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’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
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 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
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
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’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
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
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?