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
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
Okay, folks. At the risk of sounding like Captain Obvious, I have to address the elephant on the screen: I’ve not posted a blog in more than 3 years! Since March 2013, things have changed in my life. I extended my service in the US Peace Corps until June of 2014, I dyed my hair (a … More for the sake of my voice
“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 Tuesday, March 15, 2011 On Sunday we met up in the Zona Colonial in the center part of Santo Domingo. The guagua left not even a minute before I got to the stop, and didn’t come again for another 45 minutes. Nice. But we got to our group in time, so no worries. Peace … More colonial zone tour / hair day
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
“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
“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
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
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
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