The announcement of Jesus' birth wasn't the first announcement of peace. Old Testament prophets, Isaiah and Micah, promised one who would bring peace (Is. 9:6; Micah 5:4). Interestingly enough, none of these claims of peace came at times that would be considered peaceful.
So let's post the sign in our hearts, homes, and church, "Love lives here!" When we do, fear flees!
"As Christians, we are in the midst of war. If we never have any troubles, if we have nothing but peace, we have not been involved in this war in the midst of a generation that has rebelled against God." (Francis A. Shaeffer)
The faithfulness of God is not an ethereal concept that like a mist disappears when you reach out to grab hold of it. It is more like that firm ground upon which one stands solidly even in the darkness when his feet cannot be seen.
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.