|Posted on January 23, 2019 at 11:00 AM||comments (0)|
Sometimes we just don't see God coming. We don't realize that He desires to meet with us, that He wants to be a part of every aspect of our lives. We've put Him in a box instead, and imagined Him to be much smaller than He is. And when He comes close, we're largely unaware.
Moses experienced the presence of God in some pretty spectacular ways. Once he asked God to show him His glory, but God warned Moses that what he a...Read Full Post »
|Posted on January 22, 2019 at 10:45 AM||comments (0)|
THE SIN OF PARTIALITY
Isn't it good that you and I don't decide who is "worth saving?" We're too easily deceived by appearances. We may think the rich, profane executive who has the world by the tail would make a dynamite Christian if he were "cleaned up," but judge the down-and-out derelict as a more likely candidate for prison. Years ago a play called "Tobacco Road" caused a stir at its Atlanta, Georgia premier because those in the audience were offended by its main c...Read Full Post »
|Posted on January 21, 2019 at 9:50 AM||comments (0)|
MOVING AN ICEBERG
Ice-cold folks are among the toughest we encounter. Nothing moves them. Nothing seems to break through their frosty exterior. And if we're honest, their coolness repels us. They're hard to love. But are we excused? You know the answer. We are not. Not only are we called to love those who love us, we are called to love those who do not.
The Titanic was an engineering marvel: the largest, fastest cruise ship ever built. Her designers boas...Read Full Post »
|Posted on January 18, 2019 at 10:30 AM||comments (0)|
HOW TO RECEIVE TREASURE
It is God, James tells us, who is the giver of every good and perfect gift. Treasure, real treasure, comes from God alone. How is it, then, that we fail to receive that which He would give us? Often the problem is not that God is withholding, but that we are holding on.
There's an old, bucolic story about a little boy who got his hand stuck in a delicate vase. It seems he reache...Read Full Post »
|Posted on January 16, 2019 at 9:20 AM||comments (0)|
Thank goodness for Plan "B." There is a way to get right with God. There is a way to be declared righteous and be received into heaven. Plan "A" is useless because the law tells us we are all sinners. No flesh will be justified; no man can be "good enough." That's why Plan "B" is strictly a gift. It is God's gracious answer to man's failure. And it is free.
In Plan "B", God Himself declares our worth, on no basis of our...Read Full Post »
|Posted on January 15, 2019 at 9:25 AM||comments (0)|
Theoretically at least, there are two ways to get to heaven. You might call them Plan "A" and Plan "B." The first way to get to heaven, Plan "A", is to live a life without error. A sin-free life. Never a wrong action, a wrong thought, a wrong desire. No errors. Not only does Plan "A" require you to live a life without error, it requires perfect righteousness. Every thought righteous. Every action righteous. Every word spoken pleasing t...Read Full Post »
|Posted on January 14, 2019 at 9:45 AM||comments (0)|
The scene described here is sometimes called the triumphal entry. It is Jesus' final return to the city of Jerusalem where he would be captured, charged, and crucified for His claims. Luke tells us that Jesus was going ahead, up to Jerusalem. I would be willing to say that no one reading these words today has
|Posted on January 8, 2019 at 9:45 AM||comments (0)|
WATCH YOUR MINDSET
Let me ask you something about your mindset: Are you a feeler or a springer? When you get up in the morning, are you a feeler or a springer? I'm a feeler. I don't just jump out of bed and go from zero to sixty in nothing flat. I need to lie still for a little bit and wake up gradually. But Jo Beth is a springer. She wakes up and does not linger. She's up and out before I can get one eye open. Generally, springers go to sleep quickly…like between...Read Full Post »
|Posted on January 4, 2019 at 10:25 AM||comments (0)|
WHAT LOVE OVERLOOKS
A woman celebrated her 50th wedding anniversary with her husband. She was a wonderful wife, mother and grandmother, and on this special occasion, one of her grandchildren asked her the secret to her happy and enduring marriage. She smiled and said, "Well, sweetheart, when your granddaddy and I married, I made a list of ten things I would overlook in his personality. Just ten things I didn't like, but was willing to forgive. ...Read Full Post »
|Posted on January 3, 2019 at 11:10 AM||comments (0)|
How blessed are those who observe His testimonies, who seek Him with all their heart.
“Get serious.” That’s an admonition to people who take things lightly. Jesus’ mission was to make disciples, learners who will take Him and His Kingdom with seriousness. Popular cultural religion often degenerates to a casual item of curiosity. But there’s a proportionate relationship between experiencing ...Read Full Post »