I am filled with such pride in myself when my son’s ball starts to roll into the road and I burst into a full-out sprint and save the day. I like being able to carry almost all of the groceries in the house in one trip just to falsely prove to myself that I could probably, on any given day enter a strong man competition and place.
I enjoy challenging myself with daily tasks to work on my physical strength.
Spaghetti squash is like a naturally grown medicine ball…til I snap back to reality after realizing ball slams with the yellow veggie aren’t ideal.
Being strong makes me feel confidence, control, and power. Those are good feelings. You know what I don’t like though?
I don’t like the inability to accomplish something in my daily routine because I’m not strong enough physically.
What about the other areas of life? The soul, the mind and the spirit? When I’m weak in those areas it is much the same feeling. I don’t like that feeling of pow...
I want you to take a moment and write down specific parts of the story that stood out to you. It can be anything.
Here are some of the things that stood out to me when reading Joshua 4:
After crossing the Jordan river with the priests standing in the center of the river holding up the ark of the covenant, Joshua appointed 12 men to go back to the middle (where the ark was) and retrieve 12 stones that would be used as a memorial in Gilgal. These stones would signify proof of God’s miracle and also serve as a reminder for future generations.
This miracle signifies three principles about God that the Israelites needed to remember and teach to their children so that they were not forgotten.
In order for the Israelites to cross the waters and collect the 12 stones from the center of the Jordan, the water had to be separated and stay still. This was direct evidenc...
As Mary and Mary walked toward the tomb their intent was to tend to the body of Jesus but what they found instead was beyond their greatest hopes. Instead of being met with opposition from the soldiers as they approached the tomb of Jesus, the ladies were greeted by an angel with the same words that were spoken to the soldiers on the night of Jesus' birth, "Do not be afraid!" Rather then bearing news of the long awaited birth of the Savior, the angel was there to announce that Jesus was no longer in the grave. He had risen from the dead just as He said He would.
When Jesus rose from the dead, He conquered sin and death.
When Jesus came back to life, it also brought to life God's new creation kingdom into this fallen world and one day it will all be restored! (Rev 21:3-4)
"And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, “Behold, the dwelling place[a] of God is with man. He will dwell with them, and they will be his people,[b] and God himsel...
In this passage of scripture we see the continuation of the story after Jesus has passed on the cross. We see that a wealthy man from Arimathea named Joseph went to Pilot to request the body of Christ. This act was one of sheer boldness as this identified Joseph as a follower of Jesus and also indicated that he still thought that Christ was the Messiah. Joseph stood in the gap and played a vital role in truly showing that Christ was the Messiah and that He did raise from the dead. After properly dressing Christ's body, Joseph had a large stone placed at the entrance of the tomb.v. 60
But the question is raised, if Joseph was a follower of Jesus, why didn't he speak up before Christ was crucified? Where was his boldness then? What gave him the boldness now? Joseph took the risk and presented himself before Pilot and requested the body of Jesus. Surprisingly, Pilot granted this request. So Joseph went about the task of properly caring for the deceas...
With Easter just days away, we want to take a few moments to bring you back to the cross to recount what happened leading up to the crucifixion, death, burial, and Resurrection of Jesus. But we don't want the journey to end there. We want to examine how these events in history not only impacted the people in Jesus' time but how it continues to change lives today. Join us over the next four days as we unpack the journey to the cross and beyond.
Read: Mark 15:1-41
When we read Mark 15, we read about Jesus being delivered to Pilot, the people's decision to crucify an innocent man (Jesus), the crucifixion, death of Jesus, and his burial. We read of the mockery, torture, and pain of a perfect and innocent man. The son of God was treated as though He was a criminal. This is not how He deserved to be treated. The people should have been honoring Him as king and falling on their knees in worship. If we look back at Isaiah 11:1-9, we see that Jesus was promised as a Savior. He w...
Sometimes we can see the hand of God in both the big and little things in life but other times it seems absent. It doesn’t necessarily mean He isn’t there because scripture tells us He is Immanuel- God with us- (Isaiah 7:14
So why do we sometimes feel like He is so far away?
Can you think of a time in your life where you stopped and asked God where He went or why He seemed so distant?
Was it a difficult season that you were walking through? or maybe there was a lot of business happening in your life.
Our relationship with God is just like any other relationship. You have to work to get to know the person and either you are growing in that relationship or you are stagnant. It doesn’t magically turn into a deep and meaningful relationship all on its own.
Now think about a current or past relationship that meant a lot to you. What made it so special? Was it something you went through together or was it just a superficial ‘all is good but we don’t really talk about hard stuff’ relationship? No!
The word together almost provides a sense of security, of belonging.
It’s a nice word. It rolls off the tongue. I could even say that it provides me with warm feelings.
In theory, together is easy. I’ll help you, you’ll help me. On your bad days I’ll lift you up and on my bad days you’ll be beside me as well. We’ll stand up for one another when the time comes and defend one another if enemies show up. Together, we can do more, build more, achieve more.
It’s like we should be neighbors to one another. Kind. Loving. Enthusiastically focused on caring for and supporting one another.
I think Mr. Rogers was onto something.
In today’s society, I think we’ve forgotten what together really means. We will stand beside one another due to a lack of options rather than out of support for each other. We can’t help but be on the same list. Whether it’s a twitter list or a hashtag category. All of us, in rows. Shoulder to shoulder. Screen name after screen name.
I want to take a moment to talk about how we can take a good thing, such as caring for our bodies through exercise and becoming healthy, and make it a sin. This is really a matter of the heart. We can take good things given by God and make them sinful. For example, the enjoyment of God given rest is not evil, but it can become the sin of laziness. The enjoyment of proper self-respect can become the sin of pride… In this same manner, we can take the gift of exercise or making healthful choices and make it an idol.
When this happens, it isn’t a sin that just develops overnight. It may even start as a legitimate love that has proper placement and is God-rooted but can quickly be turned into an idol if we are not careful. This happens when our desire that was rooted in Christ ceases to exalt Him.
When I use the term idol, I do not mean a carved image that you worship, but rather anything in your life that you love more than God. Anything you desire more than God. Anything you treasure more t...
The beginning of a new year can definitely be great motivation to start some new habits and patterns in your life, but do you often feel that the resolutions that you set for yourself don’t come to fruition? Maybe you started out last year with a goal to stay healthy and move more. This is a great goal to have, but did you follow through with your goal or did you end up lacking motivation and giving up? I encourage you to look at resolutions or goals for the New Year in a differing perspective. Rather than trying to set resolutions or goals for yourself to accomplish in the next year, why not make a goal to glorify God in everything that you do? This may sound easy, but believe me it is hard. The Bible states in Colossians 3:17:
“And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.”
Take a minute and let this sink in. Do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus… EVERYTHING…EVERYTHING?!? This means I am to take car...
Take the next 10-11 minutes and watch the following video of John Piper reading his poem The Innkeeper or if you would rather read the poem aloud to your family, you can find the link >>HERE<<
I pray that as we come so close to Christmas that you are each able to take time out with your families to read and remember why we truly celebrate Christmas. May this poem place a stirring into your heart and show you how much has been sacrificed so that you can accept the free gift of eternal life through Jesus Christ.