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?
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 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