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Corrupting Talk

March 17, 2014 It was true that the person had been wronged, but the situation still did not feel right. There we were in a group of ministry leaders. All had suffered because of opposition from ministry coworkers or supervisors (some of them pastors), and each wanted to tell his or her story. The conversation … Continued

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Demon Battles

March 10, 2014 This week I was thinking about spiritual warfare with demons. I read an article about a missionary whose family experienced demonic oppression - and it gave me the willies. I later saw an ad for a movie about paranormal activity - and I shuddered inside. I'm afraid of that kind of conflict … Continued

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Contentment—Finding Full Satisfaction

March 3, 2014 “You get what you want, but it is never enough.” I know I have said it more than once, as I addressed a vexing tendency in our children. They are eager to get something (toy, airsoft gun, electronic game – the list seems endless). After frequent requests, they finally receive what they … Continued

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Worthwhile Endeavors

February 24, 2014 Back in June I was thinking about the challenges of the day and how to persuade others (I can’t bring myself to say “manipulate,” though that might be closer to the truth) to do what I want them to do so that it makes my life easier and “successful.” Then, I read … Continued

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Running from Inadequacy

February 17, 2014 How do you respond when you feel inadequate? In May 2013, Mike Kennison preached a sermon on 1 Cor. 4. His explanation and application challenged me in specific ways. He mentioned that a common response in dealing with inadequacy is to flee. I encounter a tough problem at work, and I procrastinate. … Continued

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Am I Weird Enough?

February 10, 2014 Thoughts based on a sermon by Brian Habig (6/23/13) on Joshua 6 – The Fall of Jericho The battle plan that God gave to Joshua in Joshua 6:1-5 defies human convention: march once a day for six days with only the noise of rams’ horns – blown by priests rather than armed … Continued

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Labor On! – Your work is not in vain

February 3, 2014 Mondays can be tough. Though the predictability of a schedule gives security, the daily grind can make you wonder if the work you do means anything. In a sermon on the parable of the laborers (Mt 20)[1], Bryan Chapell notes that the gospel releases believers from the bondage of idleness (i.e., uselessness). … Continued

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Sober Living

January 26, 2014 I don’t drink much, and I don’t abuse drugs, but I’m not so good at sober living. A sober life spends the day secure in faith, love, and hope, mindful that the Lord Jesus Christ has rescued me from the wrath of God (1 Thessalonians 5:8-9). Instead, what I experience is a … Continued

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Is My Arm Too Short?

January 20, 2014 It was a Monday, and it was one of those days. There were no big issues over the weekend, yet for some reason, Monday was filled with an overwhelming sense of inadequacy: How will I get everything done? I have no idea what I am doing. I know I will mess things … Continued

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Prayer to a Father

January 13, 2014 “Pray then like this: Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name.” (Mt 6:9 ESV) “All true prayer begins with the spirit of adoption.” (Charles Spurgeon) I know I don’t pray enough. In my mind I believe (that is, I know) the doctrine – prayer is a means of grace, through which … Continued