As we move towards the end of Romans we see a shift in tone. Until now we have been with Paul as he travels around, telling people about Jesus, and starting or building up churches. If this was a movie, we would cue dramatic music. Something ominous is coming. We join Paul in a room... Continue Reading →
God promises to take our fears, cares, worries and to give us comfort if we are willing to leave them at His feet! It might not change the outcome - but all your worry, anxiety and scheming won’t do that either.
Whatever we place the highest value on is what we worship. Whatever we spent the most time thinking about and striving for is what we worship. We can justify it 100 ways, but whatever you value more than God, whatever you turn to instead of doing a quiet time, whatever you look to for your value, whatever you use to validate yourself and measure your worth is your god.
The biggest difference between Mother Teresa and most of us is our ability to get close to the heart of the Father and live out of that. Mother Teresa served the lowest and rejected in India. She cleaned the wounds of people dying of leprosy and made sure they knew they were seen and loved... Continue Reading →
When we left things last week, Peter just had a remarkable change of heart! He witnessed the Holy Spirit come down into the lives of Gentile believers just as mightily as it had on the disciples and those with them. God told Peter: there is no distinction before my eyes! Do not call common or... Continue Reading →
I love the chapters we read last week. Hard, yes. But they paint a deep picture of what life was like for the early church and provide us valuable lessons about the heart of God.
Hello dear friend! We have made it through the first week in our reading. How are you feeling? What stood out to you in these early chapters? One amazing aspect of these first chapters is seeing Peter grow into his plan and purpose. We treat Peter so one dimensionally: doubting Peter, impetuous Peter, the "rock"... Continue Reading →
Acts covers some 33 years! It is easy to think it is just a couple of years. But within what Luke recorded we cover the time when Paul wrote the majority of his letters.
This present trouble - our county, this world, my own aching heart... It can feel like a smothering weight. It is easy to look at what is happening around us and feel overwhelmed, sad, concerned and a bit lost. Our country is divided. There is so much violence and hatred. We are losing something precious.... Continue Reading →