This week we are starting the study of the book of Philippians. The author is Paul and he wrote this letter to show us how to live our lives as Christians and reflect Christ in our words and actions. The format of our reading plan is a little different. The book of Philippians has four … Continue reading Dear Philippi
This week we can see through Paul’s journey what it means when God is with us and the Holy Spirit guides us. It certainly does not mean that our life is all rainbows and butterflies. Despite many challenges and much physical harm, Paul stood boldly in the truth of Christ. Monday March 15, Acts 21:27-36 … Continue reading Who Do You Reflect?
I think Acts 19:15 is one of the most interesting verses in the Bible. As someone, who was trying to invoke Paul's ability to perform miracles, makes an attempt to cast out a demon, the demon comes back with the ultimate "put you in your place." The demon says, "yeah, I know Jesus and I've … Continue reading You Can’t Fool a Demon
Like any good startup, the early apostles were constantly having to figure things out, bob and weave, shift to make things work. I'm particularly amazed by their reaction in our Friday reading. A group said, "hey, you're missing the mark". They didn't get defensive. They didn't point out the flaws in their accusers. They fixed … Continue reading Like Any Good Startup
Who is the greatest leader you've ever followed? Why did you choose that person? Nehemiah was pretty great. He was unafraid to call people out, but he led with his actions as well as his words. He was consistent and he was faithful. Each of us has a position of leadership - even if just … Continue reading Learning From a Great Leader
Though notably disturbing, Psalm 137 is quite relatable. No, not verse 9, but the sentiment behind longing for what used to be. The Israelites had been in exile, where they stayed for 70 years. They missed their homes, their traditions, and their regular way of life. For us it hasn't even been 7 months and … Continue reading Longing for Normalcy
http://www.hilariousgifs.com/father-teaching-his-son-a-valuable-life-lesson/ Wednesday's psalm is one that resonates with me...unfortunately. It reminds us how easy it is to trust in things we can see and touch more than we trust in God. I'm ashamed to admit how often I find myself doing that. When faced with a tough decision I will ask a friend, read a … Continue reading Who can you trust?
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q5m09rqOoxE There are so many ways to praise God, the important thing is simply that we do it. If you don't like the video above, find a different song or video you like and take a few minutes to praise our God who is worthy of all our thanks and praise. July 13: Psalm 92 … Continue reading We Were Made to Praise
This week we have several psalms that focus on the cause and effect of our relationship with God. God, you did _________ so I'm going to praise you. This is something I've been working on for a while with my two year old and it's an easy thing to start with your kids too. Georgia … Continue reading “Thank You” Like David, not Dido
All but one of this week’s Psalms specifically say they were written by David. And, in this week of Psalms we will see a wide range of thoughts and feelings. David wants his enemies to get what’s coming to them but he also encourages all faithful people to praise God regularly. David pleas for God … Continue reading The Highs and Lows of David