Luke 9:23-26 Then he [Jesus] said to the crowd,”If any of you wants to be my follower, you must give up your selfish ways, take up your cross daily, and follow me. If you try to hang on to your life, you will lose it. But if you give up your life for my sake, … More are you following Jesus?
Being a follower of Jesus is not about addition, but rather addiction. It is not adding Jesus to a part of your life while leaving the rest of it unchanged. It is a complete takeover of your patterns, desires and focus. An obsession with knowing, loving and conforming to him, at whatever the cost. Matthew … More addiction, not addition
They think I take God too seriously. Do they know the definition of “God”? How seriously do you take an earthquake? A tornado? A black hole? Lightening? A hurricane? An ocean riptide? A tsunami? Do you think the Creator is not greater? Lord, please open our eyes to see Your furious, powerful, burning, beautiful holiness. … More why so serious?
Genesis 8:20-21 Then Noah built an altar to the Lord, and there he sacrificed as burnt offerings the animals and birds that had been approved for that purpose. And the Lord was pleased with the aroma of the sacrifice… The concept of making sacrifices to God (or a god) is an old one. In Noah’s … More who owns your stuff?
Hebrews 9:25-28 And he did not enter heaven to offer himself again and again, like the high priest here on earth who enters the Most Holy Place year after year with the blood of an animal. If that had been necessary, Christ would have had to die again and again, ever since the world began. … More in your sin, draw close to God
It’s been said to not question God. On the one hand, doubting God’s wisdom is futile at best, haughty at worst. On the other hand, God isn’t afraid of the questions we have about him. He is good. Sometimes it’s a journey to re-learn this, but we can bring him each doubt along the way. … More is it okay to question God?
Ruth 1:19-22 …when they had come to Bethlehem, that all the city was excited because of them; and the women said, “Is this Naomi?” But she said to them, “Do not call me Naomi; call me Mara, for the Almighty has dealt very bitterly with me. I went out full, and the Lord has brought me home … More you are not forgotten
Just a reminder: You don’t have to have a great audience to do great things. Being destined for greatness doesn’t always mean you’ll stand before many. It does always mean you’ll make the right impact, right where it matters. Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, … More destined for greatness
Have you ever found yourself to have grown in a virtue? Maybe in a disagreement, you found that you were more patient or gracious with the other party than you would have been a year ago. Maybe you’re more generous in your financial giving than you were six months ago. Or you were more kind … More no need to grow
I’ve shared this a few times this past week, and in the true spirit of the Thanksgiving holiday, I’ll share it with you. Sometimes when I feel myself getting down, or when I’m distracted from the truth of God’s goodness, I bring myself back into focus by taking a page out of the … More the Lord is good, so give him thanks
“I am trying here to prevent anyone saying the really foolish thing that people often say about Him: ‘I’m ready to accept Jesus as a great moral teacher, but I don’t accept His claim to be God.’ That is the one thing we must not say. A man who was merely a man and said … More the options
Written January 8 I read in Acts 26 about Paul recounting his conversion to King Agrippa. After he had finished, King Agrippa said to him, “You almost persuade me to become a Christian.” This just had me wondering, “What was it that held King Agrippa back from ‘altogether’ (as Paul worded it) coming to fully … More to almost believe
Written Wednesday, October 26 It is truly God who enables us to believe. We have songs like Byron Cage’s “Faithful to believe” and even the traditional hymn, “I have decided to follow Jesus” that speak of our choosing to follow the way of Christ or be faithful to him. But it is truly only God … More grace to choose
“While you have the light, believe in the light, that you may become sons of light.” – John 12:36 We have gotten so accustomed to humanity’s distance from God and from godliness that we’ve become comfortable with it; it has become the standard. But Jesus changed that all. He called us to believe, so we … More the light
Written Wednesday, July 20, 2011 Gary, Dave and Beth (my sister’s in-laws) came down Sunday for their annual medical mission. I went down on Monday to meet them and helped Mr. Gary with the interpretations. I had an awesome time!!!! I really enjoyed interpreting and making the patients feel comfortable with the process, but most … More fun & faith with the foresters
Reading Luke 9, specifically one of the accounts where Jesus fed the multitudes (10-17). Jesus took his twelve to a private place that he intended to be just for them, but some people found out, and they sought him out where he was with the twelve. He taught the crowd about the kingdom of God … More you give them something to eat
i know that homosexuality is a controversial issue in our society today, and it’s becoming more widely accepted. there are those who hold the view-point that the love between two people, regardless of sex is acceptable, as long as the two are consenting. i do not share that point of view. and while i realize … More struggle with sexuality
today in school of esther we talked about our strengths and weaknesses. pastor cooper admonished us to be self-aware in knowing them, because they are what we will be bringing into our marriages. i’ll have a moment of transparency and list some of mine here: strength: i try to see the best in people. weakness: … More strengths and weaknesses
captivated but no longer bound by chains left at an empty grave the sinner and the sacred resolved i simply cannot get enough of this song! and all of creation sing with me now lift up your voice and lay your burden down
“Therefore, if you died with Christ from the basic principles of the world, why, as though living in the world, do you subject yourselves to regulations—“Do not touch, do not taste, do not handle,” which all concern things which perish with the using—according to the commandments and doctrines of men? These things indeed have an … More why legalism sucks
“Awake, you who sleep, Arise from the dead, And Christ will give you light.” there is so much meat in ephesians 5, it’s ridiculous! i didnt even know where to start, so i’ve just put the whole thing (well, actually verses 1-21) here. Therefore be imitators of God as dear children. And walk in love, … More christ will give you light
thank you, jesus for your love! we truly don’t deserve it. help us be conformed to your image, that your life, suffering, death and resurrection not be in vain. Would you drive nails through your hands? Would you wear a cross of jagged thorns? Would you be pierced in the side for someone you love? … More would you? (via humble walker)
i wanted to post an update to the blog post about looking for a church home. i found it! 🙂 it’s not a “perfect church,” and i dont think there is such thing as one on this side of heaven. there are things i don’t like, but i truly believe it offers just what i … More my new body!
“Therefore be imitators of God as dear children. And walk in love, as Christ also has loved us and given Himself for us, an offering and a sacrifice to God for a sweet-smelling aroma.” ephesians 5:1-2 i’ve recently had an experience that lead to a lot of hurt. i was sorely misunderstood by multiple individuals, … More loving through hurt
“John Coltrane is sometimes described as one of jazz’s most influential musicians, but one is hard put to find followers who actually play in his style. Rather, he is influential by example, inspiring musicians to experiment, take chances, and devote themselves to their craft.” ~ William Ruhlmann, Rovi (from Pandora) This just makes me think: … More salt and light
i’ve been listening to AM radio broadcasts for the past few days now. i’ve had sparky (my car) for two years, but this is the first time i’ve ever really done that. the station (1240 in raleigh) has pretty good sermons, talks and programming. today on the way home, i heard someone say: “jesus wasn’t … More speak those things
in spanish, there is one word that represents to wait, to hope and to expect: esperar. in other words, if you want to say, “i am waiting for you,” you would say, “te espero.” if you want to say, “i hope you come,” you would say, “espero que vengas.” if you want to say, “i’m expecting a … More they that wait
What does it profit, my brethren, if someone says he has faith but does not have works? Can faith save him? If a brother or sister is naked and destitute of daily food, and one of you says to them, “Depart in peace, be warmed and filled,” but you do not give them the things … More faith & works in witnessing
i was in prayer just now, and i had this thought…not necessarily directly biblical, but just a thought. my image was getting to heaven and seeing jesus face-to-face. he showed me the holes in his hands as he did to thomas. then he prompted me to show him my wounds—-the battle scars i too had … More battle scars
For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities nor powers, nor things present nor things to come, nor height nor depth, nor any other created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord. Romans 8:38-39 Divorce, death, distance, bad … More the best love i’ve ever known
the gospel = you’re really messed up…but there’s a way out of your mess. the nature of the gospel tends to cause one of two reactions in people: the hearer becomes offended at being informed, “you’re really messed up.” the hearer is drawn and compelled to seek the way out of his/her mess. there are … More polar responses
i’ve been without a church home for about a year now, and i hate it. it’s not that i havent been looking, i’ve been to church every sunday that i’ve had the opportunity (that is to say that i wasnt doing something like working), save one time. and that one time just felt really awkward. i had this feeling of, “somewhere, people … More am i looking for heaven?
i can see your hands when i close my eyes. i can see your hands and they mean so much to me. you are close, so close and you only draw me nearer. i am drawn to you; i approach. i cannot see your face, but i know your Image. i have met you a … More in your courts
i’m about to go to bed, but i just wanted to spit off some thoughts. it’s crazy how quickly time flies. i’m 26 now, which i sometimes forget. you always know that you will age, but it’s somehow still a shock when it happens to you. i know, i know, i’m still young. i start my first solo ESL class tomorrow, and … More dopeness
Isaías 53 ¿Quién ha creído a nuestro mensaje? ¿A quién se ha revelado el brazo del SEÑOR? 2Creció delante de El como renuevo tierno, como raíz de tierra seca; no tiene aspecto hermoso ni majestad para que le miremos, ni apariencia para que le deseemos. 3Fue despreciado y desechado de los hombres, varón de dolores … More sufrimiento del siervo de jehová
Isaiah 53 1 Who has believed our report? And to whom has the arm of the LORD been revealed? 2 For He shall grow up before Him as a tender plant, And as a root out of dry ground. He has no form or comeliness; And when we see Him, There is no beauty … More the sin-bearing servant
most of this is an entry from my journal dated 9/29/09. do we then make void the law through faith? certainly not! on the contrary, we establish the law. ~ romans 3:31 so i was thinking about how we “establish the law” as oppose to “making void the law.” it’s funny because i was reading romans … More how did jesus fulfill the law?
it’s human nature to be focused on self, look out for #1, preserve the importance of one’s own interests; however you want to call it. i’m a firm believer in jesus’s call to serve others (“washing their feet”) and paul’s admonishment for the body of christ to esteem the needs of others above your own … More “trying” to stop being self-centered
I read Psalm 7, which, in my NKJV bible is entitled, “Prayer and praise for deliverance from enemies.” And my train of thought went several places, but my final take away points are: Stewardship = worship Draw near to God Trust God’s heart I’ll expand a little on point 3: In the midst of my thoughts/”discussion” … More learning to trust God’s heart