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.
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.
To journal means to sit with our thoughts, to get below the surface, to feel. These are becoming lost arts in our society, and yet they are precisely what we need if we are going to flourish and live together as human beings. Journaling touches on the core of who we are. It is a safe place to let it all out, to dream, to process, to be 100 things at once and yet still be you. Let's get started!
For some, coming home for Christmas is not easy or possible. For some, the joy of the season is lost in regret, loss, loneliness, isolation. This is a hard season for a lot of people. People are hurting, feel alone, away from loved ones, in mourning. This is not a time of gifts, togetherness, and unending happiness for all. For some it is a very broken Hallmark moment.
Let me hide under the covers, pull my shell over my head and not have to deal with all that is coming at me. I (essentially) have ten days to get everything done - to sort, purge, maintain, survive. To see people, do things, enjoy this state, keep my sanity. And today it feels like a losing battle.
"Just take one big step." His voice seemed to echo into the night. He'd already said it once before...or was it twice? I felt his hand on my back. Could he feel me shaking? I knew he wouldn't push me in. This was a decision I had to make. I looked behind at the other... Continue Reading →