When Christianity becomes about us, our comfort, our wishes, our desires - it ceases to be about Jesus.
I have been reading a book recently, Foundations for Spiritual Formation: A Community Approach to Becoming Like Christ. It has been an impressive read for an academic book. It is all about how community, your spiritual community, plays a vital role in your spiritual formation and the various ways they do so. The idea of community [...]
Is that even grammatically correct? Independence or in dependence? No. It's not. I hope it grabbed your attention, however, because the use of poor grammar is for a point. And here it is: Are you living your life with independence, or are you living in dependence on God? We value independence in our culture. We all [...]
So I sent messengers to them, saying, "I am doing a great work and I cannot come down. Why should the work stop while I leave it and come down to you?" ~ Nehemiah 6:3 We all have a place in God's kingdom work. A place that only we can fill. It's [...]
I have been focusing on prayer lately. It is a topic often overlooked. When prayer is mentioned our minds fly to being thankful for a meal or bedtime tuck-in. I guess those count, but I am talking about serious, soul-searching, heavy praying. The kind you wake up early or stay up late to do. The [...]
But immediately Jesus spoke to them, saying, "Take courage, it is I; do not be afraid." Peter said to Him, "Lord, if it is You, command me to come to You on the water." And He said, "Come!" And Peter got out of the boat, and walked on the water and came toward Jesus. ~ [...]
I am always amazed at how God can orchestrate things in life. Divine intervention I call it. We, people, work so hard at making things happen. We focus on doing. In truth, when we focus on doing, we overlook being. We have put the cart in front of the horse. We need to be less [...]