15 For we do not have a high priest who is unable to empathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who has been tempted in every way, just as we are—yet he did not sin. 16 Let us then approach God’s throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need. Hebrews 4:15-16 Whatever … Continue reading Isolation Through Temptation
I have finished the work which You have given Me to do. JOHN 17:4 There is a work God has for us to do but it will not be complete without the surrendering of our will. As Jesus Himself prayed, “your will be done”, so must we. The will must be willfully surrendered to God along with the death of self-interest. Be careful of making … Continue reading Death to self-will
AWAKENING FAITH This sermon was preached at New Vision Church, where I serve as the mission and creative arts pastor. Please feel free to share thoughts or comments below. Continue reading Sermon: Faith Awakens
Getting There! I can’t always see what God is doing…oh how I wish I could! Faith materializes things unseen but perseverance gets me there. At times it’s like grasping for air or vapor as James puts it but life cannot be grasped, only experienced. I cannot hold onto life but I can experience it by letting it go. God has intentions well beyond my scope … Continue reading Devotionals For Leaders: Hold On!
And not many days later, the younger son gathered everything together…Luke 15:13 Making plans? So how was it knowing that he would be the one leaving the household? It would take his dad a little while to collect the money because things are usually sold after one dies, not before, to distribute the inheritance. I’m wondering what life was like for the son while he … Continue reading Observations Of A Prodigal #2
The younger of them said to his father, ‘Father, give me the share of the estate that falls to me.’ Luke 15:12 Many of us would never think to just go to our dads and demand from them our share of the inheritance. I mean, inheritance is simply an after death issue. When I read the story of the prodigal, I see a couple of … Continue reading Observations Of A Prodigal #1
16 You did not choose Me, but I chose you. I appointed you that you should go out and produce fruit and that your fruit should remain… John 15:16 Jesus is the One who does the picking. God’s plan and agenda will win out. Our goal is to simply live God’s plan where we are. Far too often we think that somewhere else is better. That … Continue reading Devotionals For Leaders: Choose Fruit