Finding God’s Rest

Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls” (Matthew 11:28-29, ESV). God Rests God never tires. He needs neither sleep nor repose.... Continue Reading →

Rest—Day 4

“The inner essence of worship is experiencing Christ as more satisfying than everything you lose in death and everything you have in life.” —John Piper At first glance this quote doesn’t appear to fit the subject of rest. Taken at face value it is about worship. But I contend that it has everything to do... Continue Reading →

The Way You Should Go

"I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will counsel you with my eye upon you" (Psalms 32:8 ESV). I have spent far too many years praying that God would bless my choices and decisions. At face value, that doesn't seem like a bad thing. But did God send... Continue Reading →

Draw Near

“Draw near to God, and he will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners, and purify your hearts, you double-minded” (James 4:8 ESV). It doesn’t really take much of an imagination to envision a fiery preacher pointing his finger at you, shaking his Bible, and uttering the words of James 4:8. Even the... Continue Reading →

Fear Not

“You whom I took from the ends of the earth, and called from its farthest corners, saying to you, "You are my servant, I have chosen you and not cast you off"; fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you,... Continue Reading →

Light

"Again Jesus spoke to them, saying, "I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life" (John 8:12 ESV). My family has made the trip into the depths of the Crystal Cave in western Wisconsin several times. It's a place of wonder, with... Continue Reading →

Upheld By The Lord

“If the Lord had not been my help, my soul would soon have lived in the land of silence. When I thought, "My foot slips," your steadfast love, O Lord, held me up. When the cares of my heart are many, your consolations cheer my soul”(‭‭Psalms‬ ‭94:17-19‬ ‭ESV‬‬ emphasis mine). As disciples, Jesus followers, we... Continue Reading →

Suffering and Sovereignty

“As he passed by, he saw a man blind from birth. And his disciples asked him, "Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he was born blind?" Jesus answered, "It was not that this man sinned, or his parents, but that the works of God might be displayed in him” (‭‭John‬ ‭9:1-3‬ ‭ESV‬‬).... Continue Reading →

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