I can be overwhelmed by a sense of injustice, but the Lord will keep me if I let him. Then I realized that my heart was bitter, and I was all torn up inside. I was so foolish and ignorant— I must have seemed like a senseless animal to you. Psalm 73v21-22 When I become … Continue reading Facing Anger with God
What’s fair? I want life to deal me a set of cards within the expected range of probability. When life fails, I call it unfair. Do everything without grumbling or arguing, so that you may become blameless and pure, “children of God without fault in a warped and crooked generation.” Philippians 2v14-15 When I grumble … Continue reading Fair?
There are times God seems to put me on the spot. God can do anything but am I hearing him right? Is this the Lord or my wild imagination? Jesus called his disciples and told them, “I feel sorry for these people. They have been here with me for three days, … I don’t want … Continue reading Disciples on the spot
When I am weak, and empty do I say it’s impossible or go to Jesus? When Jesus heard what had happened, he withdrew by boat privately … Hearing of this, the crowds followed him on foot from the towns. … Jesus … had compassion on them … Matthew 14v13-14 Jesus hears of his cousin’s execution … Continue reading
Jesus’ gift of grace is amazing. Can we follow his example? So now there is no condemnation for those who belong to Christ Jesus. Romans 8v1 Jesus does not condemn his brothers. Can we follow his lead and be gracious to the broken people around us? Even ourselves? And because you belong to him, the … Continue reading God change
We can be confident in the face of anything! Therefore, since we have been made right in God’s sight by faith, we have peace with God. Romans 5v1 When I review past failures, I can feal overwhelming remorse. Yet, Jesus already dealt with it. Through forgiveness I am restored to peace. We can rejoice, too, … Continue reading The cost of confidence
One of Jesus’ most perplexing statements is ‘Blessed are the meek for they will inherit the earth.’ (Matt 5v5) The way the world works seems to negate Jesus’ message. The repeating themes of Psalm 68 gives a perspective of how God works it out. The Lord’s is drawing people to Mt Zion, his dwelling place. … Continue reading Blessed are the meek
God desires us to have a Jesus life of completeness. You … are complete through your union with Christ. Colossians 2v10 That life is not gained through learning techniques and belief systems, but union with Jesus. How is that union developed? Let your roots grow down into him, and let your lives be built on … Continue reading Desire completeness?
What happens when I know that I cannot trust those wanting my support? Do not be yoked together with unbelievers. For what do righteousness and wickedness have in common? 2 Corinthians 6v14 When wickedness is taking over it is hard to align with anyone. I might vote for the least bad option, but I cannot … Continue reading Foundations destroyed?
In our world where message is king and lies are everywhere the aroma of Christ has a unique effect. It asks, What effect do we have among people, just by our presence, our lives, our conversation? What does it mean to be the aroma of Christ? We are to God the pleasing aroma of Christ … Continue reading Content of an aroma?