We can often misjudge our own seasons by comparing our journey to others. As a quick review, there are one of three seasons that you may find yourself in as you journey through life with Christ: the Waiting Season, the Writing Season, and the Working Season.
This article will focus on the Waiting Season.Read More
Given the pace of life today, you need to take a pause and ask yourself if you’re just rushing through life and running on empty. Too often, we all do it. If we were a car with a gas tank hovering near empty, we’d get to the gas station and fill it up. But what do we do instead? We dash around and forget to stop and breathe in those beautiful moments when our child kisses our cheek or when our husband tells us he loves us. We get a promotion at work…and it’s right back to work. We need to learn to take a minute and breathe it all in and say, “Thank You, Lord!” We need to take the time to stop and be grateful. We need to go outside and gaze at the trees and the big blue sky that God made for us to enjoy. Put life on pause, collect your thoughts, and realize that God created you to enjoy the good things in your life.Read More
One of the great wonders of the Christian life is reconciling who you are now in Christ with who you once were without him. We are like one who marvels as he sees his empty bank account become one with an infinite sum. Life will never be the same. For the Christian, however, our lives have not simply been enhanced as the rich man but resurrected as the dry bones of the valley (Ezekiel 37). We have passed from death into life.
John Piper says, “Romans 6 deals with the kind of life that leads to eternal life: What it is and how to live it.” When we placed our faith in Christ and trusted his finished work to set us right with God, we received his grace. What do we then do with that grace? In Romans 6, Paul points out two opposing options. We can use grace as an excuse for sin, or we can use it as a power for obedience.Read More
Arthur Miller’s famous play, Death of a Salesman, features a pitiful character named Willy Loman. His story is a cautionary tale of a life that is hollow and sad, because the most important thing in life for him is to be well liked and well respected by others. According to Willy, appearing successful matters more than being successful; appearing kind, generous, and virtuous matters more than being kind, generous, and virtuous; and appearing to have one’s act together matters more than having one’s act together.Read More
This article is by Christy Mercer Forbes and published by Team Jesus Magazine My Page in the Book of Christian Singles I have a little story to tell you. I don’t gossip about others, so you can take this as a lesson for the books. I believe everyone’s story can help someone gain life…Read More
Before one of our Night of Hope events years ago, I was walking around the baseball stadium and was surprised to see birds all over the outfield grass. I was told that in order to fix the daily wear and tear and keep the grass growing evenly, the maintenance crew went out every day to throw grass seed, which brought the hungry birds. Despite the birds, the grass stayed beautiful because the abundance of sown seed was greater than the birds.Read More
“He expounded unto them in all the Scriptures the things concerning himself.”
The two disciples on the road to Emmaus had a most profitable journey. Their companion and teacher was the best of tutors; the interpreter one of a thousand, in whom are hid all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge. The Lord Jesus condescended to become a preacher of the gospel, and he was not ashamed to exercise his calling before an audience of two persons, neither does he now refuse to become the teacher of even one. Let us court the company of so excellent an Instructor, for till he is made unto us wisdom we shall never be wise unto salvation.Read More
My dad was a tailor – excuse me – a master tailor. He was the best and he believed how good he was. It was his gift, a true calling.
Sewing clothes presented many opportunities for my dad to meet and minister to people. He never preached to them, but he shared his knowledge and his heart. He had many customers, including some that decided to go elsewhere. Some of those that left chose another tailor because they were “well known”, not necessarily because they were better. Of course, it was upsetting for him to lose customers to someone else, especially when he’d taken the time to get to know them and perfect their preferences.
God cares about how we live our lives, He has provided us so much of His guidance in the Old Testament and in the New Testament. For example, God’s word instructs us how to walk in Ephesians 5.
•Walk in Love (Ephesians 5:2)
•Walk in Light (Ephesians 5:8)
•Walk in Wisdom (Ephesians 5:15)
God instructs us to walk in Wisdom but how do we walk in wisdom?
The decisions we make every day don’t just affect our lives, they affect generations to come. When you make decisions that honor God, when you’re generous and faithful, it is being credited to your children’s account, to your grandchildren, to future generations. Just as there is a generational curse of negatives that can be passed down, there is a generational blessing. God is keeping an account of every good thing you do, the times you forgive when you could stay bitter, the times you’re being your best when nobody is giving you credit. That’s not being overlooked. It’s accruing mercy, favor, and blessing in your family’s account. You can be the one to set your family on a new course of blessing. You can start freedom, wholeness, and victory.Read More