Friday, July 31, 2009

Find the hurting and minister to them.

Thursday, July 30, 2009

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Humble yourself. Admit you’re a sinner saved by grace.

Embrace the paradoxes

Embrace the paradoxes. There is beauty beyond comprehension in the mysteries, in not knowing all the answers, yet belonging to the One who does, and in being a child with endless questions but belonging to the faithful Father. Question for a short time, but do not let the questions hold you back from wonder, amazement, and worship. Fall on your knees and stare, and laugh. Stand confidently, and dance, and walk without fear, whether God answers your questions or not.

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Let God reign over all parts of your life. No closets.

Monday, July 27, 2009

Paint my life

The Lord will be faithful to complete what He started in us. God is the Master Artist, and we are unfinished portraits. God will make us glorious in the end. Jesus, paint my life!

Admit that sin in your mind and heart is just as serious as sin lived on the outside.

Sunday, July 26, 2009

What you think is what you are. Theology is crucial. Worldview is everything.

Saturday, July 25, 2009

Pray for God’s kingdom to come.

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"Whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things."

--Philippians 4:8

Thursday, July 23, 2009

Pray for leaders.

The power of God's Word

This past year I've been reading more of the Bible than I used to. It's been refreshing and renewing to dive deeper and deeper into the Word, and to be saturated with daily reminders of God's love and grace.

I just finished reading through The Message, which I highly recommend. It felt really different at first, but before long I found myself really enjoying that difference.

There are so many good things to read, but there's no substitute for simply spending time with the Lord and His love letter to us. Some days it's hard to carve out time because of our busy schedules, but it's worth it. God's Word grounds us in eternal truths and refocuses us for the path He asks us to walk, with His light to guide the way.

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Theology is everything. You will rise no higher than your thoughts about God.

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Hospitality, service, and encouragement

Over the past few weeks, God has overwhelmingly opened up doors for me to reach out to those in need and to show hospitality to people who were discouraged. People who had a loved one die, people facing fearful surgeries, people needing home-cooked meals or a freshly-baked loaf of bread, even people stuck on the side of the road where their car stopped in a dangerous place at night, were all somehow put on my path recently by the Lord.

A few months ago I prayed sincerely for the Lord to provide opportunities for me to share what I have, or to touch others' lives in some way, to really bless others, as God has blessed me. It has been amazing to see Him provide those opportunities, and, as always, in blessing others, we get more than blessed ourselves.

It's been such a delight and encouragement to my soul to see God using us, feeble instruments though we are, to help others, to help them stand when they are weak, and to let those who are suffering know they are not alone.

Praise God for comforting us, so we, in turn, can comfort others.
Forgive others as you have been forgiven.

Sunday, July 19, 2009

Guard your tongue.


"They weren't in love with themselves;
they were willing to die for Christ."

--from Rev. 12, The Message.

Friday, July 17, 2009

Thursday, July 16, 2009

Think carefully before you speak and act.

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Beware that an unguarded strength can become a double weakness.

Keep your eyes on Jesus

"Keep your eyes on Jesus, who both began and finished this race we're in. Study how he did it. Because he never lost sight of where he was headed—that exhilarating finish in and with God—he could put up with anything along the way: Cross, shame, whatever. And now he's there, in the place of honor, right alongside God. When you find yourselves flagging in your faith, go over that story again, item by item, that long litany of hostility he plowed through. That will shoot adrenaline into your souls!"

--from Heb. 12, The Message.

Monday, July 13, 2009

Sanctify your gifts for God’s service.

Written on our hearts

"It was a perfect sacrifice by a perfect person to perfect some very imperfect people. By that single offering, he did everything that needed to be done for everyone who takes part in the purifying process. The Holy Spirit confirms this:

This new plan I'm making with Israel
isn't going to be written on paper,
isn't going to be chiseled in stone;
This time "I'm writing out the plan in them,
carving it on the lining of their hearts."

He concludes,
I'll forever wipe the slate clean of their sins."

--from Heb. 10, The Message.

Saturday, July 11, 2009

Glorify God and enjoy Him forever.

Growing up in Christ

"So come on, let's leave the preschool fingerpainting exercises on Christ and get on with the grand work of art. Grow up in Christ. The basic foundational truths are in place: turning your back on "salvation by self-help" and turning in trust toward God; baptismal instructions; laying on of hands; resurrection of the dead; eternal judgment. God helping us, we'll stay true to all that. But there's so much more. Let's get on with it!"

--Heb. 6:1-3, The Message.

Friday, July 10, 2009

Be patient. There is no rush. God has His own timeframe. Wait.

Thursday, July 9, 2009

Do not be afraid.

What it's all about

"In [Christ's] death, by God's grace, he fully experienced death in every person's place ... By embracing death, taking it into himself, he destroyed the Devil's hold on death and freed all who cower through life, scared to death of death."

--from Heb. 13, The Message.

Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Quiet yourself. Stop, be still, and listen for God's voice.

Trust, hope, and love

"Trust steadily in God, hope unswervingly, love extravagantly. And the best of the three is love"

--1 Cor. 13:13, The Message.

Monday, July 6, 2009

Forgive yourself. God did.

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The truth

"Do not worry about what you feel. The truth about you is glorious. If you are in Christ, rise to it o’er sin and care. Take your full salvation and triumph and prevail.”

--Martyn Lloyd-Jones, Spiritual Depression (Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdman’s Publishing Co., 2002), 175.

Saturday, July 4, 2009

Dream big.

By grace

"We could not take one step in the pursuit of holiness if God in His grace had not first delivered us from the dominion of sin and brought us into union with His risen Son. Salvation is by grace and sanctification is by grace.”

--Jerry Bridges, The Discipline of Grace (Colorado Springs, CO: NavPress, 1994), 73.

Friday, July 3, 2009

Thursday, July 2, 2009

Grace and evangelism

"Let no one say . . . that the doctrine of election by the sovereign will and mercy of God, mysterious as it is, makes either evangelism or faith unnecessary. The opposite is the case. It is only because of God’s gracious will to save that evangelism has any hope of success and faith becomes possible. The preaching of the gospel is the very means that God has appointed by which he delivers from blindness and bondage those whom he chose in Christ before the foundation of the world, sets them free to believe in Jesus, and so causes his will to be done.”

--John R. W. Stott, The Message of Ephesians (Downers Grove, Ill: Inter-Varsity Press, 1979), 48
Stop striving. You can’t earn God’s favor.