Hidden Treasures and Plausible Arguments

“To reach all the riches of full assurance of understanding and the knowledge of God's mystery, which is Christ, in whom are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge. I say this in order that no one may delude you with plausible arguments" (Colossians‬ ‭2:2-4‬ ‭ESV‬‬). The first thing that drew my attention to... Continue Reading →

Work Your Strengths

Many years ago I listened to a sermon. I can't remember who preached it, nor can I remember anything else about the sermon other than this simple little sentence: "Work your strengths and staff your weaknesses." I have chewed on this sentence many times over the years, drawing on its truth in both my spiritual... Continue Reading →

Ask, Listen, Learn Part 2

Yesterday we identified the problem: we don't know the will of God for our lives. We saw that we need to believe that God's Word is true, that He answers prayer, and that He still speaks to us today. We learned that we will not find God's will for our lives from other people; we... Continue Reading →

Word for the Weekend: Accord

Besides being a popular automobile model, an accord is an agreement, treaty or contract. When nations at war come to terms with one another they create a peace treaty, or peace accord. It is a statement that they agree to certain terms, which, when kept, ensure continued peace. Of course, an accord can be initiated... Continue Reading →

Hypocrite!

On paper it looks so simple. "You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the great and first commandment. And a second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself" (Matthew 22:37-39). And "As you wish that others would do... Continue Reading →

Completion

"And I am sure of this, that he who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ" (Philippians 1:6 ESV). Do you ever feel as though you're just spinning your wheels? I know that visitors to my home have felt that way while attempting to climb... Continue Reading →

One Body

"For the body does not consist of one member but of many.... But as it is, God arranged the members in the body, each one of them, as he chose. If all were a single member, where would the body be? As it is, there are many parts, yet one body" (1 Corinthians 12:14,18-20 ESV).... Continue Reading →

Driven

I am driven. It's true. I have an obsessive personality and tend to throw myself into projects or hobbies without holding anything back. That has often led to burnout. That's not to say that I lose the desire to pursue those things, but rather that I pursue until my inner motivation is depleted or until... Continue Reading →

Seeking Clarity?

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 next step or know the final destination? Maybe, like me at times, you've tried to spiritualize your inaction by insisting that you were "waiting on God?" I... Continue Reading →

Word for the Weekend: Headspace

"Headspace--The unfilled space left above the contents in a sealed container. A person's state of mind or mindset. Time to think clearly or to be free from mental pressures." (Dictionary.com) We've all come to expect that when we open a bag of chips 2/3 of the bag is air. That air is called headspace. The... Continue Reading →

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