We welcome people because they are made in the image of God and for relationship with Him. This is why Jesus welcomed sinners (both the irreligious kind and the religious kind) to invite them into the grandest welcome of all--the welcome into right relationship with God through Jesus!
Prodigal. The word conjures up images of a bedraggled runaway, eyes hardened in bitter rebellion. The lost one. Maybe bruised and beaten up by life, certainly by his own bad choices. Prodigal, as in the prodigal son. Yet a quick look at Merriam-Webster gives a different perspective. Webster defines prodigal as “characterized by profuse expenditure.” … Continue reading Reckless Extravagance
God tells the prophet Jeremiah, "You will seek me and find me, when you seek me with all your heart (Jer. 29:13)." God doesn't say "you will find part of me."
Scripture notes that the fear of the Lord is the beginning of discernment (Proverbs 9:10). Ignoring this is the first step on the road to foolish. This means that as a parent I need to practice a growing reverence and submission to God. I need to teach it and create experiences that might facilitate it in my family.
My world exploded when I realized that learning is not just about “information dump” or accumulation of content. Learning is an all of life sort of thing that involves the whole person. It has to do with formation; social, emotional, moral, and yes intellectual formation.
I learned a lesson from those farm experiences: It's possible to appear alive but really be dead.
Amidst the crowds and all the attractions, I was reminded of something. All of the things that could be distractions tend to fall away when you're intently focused on one thing.
It got me to thinking. We all have a "breakdown limit." It's the point where we're overloaded, can't handle another thing, and are about to explode. It shouldn't surprise us. We were never created to handle it all on our own.
Instead of telling people life with Christ will be a "piece of cake." Let's tell them the truth. Life with Christ will involve tribulation and suffering. It likely won't get better and could very well seem to get worse. And Jesus is better still! Jesus is better than the best this world has to offer. He is worth "losing" to gain His life (Philippians 3:8).
May we never forget that our doing all we do for God's glory also means not doing a great many other things because they detract from the "all" we are called to do! To put it another way, may we know when to run.