The role of the husband in the Bible is weighty and sobering to men intoxicated by selfishness and flippancy. It is a radical call amid a culture that values immediate happiness and comfort over commitment.Read More
There is another reason why I stand there.
Some people get part way in and become afraid
lest God and the zeal of His house devour them;
for God is so very great, and asks all of us;
and these people way inside only terrify them more.
Somebody must be by the door to tell them that they are spoiled
for the old life, they have seen too much:
once taste God, and nothing but God will do any more.
Go in, great saint, go all the way in -
go way down into the cavernous cellars,
away up into the spacious attics -
it is a vast, roomy house, this house where God is.
Go into the deepest of hidden casements
of withdrawal, of silence, of sainthood.
Some must inhabit those inner rooms,
and know the depth and heights of God,
And all that many ever find
is only the wall where a door ought to be.
They creep along the wall like blind men,
with outstretched, groping hands,
feeling for a door, knowing there must be a door,
I Stand by the door.
I neither go too far in, nor stay too far out.
The door is the most important door in the world -
it is the door through which folk walk when they find God.
There's no use my going way inside and staying there,
when so many are still outside, and they, as much as I,
crave to know where the door is.
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
Not sure who wrote this but it's good reminder...
Yesterday I met a stranger...
Today this stranger is my friend. Had I not taken the time to say hello, or return a smile, or shake a hand, or listen, I would not have...
Relationships are crucial in life - we were created as relational beings. The tricky thing is that relationships don't just happen. You have to be wise and intentional about who your build relationships with.
'He who walks with the wise grows wise, but a companion of fools suffers harm.'
Evaluate your life in the following five areas. Do you have a person that can influence and encourage you in these areas.Read More