For those who have trusted Christ, who have drunk deeply of His living water, God has given us the strength to stop sucking down the mud. We are no longer powerless against sin because we have died to sin and are now "alive to God in Christ Jesus" (Rom. 6:11).
What I realized too late was the gift that moment presented. It was the gift of death and life. In that moment, I was offered the opportunity to die to self in order to live in the glorious moment.
I was reminded the other day of a conversation I had with my daughter when she was younger. Out of the blue, she declared, "Dad, when I grow up I'm going to make movies." "Well, that's great! Why do you want to make movies?" I responded. "I think movies can sometimes be boring so I'm going to make them better."
In his book, Smart, Jon Acuff tells of an interaction with his friend Al Andrews in which Andrews asks him, “What do your voices tell you?” Andrews goes on to explain, “Well, I’ve asked thousands of people that question over the years, and I’ve learned something: no one has a positive internal voice. No one’s internal … Continue reading The Voices Inside My Head
How is it that we in the church can so easily miss the Gospel? On any given Sunday, how many people in the church would be able to clearly communicate the Gospel message if asked? Could I clearly communicate it?
We all experience death in different ways. Maybe not sinking into the depths of an ocean but into the depths of addiction. God can deliver! Maybe not the loss of a life jacket but the loss of a relationship. God can deliver!
Rejecting God is always a bad idea for all of us. Worse though would be for us to miss responding to His call of mercy through the storms (hearing hard truths, obstacles meant to keep us from disobedience...). Is God calling you to Himself through the storms?
Jonah. From childhood, I’ve heard the story countless times. So imagine my surprise when I began to read the familiar story only to find my heart captured, clinging to every word like a drowning man grasping a life preserver. Finding truths that I’d long since known yet too easily ignored.
If all of your prayers were answered today, how much would it benefit anyone other than you?
Regular church attendance with a body that values biblical teaching is important, but every one of us needs more that 25 minutes a week to become fully committed followers of Jesus (i.e. have a solid biblical foundation, a sincere and vital faith, and a firm grasp on the practical application of said faith in everyday life).