This is the invitation of Christmas! Christmas is the invitation to not be afraid; it’s the invitation to trust; it’s the invitation to live!
the more years I spend on this planet, the more likely I am to err on the side of grace rather than judgment. We all walk a tightrope of indecision sometimes, and if I am going to make a mistake – which is likely – then I would rather err on the side of grace.
much of modern Christianity has moved backwards, into a lightly Christianized religiosity that has little to do with the invitational, “the world will know you are my followers by the way you love one another,” reconciliation-oriented mission of Jesus.
I am a Pilgrim in Progress: I want this morning’s post to stand (without any arm-twisting or guilt or leverage) as a persuasive invitation to let everything else go for a few hours, to show up at a church in your community, and to simply place yourself/ourselves in the presence of God. For this … Continue Reading Why church is the right place to be even if you can’t imagine being a believer
One day some parents brought their children to Jesus so he could lay his hands on them and pray for them. But the disciples scolded the parents for bothering him. But Jesus said, “Let the children come to me. Don’t stop them! For the Kingdom of Heaven belongs to those who … Continue Reading don’t hinder the little children…
Jesus said to him, “‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind.’ This is the greatest and first commandment. And a second is like it: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ On these two commandments hang … Continue Reading there’s no greater power than the power of our God #VBS
Jesus – “If you only knew the gift God has for you and who you are speaking to, you would ask me, and I would give you living water.” – John 4:10 John’s account of the meeting between Jesus and the “Woman at the Well” is one of my absolute favorite … Continue Reading a spring of living water gushing up (the invitational life)
According to the calendar, it’s May 26 and North Carolina is moving into the summer months. But I have the house wide-open again this morning, Rebekah and I enjoyed breakfast on the deck, and yesterday afternoon, after a few hours of gardening, we sat in the shade, listening to the leaves … Continue Reading moving forward – back to the garden
The next day Jesus decided to go to Galilee. He found Philip and said to him, “Come, follow me.” Philip was from Bethsaida, Andrew and Peter’s hometown. Philip went to look for Nathanael and told him, “We have found the very person Moses and the prophets wrote about! His name … Continue Reading it’s all about relationships #comeandsee
Happy Monday, friends! I’ve got to tell you, I’m almost grieving the end of my travel blog series. I’ve posted 18 Middle-East entries since January 16 and the response has been terrific. Thanks for reading along. Today, however, I’m excited in a different direction. It’s February already, there are just a … Continue Reading Easter Initiative: gaining momentum