It’s hard to genuinely BELIEVE. Sometimes the night is most dark and the trials most deep that they obscure our vision. It’s in such moments that God is most near. We may not see or sense Him, but He is there. It’s the sweaty, relentless duty of our mind to recall and to remember His promises, by faith. Even if you can’t see, He is there.
The steadfast love of God means that we can rest secure in our relationship with God even when we ourselves are not steadfast. Even when our circumstances are unstable. And even when our minds race with anxiety and fear.
In our culture, April 15 is always awful, simply because it’s Tax Day. However, when the church calendar falls like it does today, this “in-between” day can be a day of sober yet joyful reflection. It’s in-between Good Friday and Easter. In addition, for those of us in Blacksburg, Virginia, it is a weekend of remembrance. It’s the 10-year anniversary of the Virginia Tech shootings that killed 32.
A sermon I preached on March 27, 2017 seemed to resonate with many, and I had a lot of comments about it from members and guests. I’ve provided a link to the sermon for listening, but here are some thoughts from the message about how NOT to determine God’s will (and also some thoughts on how TO determine God’s will).
Many Christians don’t have the skills or confidence to have even low-depth spiritual conversations with people of different beliefs. Asking them to invite without a relational foundation—it’s like kissing before the first date. It’s unnatural and awkward for all parties involved. “If you have not taken the time to get to know me, why do you think I’ll go to church with you?” Consider these five reasons to invite someone to your church.
How does U.S. President Donald Trump resemble 6th century BC King Cyrus of Persia? If you want a quick history lesson and an interesting comparison, read on.
Some posts are worth re-writing. A gratitude list never gets old, and it reminds you of simple and precious things.
If you’re new here, you may want to subscribe to my RSS feed. Thanks for visiting! Feel free to leave comments. Your participation enriches the site!The first two attitudes I covered were Assume the Best and Be Gracious. In this last entry of… Continue Reading →