In Revelation 19:1 – 9 we see that when Jesus returns there is a great celebration. All of the saints from all generations gather together to worship Jesus for who he is and what he has done. This grand celebration includes moments of joy-filled worship from a triumphant church that culminates with the marriage supper of the Lamb, where there is eating and drinking and perhaps even a little dancing. … More A Time of Celebration
Our sin is great, and it has grave consequences. Sin distances us from God. It brings guilt and shame. It damages relationships, steals joy, mars goodness, disfigures beauty and destroys life. In other words, sin leads to death.
So consider for just a moment all that is wrong in this world. Here is a short list to get you started: poverty, broken families, human trafficking, violence, racism, abuse, loneliness, addiction and inequality. These things exist because sin exists. … More Immeasurably More
Years ago a psychologist named Viktor Frankl went toe to toe with Sigmund Freud.
Freud was teaching that what we wanted most in life was pleasure. But Frankl believed we weren’t seeking pleasure. What we wanted was a deep sense of meaning. In fact, Frankl went on to write: “When a person can’t find a deep sense of meaning, they distract themselves with pleasure.”
Because of this conviction, Frankl devoted his life to understanding the mystery of meaning and he discovered that we find meaning in life when we are connected to people in safe, intimate and growing relationships. … More Say Yes to People
As a pastor, I often get a front row seat to the brokenness in this world because typically no one calls their pastor to talk about how great life is going. Instead, pastors get called when someone is sick or dying or when a couple is struggling to make it or when the loneliness become unbearable. In other words, people call pastors when they come face to face with the reality that life is hard and suffering is real.
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God patiently listened to Moses’ objections, and then directed his attention to the simplest thing imaginable – the staff in his hand. Moses had probably carried this staff for years. It was most certainly dead and dry; just a piece of worthless wood. But when Moses obeyed God’s command to throw it on the ground, the staff became a serpent. … More A Lifeless Piece of Wood
Jesus is self-existent. He is light and life. This means that unlike everything else, he is uncreated. He has no origin. He did not begin to be. He has always been and his being has always been complete. … More Jesus is Light and Life
Every day we are pitched thousands of products that promise life: Buy this piece of technology and you will have life. Purchase this home and you will have life. Wear this article of clothing and you will have life. Use this product and you will have life. Follow this person on social media and you will have life. … More Jesus is Life
In Matthew 16:13 – 20, Jesus marks Peter. He calls him a rock and tells him that his future will be filled with strength, constancy and stability. Peter is going to be a guy that prevails, even in the face of great evil.
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Jesus is audacious. He said things that were bold and controversial. He claimed to be God. He set himself up as the singular solution to the problems that pervade our planet. He said we are wrong and need to repent from our sin and he said there is no way back to God, except through him. These claims are bold and shocking and eventually they got Jesus killed. … More Jesus Is Audacious
I don’t know about you, but I have this tendency to focus on what I do not have instead of being thankful for all that God has given. And lately, I’ve noticed that my soul struggles and shrinks like a dried up peach when I focus on what I don’t have. … More Finding a Soul that Swells