t mean perfect, it means influencing others requires …

His Name is Jealous

“Do not worship any other god, for the LORD, whose name is Jealous, is a jealous God.” (Exodus 34:14) Jealously is the intense demand for exclusive possession and/or devotion. In the original language of the Old Testament (Hebrew), the word for “jealous” ranges in meaning from “be zealous for” to “be envious of.” Human jealously is not the same as …

No Other Gods

Some thoughts for your personal reflection:   “I am the LORD your God, who brought you out of Egypt, out of the land of slavery. “You shall have no other gods before me. (Exodus 20:2-3) In your own words, write a definition of worship. Read Exodus 6:6–8. What promises did God make to the Israelites? How did God help Israel? …

Fear, not Faith

32 [Jesus] said to [the demons], “Go!” So they came out and went into the pigs, and the whole herd rushed down the steep bank into the lake and died in the water. 33 Those tending the pigs ran off, went into the town and reported all this, including what had happened to the demon-possessed men. 34 Then the whole …

Bible Study: Galatians 3:1-4:7

Getting Started with Galatians 3:1-4:7 Begin with prayer: Ask God to make your heart pure, soft, and undivided. Confess your sins so you can receive his mercy and grace. Humble yourself so you can hear his voice. Release your worries so you can rest in his presence. First read: Read without pausing, to get an overall sense of the chapter. Second …

Bible Study: Galatians chapter 2

Getting Started with Galatians 2 Begin with prayer: Ask God to make your heart pure, soft, and undivided. Confess your sins so you can receive his mercy and grace. Humble yourself so you can hear his voice. Release your worries so you can rest in his presence. First read: read without pausing, to get an overall sense of the chapter. …

Who is Jesus?

He is God The high priest said to him, “I charge you under oath by the living God: Tell us if you are the Christ, the Son of God.” “Yes, it is as you say,” Jesus replied. Matthew 26:63-64 He became a person The Word [Jesus] became flesh and made his dwelling among us. John 1:14 He taught with authority …