What Would You Run Toward?

“And he left the oxen and ran after Elijah”  (1 Kings 19:20, ESV)? Elijah had just put his cloak upon Elisha, and it must have taken him a moment for what had happened to sink in. When I am focused intently on my work, I get in a zone—when someone approaches me unnoticed I am likely... Continue Reading →

Get Lost!

I'm not sure if the present generation is all that much different from past generations when it comes to love of self and self-esteem. I have thought for some time that self-love, today, is probably at an all-time low. We have increased suicide rates, mass shootings, bullying, etc. And despite the fact that tolerance has become... Continue Reading →

Passion

“The heart of man plans his way, but the LORD establishes his steps.”  (Proverbs 16:9, ESV) Recently I’ve been encouraged by my Pastor to take a fresh look at my life, to re-evaluate the direction that God may be leading me. As a part of that, I’ve been looking at my passions, things in life—past and... Continue Reading →

Clarity

"Now the LORD said to Abram, “Go from your country and your kindred and your father's house to the land that I will show you."  (Genesis 12:1, ESV). Have you ever felt that God wanted you to do something, but lacked clarity? Have you neglected to take the first step simply because you couldn't see the... Continue Reading →

Honorable Lives

“Now in a great house there are not only vessels of gold and silver but also of wood and clay, some for honorable use, some for dishonorable. Therefore, if anyone cleanses himself from what is dishonorable, he will be a vessel for honorable use, set apart as holy, useful to the master of the house,... Continue Reading →

First Love

“But I have this against you, that you have abandoned the love you had at first. Remember therefore from where you have fallen; repent, and do the works you did at first. If not, I will come to you and remove your lampstand from its place, unless you repent.”  (Revelation 2:4-5, ESV) Having grown up in... Continue Reading →

Save Your Life?

“Then Jesus told his disciples, ‘If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me. For whoever would save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake will find it.’”  (Matthew 16:24-25, ESV) I’m spoiled rotten. I live in a country where I... Continue Reading →

Not To Be Served

“…even as the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.”  (Matthew 20:28, ESV) I have a confession. I like to be pampered and served. I enjoy going out to eat and having the wait staff cater to my desires. It makes me... Continue Reading →

Hard Sayings

“When many of his disciples heard it, they said, ‘This is a hard saying; who can listen to it?’ But Jesus, knowing in himself that his disciples were grumbling about this, said to them, ‘Do you take offense at this?’”  (John 6:60-63, ESV)   Jesus was not a social media mogul. He was not a celebrity... Continue Reading →

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