“God does not give us overcoming life: He gives us life as we overcome. The strain is the strength. If there is no strain, there is no strength. Are you asking God to give you life and liberty and joy? He cannot, unless you will accept the strain. Immediately you face the strain, you will … Continue reading Strength in the Strain
I think the idea of “resting in God’ is analogous to my experience of how a rest area works when my family traveled to Canada in the 80s and 90s. The distance between where we lived in Marietta, Georgia and my maternal grandmother’s place in Toronto was about 950 miles. Typically, it took anywhere between … Continue reading Rest areas and my spirituality…
Great day I experienced with classes, super-sessions and keynote messages from some of the finest people in Christianity. I typed 10 pages of notes yesterday so I cannot include everything here but I want to give you some highlights that stood out to me. Tuesday Morning, Mike Cope “Spiritual Intubation: How Community Keeps Us Alive” … Continue reading National Conference on Youth Ministries – Day 2
1 My God, my God, why have you forsaken me? Why are you so far from saving me, from the words of my groaning? 2 O my God, I cry by day, but you do not answer, and by night, but I find no rest. 3 Yet you are holy, enthroned on the praises of Israel. 4 In … Continue reading Psalms for Teens 8 – Lament Psalms – Psalm 22
1O Lord, rebuke me not in your anger, nor discipline me in your wrath! 2 For your arrows have sunk into me, and your hand has come down on me. 3 There is no soundness in my flesh because of your indignation; there is no health in my bones because of my sin. 4 For my iniquities have … Continue reading Psalms for Teens 6 – Lament Psalms – Psalm 38
In my morning reading I came across a familiar passage and wanted to share it with you and some of the thoughts I wrote down in my journal. The fool says in his heart, “There is no God.” They are corrupt, they do abominable deeds, there is none who does good. Psalm 14:1 (ESV) Perhaps … Continue reading Psalm 14 – Who is the fool?
I got an idea for a post when listening to a conversation that was, in essence, gossip. I have been thinking a lot about the church lately which sounds a little bit strange considering thinking about the church kind of goes with my job description. But, when I say thinking about the church I mean … Continue reading The Dirty Seven and the Church