An example of misremembering the past is given to us in Exodus 16: "They set out from Elim, and all the congregation of the people of Israel came to the wilderness of Sin, which is between Elim and Sinai, on the fifteenth day of the second month after they had departed from the land of … Continue reading Misremembering the Past – A Hindrance to Spiritual Growth
A Look at Bill Johnson's God Is Good We need to be transformed by the renewing of our minds (see Romans 12:2). A key to that renewal is to take the goodness of God seriously. And if we take it seriously, we will pursue it passionately and consistently. This is one of the themes of God … Continue reading Truth to Restructure Your Thought-Life Around
Moses was one of the greatest leaders in history. Like all leaders, he experienced his share of rejection. In studying his life, I counted fourteen cases of rejection. Thirteen of those came from the people of Israel. But one rejection, the second one, was different. The first rejection of Moses happened when he was forty … Continue reading Overcoming Self-Rejection: A Lesson from the Life of Moses
Moses, the deliverer of Israel, was repeatedly rejected by the people of Israel—fourteen times by my count. Yet he successfully led them from slavery to freedom. We can learn much from the fourteen rejections of Moses, why they happened and how he overcame them. Here's a look at the first one. Passionate but Presumptuous This first … Continue reading Young Moses and the Israelites: Immature Vision and Premature Rejection
What is the Governing Question of Human History? Or isn’t there one? If we look at history from a biblical perspective, we should be able to find one. Austin-Sparks gave an answer to the question in the second chapter of his book, The Stewardship of the Mystery. Before I get to his answer, I want … Continue reading T. Austin-Sparks on the Summing Up of All Things in Christ and the Meaning of History
We can begin now to live the life we will live forever because Jesus is still living for us the life He began to live for us many years ago.
When Jesus instructed His disciples to abide in Him, He used the illustration of a vine and branches. The pruning of the branches was an integral part of that lesson, and of abiding in Christ: “Every branch in Me that does not bear fruit He takes away; and every branch that bears fruit He prunes, … Continue reading Every Branch Gets Pruned
1 Peter 4:19 I've been thinking about why Peter used the term "faithful creator" in this verse: "Therefore let those who suffer according to God's will entrust their souls to a faithful creator while doing good." (ESV) So why "faithful creator"? I think it might have to do with this earlier statement from 1 Peter … Continue reading How to Entrust Your Soul to a Faithful Creator While Doing Good
Never before had life been lived with such dignity and purpose. No one else had so clearly displayed what an utterly beautiful thing it is to be human.
Many think that Jesus was a real person who was turned into an imaginary god. In reality, Jesus came to turn imaginary gods into real people.