Weaknesses

“But he said to me, "My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness." Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me” (2 Corinthians 12:9 ESV). We all have our comfort zones for the variety of activities... Continue Reading →

Walk In Love

"Therefore be imitators of God, as beloved children. And walk in love, as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us, a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God" (Ephesians 5:1-2 ESV). We often describe the Christian life as a journey, or more specifically a walk. I believe there are good reasons for that. When... Continue Reading →

Godly Grief

"For godly grief produces a repentance that leads to salvation without regret, whereas worldly grief produces death" (2 Corinthians 7:10 ESV). As children exploring the boundaries of permissible behaviors we all likely did things that landed us in trouble with our parents or other authority figures (or both!). In fact, we may have done those... Continue Reading →

Duty

“So you also, when you have done all that you were commanded, say, 'We are unworthy servants; we have only done what was our duty'” (‭‭Luke‬ ‭17:10‬ ‭ESV‬‬). "Before you get any dessert, you need to eat all of your dinner." "You won't get your allowance until your room is clean and you've made your... Continue Reading →

Aging Well

“O God, from my youth you have taught me, and I still proclaim your wondrous deeds. So even to old age and gray hairs, O God, do not forsake me, until I proclaim your might to another generation, your power to all those to come” (Psalms‬ ‭71:17-18‬ ‭ESV‬‬). When I was a young man I... Continue Reading →

Hidden

"If then you have been raised with Christ, seek the things that are above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth. For you have died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God. When Christ who... Continue Reading →

The Barren Fig Tree

“And he told this parable: 'A man had a fig tree planted in his vineyard, and he came seeking fruit on it and found none. And he said to the vinedresser, "Look, for three years now I have come seeking fruit on this fig tree, and I find none. Cut it down. Why should it... Continue Reading →

What Defiles a Person

“'There is nothing outside a person that by going into him can defile him, but the things that come out of a person are what defile him.' And he said, 'What comes out of a person is what defiles him. For from within, out of the heart of man, come evil thoughts, sexual immorality, theft,... Continue Reading →

Silence the Ignorant

"For this is the will of God, that by doing good you should put to silence the ignorance of foolish people. Live as people who are free, not using your freedom as a cover-up for evil, but living as servants of God" (1 Peter 2:15-16 ESV). I think that the world has become disillusioned with... Continue Reading →

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