God’s work of renovation is designed to make us more like Jesus so that we can have a greater positive impact on our world. Ask yourself, “Is there anything about my life that makes being a Christian attractive to the world?” We are to be a sweet smelling aroma not someone carrying around stinking attitudes.… Read the rest
How Do We Co-Operate With God's Work of Renovation is Our Lives?
Firstly, let go of the past. See yesterday's post.
Secondly, deal with what is happening today.
God is more interested in who we are becoming (our character) than what we are doing for him (our achievements).… Read the rest
Nicole and I are currently spending 12 days in Germany while on our way to Russia, where I will speak at three church leaders' conferences (in St Petersburg, Moscow and Novosibirsk). Our day is about over here in the northern hemisphere and we have had a wonderful time touring some of the beautiful southern Germany countryside.… Read the rest
Psalm 139 not only reminds us that (1) God is with us and that (2) we are objects of his affection. It also shows us that we have been crafted for a specific purpose.
Crafted for a Purpose
Vs. 15. You know me inside and out,
You know every bone in my body;
You know exactly how I was made, bit by bit,
How I was sculpted from nothing into something.… Read the rest
Let’s use the word HOPE as an acronym and draw four principles out of the story of Elijah for finding freedom from depression.
Honour Your Body
The first step in dealing with depression is to honour your physical body. Let’s keep reading.… Read the rest
Attitudes toward Depression
Unfortunately, there is a stigma attached to depression, along with a great deal of ignorance and misunderstanding. Some people think that depression is a sign of weakness and that strong people never get depressed. This is simply not true.… Read the rest
Known by Our Love
Jesus’ dream was that his followers would be known by their love (John 13:34-35). Think of all the various qualities Jesus could have told us to be known for – truth, justice, holiness, or righteousness. All of these are very important, yet Jesus’ desire was that LOVE be the mark, the measure, and the goal for his new community – the church.… Read the rest
Jesus calls us to a life of love. Sometimes love has to be tough, especially when there has been a conflict. Arguments and disagreements separate people and create division between friends, families, communities, and even in the church. It takes a great deal of courage, wisdom, and sensitivity to resolve conflicts and restore relationships.… Read the rest
Today we will look at three final spiritual disciplines or exercises:
8. Fasting. In fasting we choose to intentionally go without something for a period of time (usually something pleasurable but not necessarily sinful). It could be food (in a variety of forms) or some other activity (TV, music, etc).… Read the rest
How is Your Race Going?
3. Are You Stopped?
Sometimes we stop because of tragedy. Bad things happen to good people. Pain, hurt and tragedy touch most people’s lives. We don’t always know why. Life tends to ‘freeze frame’ in these moments.… Read the rest
A few thousand years ago, Moses said in Psalm 90:12, “Teach us to number our days aright that we may gain a heart of wisdom (NIV).” “Teach us to make the most of our time that we may grow in wisdom (NLT).… Read the rest
Proverbs 23:4-5. Don’t wear yourself out trying to get rich. Be wise enough to know when to quit. 5 In the blink of an eye wealth disappears, for it will sprout wings and fly away like an eagle.… Read the rest
Hebrews 13:5-6. Don’t love money; be satisfied with what you have. For God has said, “I will never fail you. I will never abandon you.” So we can say with confidence, “The Lord is my helper, so I will have no fear.… Read the rest