Once, in a chapel lesson, a young ministry student stood up to present his lesson; the topic for the day was “Humility.” After discussing the value of such within the life of the Christian, the young preacher ended by stating, “Humility is so important for a Christian. I should know—no one is humbler than me!” […]Read More Boast in Your Hope
First of all, then, I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for all people, for kings and all who are in high positions, that we may lead a peaceful and quiet life, godly and dignified in every way. This is good, and it is pleasing in the sight of God our Savior, […]Read More God is a Missionary
I remember as a child I once heard the mother of a close friend describe a difficult situation they were enduring as, “discipline from the Lord.” This struck me as odd. Up to that point, I hadn’t considered how the Lord may actually use difficult circumstances in our life to “discipline us.” For me, the […]Read More The Lord Who Leaves a Blessing
In preparing for my sermon this past Sunday, I ran across a quote from Kyle Snodgrass in his book Who God Says You Are:“Conversion is an autobiographical revision.” I like that. Wouldn’t it be nice to rewrite the past? What if we could take our most embarrassing moments and reframe them? In the revision, that […]Read More How Can I Get Over the Past?
From the beginning of scripture, we begin to recognize a unique characteristic of God: He makes and keeps promises. Early on, these promises are known as “Covenants” in which God enters into an agreement with humanity. For example, he promised Noah post-flood that he would not bring that form of judgment on the earth again […]Read More Why God’s Promises Matter to God’s People
One of my favorite Old Testament characters is my namesake: Jacob. For many years that wasn’t the case. To me, Jacob was a rascal, a coward, and a liar. It didn’t make sense why God chose to use him to continue the Abrahamic promise—He was a far shot from Abraham! Yet God chose him before […]Read More The God At The End Of The Road
The sweetest song ever heard, the softest fluttering of the speckled bird, flower petals, beauty of light’s display, the slow awakening of a dew drenched day tender touch of divine display forever new The crying of a newborn child, the mother’s hush, gentle and mild A father’s laugh and firm embrace of giggles and […]Read More Wonder