I hear the words come out of his mouth and it puts me to shame. They are the words of a person of faith. They are the words of a person of deep conviction. They are the words of one who sees the extraordinary power of God in the ordinary plight of everyday life. (more…)
Too often we stage our lives and our churches like a home stager stages a house. Following Jesus is messy but we try to make it look like there is nothing to it. It is tempting to make everything look okay in order to attract people to Jesus. The only problem with this model is, reality will always rear its head no matter how hard we try to make everything look perfect.
“For my thoughts are not your thoughts,
neither are your ways my ways,”
declares the Lord. Isaiah 55:8 (NIV)
It is a feeling deep down in the pit of my stomach. It has been turning for a long time. I have managed to keep it from coming out but I no longer have the energy to fight it. I am not alone. (more…)