us and neither do our outcomes. When we are under pressure it does reveal our true character. Because pride keeps us blinded to our own shortcomings God allows pressure in our lives to create moments of clarity when our eyes are open to the reality of our hearts. Testing exposes our weakness. What un-Christlike attributes boil over when the heat is turned up? That’s where you still need to grow. Read More
We have a faith problem in the American church. We don’t want to own it, or maybe we don’t realize it, but we do. Here is what I mean: we believe that God can, but we aren’t as quick to believe He will. It doesn’t necessarily start that way, but it is more often than we want to admit where we end up. Read More
I’m not really an Insta-potter, but my husband is, and my best friend is. Don’t get me wrong, I am fine with eating instant meals like these, but if it’s up to me, I like food that’s been properly prepared, not rushed. I love a slow cooked steak or a twice-baked potato. I will admit that the instant cooking movement has been pretty amazing — easy, fast, cheap. We live in a world of quick and convenient, a world that operates on our timeline, and most of the time it’s pretty great. But when that philosophy carries over into our spiritual lives, not so much.
We have all betrayed a friend. Sometimes it’s out of hurt or anger, sometimes it is completely unintentional, and sometimes we think it will bring about a desired outcome; it’s simple selfishness. Jesus was betrayed but His best friends and I believe that while they probably had different reasons, they also had different outcomes. Read More
When we don’t consume the Word of God, we are spiritually starving. It is good to fast from the physical, but it is never good to fast from the spiritual. Any healthy diet ensures that nutrition is part of your eating plan. In the same way, we can not remove the nutritional aspects from a spiritual diet; we must continue to consume every word that comes from the mouth of God. This is our prayer time, the time we spend reading and studying Scripture, and the time we set aside to be in community with others who are on the same diet and can offer us healthy spiritual nourishment. These are the “good” foods of our spiritual sustenance.