Feb 25, 2015

A New Level of Integrity with God

Genesis 17:1-2
In the opening verses of Genesis chapter seventeen, God extends to Abraham a stunning offer of redemption: to restore lost intimacy, integrity, and influence. Yesterday, we talked about how God invited Abraham to a new life of intimacy. God also invites Abraham to a new life of integrity. God says...Read more +
Feb 24, 2015

A New Level of Intimacy with God

Genesis 17:1-2
What will God do about his broken Humpty Dumpty world? The good news is that God decides to redeem rather than obliterate his disfigured and disintegrated creation masterpiece. God sets out a plan to preserve a remnant and redeem his broken world. God extends grace to a man named Noah...Read more +
Feb 23, 2015

The Life We Long to Live

Genesis 3:8-13
As a young boy, I remember my mom introducing me to an egg-shaped character by the strange name of Humpty Dumpty. The words of this popular nursery rhyme still echo through my mind. “Humpty Dumpty sat on a wall, Humpty Dumpty had a great fall. All the king’s horses and...Read more +
Feb 22, 2015

The Price of Risk and Reward

Matthew 4:18-22
As a wide-eyed 20-year-old new believer, I was ready to conquer the world. I was also a young woman on the verge of becoming a young professional. Because of this, during a conference I attended, I listened attentively to Luci Swindoll, an incredibly wise Christian woman. Luci’s resume is noteworthy...Read more +
Feb 21, 2015

An Imperishable Inheritance

1 Corinthians 15:50-58
At the beginning of this week, we reviewed 1 Corinthians 7:17 and 24, in which Paul instructed the Corinthian parishioners to “lead the life that the Lord has assigned to him,” and to “remain in the situation God called him to.” Paul, it seems, was encouraging the members of the...Read more +
Feb 20, 2015

Where Am I Supposed to Be?

Matthew 6:12
Jesus teaches us to pray, “Give us this day our daily bread” because life is a fundamentally physical experience. Then Jesus teaches us to pray, “And forgive us our debts … ” because life is also a profoundly moral experience. We are hungry for bread, and we should be just...Read more +
Feb 19, 2015

Three Things You Need to Know

Matthew 6:11
I once learned that when writing it can be helpful to put the subject in the middle of a circle and then use your imagination to walk around the subject, viewing it from other angles while writing down whatever ideas comes to mind, like rays of light coming from the...Read more +
Feb 18, 2015

Needy or Greedy? Knowing When Enough Is...

Matthew 6:11
The focus of the first half of the Lord’s Prayer is on our life with God. But then Jesus teaches us to pray, “Give us this day our daily bread,” shifting from theological concerns to physical and social concerns. He invites us to face both our need and our greed...Read more +
Feb 17, 2015

What Will Heaven Be Like?

Matthew 6:10
When Jesus speaks of God’s will being done both on earth and in heaven, it makes me wonder what heaven will be like. It is certainly true that for all its beauty, this world is a flawed and dangerous place that is under constant assault from earthquakes, tsunamis, volcanoes, hurricanes,...Read more +
Feb 16, 2015

How to Fly without Leaving the Ground

Matthew 6:10
By reputation, heaven is a pretty fantastic place. Not the sort of place where after a day or two you’ll find yourself yawning. Heaven has to be the kind of place you’ll love to be, well, forever. And since heaven’s so great, it’s very encouraging to hear Jesus say that...Read more +