It is by our actions, what we do and what we do not do, that God is displayed in the world. When we are willing to step in and love for the long haul or be kind to one who simply is not God is given space and the ability to change people (and us).
We look for God in all the wrong places. He will not be found in a party, in the laws we pass, or the justices we approve. God is found in acts of service, solitude, prayer, submission, ways Foster beautifully outlines in his book.
We are 40 days from the election. At this point, I assume you know who you are going to vote for. Instead of focusing on what is largely decided individually - I am going to focus on what we do come November 4th - regardless of who wins.
Today we cover the last two Beatitudes. Attitudes that our culture is in desperate and dire need of. They are also the ones that require the most self-reflection and struggle.
The Road to Joy is the happy medium between a self-help book that never gets below the surface to the hard work, and what can feel clinical and unattainable.
When I say the word, “mercy” what do you think of? Maybe it is a pardon at the last minute, an act of kindness to someone undeserving. Perhaps it is extending forgiveness to someone who is “unworthy.” What about giving a jacket, a warm meal, or even acknowledging someone begging on the street? As we... Continue Reading →
It is time for some repentance. It is time to bring my very bitter, self-righteous heart to God. I need to lay down my pride-filled arrows and see the nicks and pain I have left with my wild shots. It is time to put aside this armor of bitterness - it does not serve me well.
Somehow, we have allowed basic human respect, the assurance of life, and that “all men are created equal” to be sliced along political lines. This is not a political issue. This is a human being issue. If you are a person of faith, this a God created all humankind issue.
If you and I were going to make a list of people who are “blessed” - what would we include? Jesus gave nine statements of what it means to be "blessed" and they are not what we expect.