The shortest distance between two points is a straight line. Although that may hold true for two-dimensional objects, life has taught many of us that you can’t always get where you are going by following a straight line. As we look through the stories in the Bible we find that very rarely do any of the stories in both the Old and New Testament include any straight lines. Sometimes the detours and chaos that ensue are due to sin, disobedience, or the lack of faith—think the Israelites wandering in the wilderness for 40 years for a trip they should have been able to complete in under 40 days— and sometimes there seems to be no easy explanation on why things had to turn out the way that they did. Continue reading
Rarely does a book come along that makes a real and lasting impact in the lives of its readers. This is just what Dr. Jason accomplishes in his book, The Elephant in the Marriage.
Many popular marriage and relationship-building books offer some good tips and inspiration, but in time, it seems that the advice becomes ‘old techniques’. The Elephant in the Marriage however deals with lasting principles of marital relationships, and when applied, undoubtedly the reader will encounter real tools to experience profound and permanent change. Continue reading
“At first laziness and business seem like antonyms, but they are synonyms. If you are too busy to establish boundaries, to establish priorities, you are going to be too busy. Business is a failure to prune your life in a way that you can actually be fruitful.” -Mark Batterson Continue reading
There is a whole lot that happens between “where we are from” and “where we are going” and it is called the Journey of Life. The book of Acts is largely divided into the Journey of Peter and the Journey of Paul, together they describe the Journey of the early church. What can we learn about our Journey as we examine the Journey of Paul following his 3rd Missionary Journey? Continue reading
Would you be ready to go, never to return, so that you could bring light to where there is no light? Around the turn of the 20th Century a group of missionaries known as “One-Way Missionaries” left for the mission field and packed all of their belongings into a coffin and bought one-way tickets knowing that they would never return home. Continue reading
O be careful little eyes what you see
O be careful little eyes what you see
For the Father up above
Is looking down in love
So, be careful little eyes what you see
Many of us remember that believed children’s song that we possibly sang at Vacation Bible School or in Children’s Church growing up. The song goes on to encourage us to be careful what you hear, what your hands do, where your feet go, and so on. It would appear that all too many have not heeded that simple melodic warning. Continue reading
We See, Perceive, and Respond. Continue reading
Experts are predicting as many as 400 pastors, deacons, elders and church staff members may resign this Sunday as part of the fallout from the recent Ashley Madison hack. In his article for Christianity Today, Ed Stetzer gives some advice for those churches affected. His most helpful comments come in the last two sentences…PRAY.
…It was with such confidence that Elisha stepped up to Gehazi and prayed to God “Open his eyes, LORD, so that he may see.” Open his eyes so that he can see as you see, as it truly is, that we are more than conquers, that greater is He who is in us than he who is in the world, Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil; For You are with me; Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me. (Psalm 23:4, NKJV).
“Some times God shows up, Some times God shows off.” -Mark Batterson Continue reading