So what are the key ingredients to a 2018 that’s rich and flavorful? Jesus is the foundational essence. Following Jesus must be our plan. Then it’s a matter of building from there, always rooted in Christ, always committed to growing, and learning, and serving in his name.
I am convinced that were created to engage life with more zest, more applied creativity, and more unrestrained joy than we typically allow ourselves to experience. Sometimes we need more than our manageable version of salvation – what we need is transformation…
Four images for the weekend. Any way you add this up it’s obvious that I am blessed far beyond my understanding. I really do have so much to be grateful for… and I am
A family doesn’t have to be homeless to be hungry. And – equally important to understand – a family, or a church, doesn’t have to be rich to help.
We can push the religion side of things hard, but unless we are really living for Jesus, filled with the Spirit, trusting in God, we present something that is harsh, bland, and unappetizing.
I know that there is nothing better for people than to be happy and to do good while they live. That
The eyes of all look to you, and you give them their food in due season. You open your hand,
worship was – once again – a joyful explosion of light and love.
It’s too easy to become complacent and remain wedded to “the way we’ve always experienced/done/understood…” But God’s love is not only new every morning, it’s radically transformative. We too readily resist God’s ongoing work in and through us.
We lose our bearings when we attempt to satisfy ourselves with what is counterfeit, false, and fundamentally unsatisfying. Here in the west we’re trained in excess, instructed to consume more, and misled by advertising designed to facilitate profit to the extent that we double down on the “more is better” philosophy. In consequence, we load up on what cannot satisfy, hoping that sheer volume will make the difference. But it never will.