Several that I've talked to recently don't have a problem with being holy as much as they do with striving for holiness. Why? Well because striving usually requires effort and many people are so tired. What makes everyone tired? If I can sum it up in one word it would be . . .
In a world that wants instantaneous happiness there's a little bit of irony that this theme comes in two blog posts, right? In fact we've probably come to understand that being truly happen doesn't have a 5, 7, or 12 step plan. Rather it's the blessing that comes from living a life that is completely surrendered to Christ. He's shown us what that looks like in . . .
Do you remember that time you were truly happy? Hmmm . . . well that would depend on your definition of happiness, right? If we’re talking about fleeting bursts of energy when we accomplished much, or an emotional surge when a victory is experienced, then yes we can probably come up with some moments in our lives when . . .
Could it be that we sometimes wander into the area of becoming spiritual hoarders? There are piles of objects, bundles of activities, clusters of people, or stacks of positions that we allow to clutter our heart's house so that we can no longer sense the presence of a holy God. He has something to say about our habit and He stated it very clearly in . . .
My experience with lukewarm coffee makes me cringe when I think of how the Lord must have felt about the church at Laodicea. It seems that within that body of believers had crept a comfortable self reliance that had brought the temperature of these folks to a degree of absolute uselessness. These guys had become so tepid that they didn’t even realize their true need for a . . .
My dad tells the story of when my younger brother, Tim, woke him up one night. Dad was lying on his side toward the edge of the bed. Something caused him to open his eyes where he saw that Tim was just standing there, a foot from his face, looking at him. I know. The stuff you would see in a horror flick. Tim said, “Daddy. What are we gonna do now?” Dad crawled out of bed and said, “We’re going back to bed!”
Tim is a lot like us when it comes to sitting at the feet of Jesus . . .
Pollution is offensive! Whether it be trash left on a scenic waterway or the air in Zabol, Iran which is the world’s most polluted city. Personally, I am offended when I see bags of trash or discarded furniture and appliances dumped along an otherwise beautiful country backroad.
We find occasions in God’s Word where he is offended . . .
You’ve just heard a word of the Lord through your pastor that he/you/we are all in need of revival in our hearts (In case you haven’t heard this call to revival, listen here). Now what? Throughout Scripture when a call to revival was issued there was always a response but revival was not always realized. Why? It was because of what type of response was given.