What are you leaning on in life? All of us lean on something or someone. You may be leaning on your abilities, your intellect or your resources. So far, they’ve proven stable enough to support you. But what about in a real crisis, when the storms of life come and you don’t know what to do?
It’s the challenge of every generation to do the will of God. The truth is we are always just one generation away from extinction. One of the saddest Bible verses to me is found after the greatest conquest in Israel’s history. Joshua had led them into the Promised Land after 40 years of wilderness wanderings and over 20 years of battles. But, something happened that explains the dark days of Israel’s history when every man did what was right in his own eyes and they suffered such great defeat.
Does your life ever feel like you’re walking a tightrope? As Christ followers, we live between two poles – acceptance and striving. We don’t strive to be accepted. Our acceptance by God is based on grace through faith. You can’t earn it and you don’t deserve it. In exchange for our sin, God offers His righteousness so that we may be accepted by God through His Son, Jesus Christ! That’s grace!
I had to laugh when my good friend, Dr. Charles Lowery, recalled the story of when he was about 10 years old and his parents took his brother and him to the beach. He said that his parents set their towels and umbrella on the shore and let the boys go out in the water by themselves. In a short while, he said that he and his brother looked up from the water and couldn’t find their parents. As they scanned the beach, he said they spotted them; but, for some reason, they had moved about 20 yards from where they had entered the water.
Have you ever noticed in your Bible how abruptly the book of Acts ends? Unlike most of the 66 books that make up our Bible today, the book of Acts seems like there should be more written. There is! It continues to be written in the lives of each Christ follower throughout history!
God had set Isaiah apart as His servant, a prophet, to speak on His behalf. For him to be successful, he had to think differently than everyone else. Our thoughts govern a great deal of our behavior. The Bible says, “For as he thinks in his heart, so is he…” (Prov. 23:7 NKJV)
As you grow in your faith, is your love increasing more and more? Christian circles can often elevate knowledge over love, charisma over character and the gifts of the Spirit over the fruit of the Spirit. We may impress people with what we know, but we influence them with how we live.
“According to your faith will it be done to you; …” Matthew 9:29 (NIV) What are you expecting in 2014? Most of us begin with making plans and then setting goals to accomplish those plans. It’s conventional wisdom. But this year I want to challenge you to think unconventionally. Instead […]
I often get asked the question, “How do you prepare for your sermons each weekend?” Some people think that I walk up on stage and the Holy Spirit just instantly gives me words of wisdom. As much as I sometimes wish this was the case, the reality is that it […]
So many Christ followers think that we shouldn’t doubt and so many Churches tell us not to; but without those doubts, there wouldn’t be a time of growth from it. Doubts tend to creep in for me during times of stress, discouragement or disappointment. Problems and pressures can cause you […]