September 14, 2014
If God loves us the way we are, but loves us too much to leave us that way, then spiritual maturity is open to all of us—not just a select few. But we all know we don’t start out that way. So, part of the good news is that we get to change! This happens when we open ourselves to God’s work in our lives by getting rid of the smelly, dirty, gross things of our past and donning the clean, pure and beautiful things God has prepared for us!
September 7, 2014
In our relationship with God, he isn’t just working around us—he is working in us! When we come to the Lord, Jesus loves us just the way we are—but he loves us too much to leave us that way. So, we get to grow! We get to become spiritually and emotionally mature as we open ourselves, not just to helping out Father with one of his projects, but BEING that project!
August 31, 2014
While our culture celebrates the American Labor Movement (or for some, just the recognized end of summer), we turn our attention to the Labor of Love we experience when, like small children getting to help their dad with a project, God allows us to be part of his ministry. We recognize and celebrate the many ways he lets us help—always remembering what it cost for us to be those children instead of criminals awaiting judgment!
August 24, 2014
Jesus made it clear that not everyone who calls on his name will be accepted. That’s scary. Can we know whether we will be or not? What is this acceptance–or lack of it based on? Do we have to be good enough? How can we be sure that we are with Jesus now and forever?
August 17, 2014
Jesus said not to judge, but Paul chews out the Corinthians for not judging. How can these both be right? To understand, we have to understand what “judging” is, when it is appropriate and when it is not. Ultimately, what happens when we judge?
August 10, 2014
After a championship season, an athlete proclaimed “No one can ever take this away from us!”. The statement reflects the fact that we tend to fear losing what is important to us. So, what is important, and what do we do with that fear?
August 3, 2014
“Pious” isn’t a word most of us would like to have applied to us. It conjures up a picture of a “holier than thou” attitude. Yet the word just means to live according to our faith in God. So, what does “piety” really look like, and how can we have that piety without an attitude that makes it hypocritical?
July 27, 2014
We probably all have enemies, and the likelihood is we don’t like them! So, how do we act toward them? What does Jesus want to happen when we’re confronted with the desire–and the opportunity–for payback? What’s the one way we can insure our enemies don’t control us?
July 20, 2014
Appearances are important–especially in our society! We pay a lot of attention to what is on the outside–including our behavior–and that’s a good thing! But what about what’s on the inside? How do we look inside, and does it make a difference? That difference is often defined by the gap between the “spirit” and the “letter”!
July 13, 2014
Most people want their life to “taste good”–that is to have flavor, excitement, meaning. How does this happen? And if we find out life has gone tasteless, can we do anything about it?