Five Scriptures to Pray As You Start Your Day

colossians 315This morning was one of those that found me frazzled over things I should have dealt with yesterday and had to address this morning. Of course, I was edgy with the kids and reactionary to things that weren’t really a big deal, overwhelmed for no particular reason. It set a poor tone for the day and isn’t the good start I wanted everyone to get. Instead of harping on who hasn’t packed their lunch yet and who left their shoes on the porch, these morning minutes would have been better spent as a time of peaceful encouragement before facing the day. Continue reading

Jesus is Alive!

Luke 24:1-12 records the first recognition of the singular event that has changed all of humanity forever:
1 But on the first day of the week, at early dawn, they went to the tomb, taking the spices they had prepared.
2 And they found the stone rolled away from the tomb,
3 but when they went in they did not find the body of the Lord Jesus.
4 While they were perplexed about this, behold, two men stood by them in dazzling apparel.
5 And as they were frightened and bowed their faces to the ground, the men said to them, “Why do you seek the living among the dead?
6 He is not here, but has risen. Remember how he told you, while he was still in Galilee,
7 that the Son of Man must be delivered into the hands of sinful men and be crucified and on the third day rise.”
8 And they remembered his words,
9 and returning from the tomb they told all these things to the eleven and to all the rest.
10 Now it was Mary Magdalene and Joanna and Mary the mother of James and the other women with them who told these things to the apostles,
11 but these words seemed to them an idle tale, and they did not believe them.

12 But Peter rose and ran to the tomb; stooping and looking in, he saw the linen cloths by themselves; and he went home marveling at what had happened.

Today we still marvel at what had happened, and celebrate the risen King! He is alive!

 

The Knives Are Out…

I’ve written about the peculiar Christian practice of arguing over films before, and find it interesting that we as Christians are so ready to pull out the knives and have it out over a movie.

TheShackHeader_v2That’s not to say that the representation of God in culture, and the understanding and application of good doctrine are insignificant and not worth discussing.  The opposite is true, and works best when we are discussing and instructing, not just fighting.  As iron sharpens iron, our knives can be quite effective when used to sharpen one another, but are dangerous when used with the intent to cut down. Sadly, I have seen too much of the latter in recent days. Continue reading

Finding Hope in Those Hopeless Days

Adobe Spark (9)Today is starting off as one of ‘those’ days. You know what I mean. Days when the odds seem to be solidly stacking against you, leaving little room for hope as you strive to jump through the required hoops, only to find more hoops waiting on the other side, with no end in sight. Days when the needs are great and the resources to fill the needs are…not as great. Days when all the cars need some work, the spirit needs some work, and it would be great to just have a do-over and start this whole thing from another angle.

How can we get through these kind of days and still find hope in them?  Continue reading at crosswalk.com!

 

The Hope of an Everlasting Covenant

adobe-spark-6The best thing about the Christian faith is that it is based on an everlasting, unchangeable covenant. It is not about us being ‘good enough’, checking the right boxes, or trying to ‘be better’.  It is about a covenant between ourselves and God.

This idea of covenant is seen throughout the Bible from Genesis to Revelation, and some of the most powerful passages about who Jesus are found in the Old Testament. While reading in Ezekiel 16 during my morning quiet time, I was moved by this passage that so clearly lays out what this “New Covenant” would look like.

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In A Time of Turmoil, It’s Time to Refocus.

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The lines are drawn. Headlines are swirling.  People are doing all they can to get their thoughts out there as fact fades into opinion then into bias then into fact and back out again.

Leaders speak fiercely against that which they supported just months ago, people on all sides huddling up and circling the wagons.

Respected, thoughtful pastors have staked out their positions on either side of the debate, leaving many unsure of where to stand, or worse, leaving them to feel betrayed, confused, and opposed to good leaders they once supported.

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Ngilapha, Send Me.

screenshot_20160929-110810Every once in a while I take time to write about the various ministries my family members are involved in.  Last year my daughter Ruth made her first trip to South Africa, and her heart has been captured by the people and the ministry that exists there.   Continue reading