Category: Discipleship

Lively Responses

Bad situations and annoying or costly events present us with opportunities to suffer. The suffering really comes from our responses to the situations, though, not the situations themselves. When we respond to a difficulty with one of the “works of the flesh” that Paul described in Galatians 5:13-21, we are stuck holding that response, and […]

Hades or Hell

The place called “Sheol” in Hebrew is the same place that Greek writers would call “Hades.” In English, it means “the Grave.” From one end of the Bible to the other, it is described as a place where all dead humans go to sleep until a day of judgement that is described in Revelation 20, […]

Hearing the Word

  I expect there have been many times when you said something to someone and very soon were convinced that they did not really hear what you said, even though they gave the clear impression that they were listening. Faith comes by hearing. Hearing comes by the word of the Lord. The successful saints listed […]

Gary Goodell

Two very good books by Gary Goodell, who works with Graham Cooke: Permission Granted – To Do Church Differently In The 21st Century Where Would Jesus Lead – A Study In Chaordic Leadership From the second book: “Your destiny is hidden in your daily routines.” From me: Be awesome today so you can be even […]

Choosing Well

You have too many choices. You just need to choose one thing and follow it through to the finish: Learn to recognize the voice of your Shepherd and choose to do whatever He says. Part of the process of learning His voice is making mistakes. That fact doesn’t seem to surprise or trouble Him. It […]

Newness is Sweet

Our carnal, earthly selves usually hate changes in our calendar, our environment, our list of responsibilities. But, new things bring change. Yahweh’s mercy is new every day. I think that means that we don’t always recognize His mercy. It’s not just a re-wound toy that will run again for another day. It’s new. The Roman […]

You Look Great

Don’t confuse style with fashion. Fashion is what was popular to wear 40 years ago and is now popular again. It changes the width of ties and the length of collars and the prints and colors of skirts each year so that you stand out for wearing clothes that were new last year and makes […]

Rich, Now or Later

1 Timothy 6:17-19 As for the rich in this present age, charge them not to be haughty, nor to set their hopes on the uncertainty of riches, but on God, who richly provides us with everything to enjoy. They are to do good, to be rich in good works, to be generous and ready to […]

Hebrews 11

Some people call Hebrews 11 the “Hall of Faith.” I wondered for quite a while when I was being stretched from average church member to expecter of the miraculous, why the writer was bragging on these heroes regarding their faith when their ends included being cut in two, being whipped, beaten, poor, living in caves […]

Your Provision, Your Preparation

Joshua 13:14 Only to the tribe of Levi he had given no inheritance; the sacrifices of the Lord God of Israel made by fire are their inheritance, as He said to them. NKJV Deuteronomy 10:9 Therefore Levi has no portion nor inheritance with his brethren; the Lord is his inheritance, just as the Lord your […]

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