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You have probably heard the argument from a co-worker or friend that the Bible is simply an ancient piece of literature that holds little to no water in the twenty-first century. Fortunately, that could not be further from the truth.
I recently went on a 30 mile bike ride… no joke, 30 miles! I’m not a biker, I’m a runner, so 30 miles seemed like it was an eternal challenge. It was exhausting, painful and after every mile I felt like turning around and calling it quits. There was no way I could handle another mile. Physically my body was giving up, but mentally I couldn’t let myself quit. It was a challenge, and I had to stand up to it.
Do you have a kindness problem? Maybe you just need to take out the trash…
I’m not sure if anyone I know would describe life as “easy” or being a “cake walk,” and in light of this, here are some questions to yourself when everything seems to be against you.
As followers of Jesus, we have the perfect guide. His plan was never to come to Earth, die on a cross, and leave us to be. He has a direction, plan, and purpose for each and every person, and by seeking the advice and counsel from these five places, I believe we can be more confident that we are in line with God’s plan for our lives.
When I was younger I loved to watch shows on Animal Planet, Discovery Channel, and National Geographic. I would sit in front of the TV for hours, immersed in these worlds that I had never experienced before. Out of all the shows that I watched, one guy always stood out to me — The Crocodile Hunter.
I loved the recent Disney movie, Cinderella. In it, there is a scene where Cinderella’s mother is on her death bed giving some great advice to her daughter, and it has taught me a lot about how I should be living.
How much do you really know about the Bible? Maybe you have read bits and pieces of the Bible, but you never understood it as a whole. As a follower of Jesus, I believe that the Bible is the inspired, true word of God… then why is it so boring sometimes?
The music you would probably call “screamo” has taught me about God in big ways, and is causing me to ask some pretty tough questions.
Spiritual Formation. That’s what I have a degree in. Yes, it’s a real thing, but don’t feel bad for being confused, even today I am sometimes too.
Whether warming our hearts or getting on our last nerve, kids are with us. They can bring us incredible joy and also make us incredibly frustrated. They delight and disappoint in equal measure.
Overwhelmed. Stressed. Tired. Anxious. Nervous. Helpless. This is how I woke up feeling this morning about the day that lay ahead. How do you deal with life when it all feels like too much?
For most of us life presents an ongoing series of problems. You can solve one only to find another has sprung up like a dandelion when you weren’t looking. Perhaps there is something we need other than the solution to all our problems.
Our minds can be a cluttered mess of ideas, anxieties, memories, to-do lists and useless trivia. Very rarely does a person have complete clarity in their thought processes because our brains can move so fast and process so much information, and this affects our prayer lives in big ways.
It’s so easy to respond to a request for prayer with, “I’ll pray”, but recently I’ve taken the verbal prayer a step further, and type it while I’m praying. It really seems to center my thoughts on the request and the person I’m praying for.
Jesus needs no water pot. He needs no well. He needs no mountain. He looks beyond ALL the social, cultural, political, religious, or other stigma that keep people from accessing God and says, “Give ME to drink.” All he needs is a vessel willing to accept his offer.
Paul was inclusive to all who would hear what he said. He didn’t hide anything from them that could help them connect to God. He was all in and he invited others to do the same.
Since I was just a kid, I have always been a huge Disney fan, and when my son compared it to a cheeseburger… it taught me a lot about heaven.
I don’t know about you, but I love camping. I love getting outdoors and “roughing it” for a few days. We love preparing meals over a campfire after a long day of bike riding or canoeing, and if the weather is not too hot… it’s pretty much heaven.
Just like eBay, Jesus provides us with a convenient “Buy It Now” option. All we have to do is click it.
If I really enjoy a book you can bet your bottom dollar that I am going to read it again at some point. Right now I am re-reading a novel that I read last year because every time I go back to one this world I feel more immersed and at home.