We know that all things work together for the good of those who love God, who are called according to his purpose. – Romans 8:28 (CSB) I love that verse. It was my grandpa’s favorite verse. He had a wooden plaque with that verse etched in it. That plaque now hangs in my office, and […]Read more "Conforming Glory"
I’m talking about the trials, the pain, and the unknown that we experience in life. Events or seasons that leave us wondering and fearful of what’s lurking in the dark shadows that seem to choke the path in front of us as we try to walk in faithfulness to God. Why would God’s path of righteousness ever travel through valleys like those? Why wouldn’t he keep that path running on high ground?Read more "Righteousness in the Dark"
Ever since the church began, it has had to hold two things in tension with one another. You could call them inward and outward. The inward community the church has with one another, and the outward reach the church has to its neighbors and to the nations.Read more "The Tension of Inward and Outward"
I love thinking of Bible study as digging for treasure. When I do, it causes me to think through three things: proper tools, the act of digging, and reflecting on the value of the treasure I find. My hope is to give you a place to start when it comes to reading your Bible and how you can begin exposing yourself to God’s Word regularly.Read more "Treasuring the Word"
So, you’ve prepared to gather together with the Body of Christ on Sunday morning. You’ve spent time in the passage that will be preached on. You’ve spent time in prayer. You’ve prioritized the Sunday gathering in your schedule. And now it’s Sunday morning. Now what? Now that you’re gathered together with other believers, how should you approach that time together?Read more "Approaching Sundays: During"
We should approach Sundays to gain all God has for us while giving away ourselves to complete worship along with our brothers and sisters. The reality is, many of us approach Sundays with a light hearted attitude summed up in one word, routine. Not routine in the good sense. Instead, we are routine in the sense of growing numb toward all God is doing through the Body of Christ gathering together for worship. As we seek to approach Sundays well, for the glory of God, I want to look at 3 ways we can engage greater on Sunday mornings.Read more "Approaching Sundays: Before"
He has rescued us from the domain of darkness and transferred us into the kingdom of the Son he loves. In him we have redemption, the forgiveness of sin. – Colossians 1:13-14 (CSB) Wow! What wonderful gospel words! Words that are true! Words that help us know the God who has saved us! Words that […]Read more "Wow!"