Nov 2, 2017

Completing Our Conversion

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The fact that human beings can be converted and changed is a wonderful thing.  Without it there is no hope for individuals or society.   Conversion involves repentance, which is making an about face, turning in a new direction.  Grace enables this.  There is a paradoxical sense in which we keep completing our conversion.  Sometimes

Oct 8, 2017

Don’t Quit

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God did not call us to quit, but to finish, to overcome, to triumph,.  To quit is to fail.  Hang around until the victory parade, when King Jesus leads the overcomers in triumphal procession.  My Dad used to say, “I want to see the end of a Christian life.”  And he did.  That is what

Sep 15, 2017

Love’s Power

By |Sep 15, 2017|Cross, Devotionals, Forgiveness, Love, Patience, Perseverance, Reconciliation, Sin|0 Comments

No power is stronger than the power of love.  Hate is no match.  Love even triumphed over those who tried to crucify it on a cross.  When truly experienced, love can melt a heart of stone, break down walls, cover sins, forgive enemies, and reconcile families.  It is the most powerful tool at a parent’s

Aug 17, 2017

“The Reason”

By |Aug 17, 2017|Devotionals, Endurance, Patience, Perseverance, Suffering|0 Comments

I have heard it more times than I can count, “All things happen for a reason.”  The statement implies that all things in our life are preordered for us by God.  It makes God the cause of evil things, like ordering a dump truck to run over your child or arranging the overdose or suicide

Mar 29, 2017

Prayer And Perseverance 

By |Mar 29, 2017|Devotionals, Endurance, Lent, Patience, Perseverance, Trials|0 Comments

Prayer cannot take the place of endurance and perseverance.  Prayer may enhance both, and is necessary for the journey.  But at some point you have to start walking and enduring, getting through it and getting beyond it.  There are no push button fixes.  No magic pills.  Life is hard.  Running a race can make your

Mar 19, 2017

The Race

By |Mar 19, 2017|Devotionals, Encouragement, Grace, Lent, Patience, Perseverance, Trials|0 Comments

We are not only called to run the race (Heb 12:1), we are also called to help others to complete it.  We run better when we run with others.  We do better when we help each other.  Let’s help the crippled ones win the race.  Let’s help the ones with bad knees and ankles.  Let’s

Mar 13, 2017

The Devil’s Devouring

By |Mar 13, 2017|Devotionals, Lent, Perseverance, Prayer, Trials|0 Comments

Persecution is never a benign hatred absent of demonic activity.  Notice what is said by Peter: “Be sober-minded; be watchful. Your adversary the devil prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour.  Resist him, firm in your faith, knowing that the same kinds of suffering are being experienced by your brotherhood throughout the

Dec 18, 2016

Interruptions And Disruptions

By |Dec 18, 2016|Commitment, Devotionals, Endurance, Patience, Perseverance, Trials|0 Comments

We often make careful plans for our lives, only to find that interruptions come to alter what we had hoped to accomplish.  Our plans get interrupted and our goals get disrupted.  A job change.  A bad diagnosis.  A family problem.  A sick parent, spouse or child.  A fire.  A storm.  An accident.  A bomb.  Persecution. 

Nov 6, 2016

Fleeing And Pursuing

By |Nov 6, 2016|Devotionals, Faith, Formation, Idolatry, Light, Love, Peace, Perseverance, Righteousness, Wisdom, Worship|0 Comments

Paul, in both letters to Timothy advised, “flee and pursue”.  “But FLEE from these things, you man of God, and PURSUE righteousness, godliness, faith, love, perseverance and gentleness” (1 Tim 6:11, NASB).  “Now FLEE from youthful lusts and PURSUE righteousness, faith, love and peace, with those who call on the Lord from a pure heart”

Sep 30, 2016

Crushing Events

By |Sep 30, 2016|Christ, Cross, Devotionals, Endurance, Faith, Formation, Perseverance, Suffering, Trials|0 Comments

Sooner or later we will all experience an ego crushing event, something that calls into question who we are.  These are the times that test our mettle, expose our weakness, and may leave us enough doubt that we fear it will threaten our faith. We want answers that end all questions, but often our answers