The Lenten season has historically been a time of solemn reflection on the human condition. Ash Wednesday reminded us that human life is fragile — for dust we are, and to dust we shall return. But we learn quickly that the human condition is marked not merely by fragility, but by depravity. In fact, by the time of Noah, human corruption and violence had become so pervasive that God was said to be grieved to his heart and filled with regret. That the all-powerful God could be portrayed as regretting the creation of man powerfully conveys the sinfulness of sin.Read More
"Often you see small and big wires, new and old, cheap and expensive electric cables. Alone they are useless, and until the current passes through them there will be no light. The wire is you and me. The current is God."
Mother TeresaRead More
I'm convinced that a lack of margin is not only disconnecting us from God it's literally killing us. I love the way Mark Batterson wrote about margin - check it out.
One of the hardest things for me to do right now is to maintain a margin. It's hard to keep up with email. I can't meet with everybody I'd like to meet with. It's tough to juggle pastoring and writing. And my kids need their dad more than ever. But for all of those reasons, maintaining margin is...Read More
“Each one should use whatever gift he has received to serve others, faithfully administering God’s grace in its various forms.”(1 Peter 4:10 NIV)
If you think your talents are simply for you to make a lot of money, retire, and die, you’ve missed the point of your life. God gave you talents to ...Read More
The ads we see are no longer just trying to sell us a product or service. They are selling us the promise of a better life—the answer to our despair. They’re trying to sell us hope. But we’re still coming up empty.
The problem with popular media and advertising isn’t that they have the diagnosis wrong. The problem is that they are trying to fix an issue that is simply beyond them. We might get a pleasant sugar buzz from a bottle of Coke, but we’re not going to find the solution to what is wrong inside of us.Read More
God can take events of the past and weave them so skillfully into a new plan for us that not only do we find there is a future for us after all, but it is as if there have been no wasted years.
CHRIST BEHIND ME
There He walks in your past. He walks in all the dark rooms you pretend are closed, that He may bring light. Invite Him into your past. Experience His forgiveness, His acceptance of you. Offer especially all that you are ashamed of... all that you wish to forget... all that still pains and hurts you... all the hurt you have caused others. Walk there in the places you are afraid of, knowing that He walks with you and will lead you on!
'I know the plans I have for you, says the Lord, to give you a future and a hope.'
Hope is vital to all people. But where can we find hope?
The very least you can do in your life is to figure out what you hope for. And the most you can do is live inside that hope.Read More