Need a little refreshing today? DO THIS

If you really believe what you say you believe about Jesus, then live it like this; and when you do, you’ll find yourself refreshed— “So if there is any encouragement in Christ, any comfort from love, any participation in the Spirit, any affection and sympathy, complete my joy by being of the same mind, havingContinue reading “Need a little refreshing today? DO THIS”

Are you walking in fear or faith?

When Christians lose hope, it’s a sign to the lost world that we don’t really believe what we say we believe. (See Phil 1:28-29) People who have lost hope are driven by fear. But what does fear look like in the day to day? It’s not that we often see fellow Christians running around screamingContinue reading “Are you walking in fear or faith?”

How can we find CALM in our CRAZY WORLD?

The Apostle Paul has just written those famous words, “To live is Christ, and to die is gain.” (Phil 1:21) He goes to say, he wasn’t sure which he would choose. He knew being with Christ would be far better, but he also knew serving out his purpose on earth, shepherding the flock, would reapContinue reading “How can we find CALM in our CRAZY WORLD?”

But how can I say, “It is well with my soul”?

If today, you had the choice to live or to die, what would you choose? I have to be honest with my recent heart diagnosis, I have thought a lot about dying. Am I ready to die? Have I done all I should? Have I equipped my kids to be here without me? What willContinue reading “But how can I say, “It is well with my soul”?”

Things to remember when “this” is hard and you long for victory.

What’s your “this”? As Paul famously sat imprisoned for the faith, he knew “this” would turn out for his deliverance through prayer and the supply of the Spirit of Jesus Christ (Phil 1:19). He needed prayer and he needed the Holy Spirit to earnestly hope he wouldn’t be ashamed, but that Christ would be magnifiedContinue reading “Things to remember when “this” is hard and you long for victory.”

Should we judge the motives of others?

Not everyone who preaches Christ does so with pure motives or a pure heart. Some do so out of selfish ambition, not out of love, some even to add to afflictions of those who do preach with sincerity. But Paul says, basically, “so what?!” He will still rejoice because Christ is preached. (read Phil 1:15-18)Continue reading “Should we judge the motives of others?”

Let’s hold that up to some sunlight and share what we see!

It’s very likely the Apostle Paul would find himself in trouble in our culture as he did in his. Given the opportunity to stand for truth or remain safely accepted by this world, Paul chose to be a truth-teller. He probably would have had his Twitter suspended and his ministry page on Facebook restricted ifContinue reading “Let’s hold that up to some sunlight and share what we see!”

Love, but love with eternal purpose

We are to love others, but we aren’t called to willy-nilly love everything about everyone and everything they do. We aren’t called to love the SIN of others, nor simply ignore it and act like it never exists. As I turn again to Philippians, Paul prayed for those reading his words (that’s us), for ourContinue reading “Love, but love with eternal purpose”