Failure is good for you. Think I’m kidding? I’m totally serious. It stings very bitterly at first, and the humiliation lasts for awhile, but the end result is good. I believe a person cannot be truly successful until they have failed at least once in their life. I recently failed at something. I don’t remember failing at something so big …Read More »
Tag Archives: Spiritual Formation
What Does A Life Look Like When Radical Love Takes Hold?
I’ve been thinking a lot about love lately. I wonder: Can the human heart comprehend what it means to really love others well? I know I want to. I want to love as God loves, but too often when confronted with a contentious situation, I’m not proud of my response. I have read and re-read the story of Hosea in recent …Read More »
Start Strong, Stay Strong, Finish Strong
It is the man of God who defied the word of the Lord. The Lord has given him over to the lion, which has mauled him and killed him, as the word of the Lord had warned him. (1 Kings 13:26 NIV) Starting strong sets the pace; finishing strong wins awards. In 1 Kings 13, we find a “man of …Read More »
God’s Compelling Love For You
God’s love. Many people claim it, several more talk about it; but few truly understand it. Paul called it incomprehensible and unfathomable; Job recorded it as unsearchable and limitless. Jeremiah confirmed it is everlasting. John described it as the evidence of being a follower of Christ. Mark reminded us to demonstrate it to God with all our heart, soul, mind, …Read More »
What To Do When Life Burns You
I’ve burned my skin several times this year. Each time was a result of poor judgment and a good dose of stupidity. The first burn happened while I was making soup. The base begins with warming olive oil in a pan with herbs and then adding sausage creating a beautiful aroma. In error, I should’ve thawed the sausage entirely instead …Read More »
When God’s Blessings Are Conditional
We all want favorable blessings in life. But do we wait patiently and meet God’s conditions for them? Throughout many life events and issues, we want or hope for certain outcomes. Some of those include pursuing a promotion, getting a better job, finding a girlfriend/boyfriend or spouse, buying a house or car or making investments in the financial markets. Granted, …Read More »
God Wants To Know: Part 9 – What Will You Do With Jesus?
“What shall I do, then, with Jesus who is called the Messiah?” Pilate asked. (Matthew 27:22) The most important question you will ever answer is, What will you do with Jesus? It is not arbitrary; an answer must always be given. This question comes to everyone to answer of their own free will. Acceptance or rejection. How we answer defines …Read More »
God Wants To Know: Part 8 – Do You Love Me?
Jesus said to Simon Peter, “Simon son of John, do you love me?” (John 21:15) Just before His crucifixion, Jesus spent some final, tender moments with His disciples. He washed their feet and then ate dinner with them during what is known as the Last Supper. In that warm, bonding atmosphere, Jesus told Peter he would soon deny Him. Not …Read More »
You Are Not The Mistakes You’ve Made
You’re heard the proverbial question, “If you could go back in time, what would you tell your younger self?” Our minds flash back to that stupid mistake (or series of mistakes) we made as teenagers. Or we think of the first marriage. Or the second one. Or the third one. We may feel that residual pang of regret, even if …Read More »
God Wants To Know: Part 7 – Do You Want To Get Well?
When Jesus saw him lying there … he asked him, “Do you want to get well?” (John 5:6) Picture yourself walking through a hospital, surrounded by sick, hurting and scared people. Some have been recently admitted; others have been there days, possibly weeks. Now imagine walking up to someone who has been there for 38 years and asking him, “Hey, …Read More »