The rain comes, dousing the earth with blessing and, at the same time, darkness. In fact, “rain” is typically used as a metaphor for adverse experiences. “When it rains, it pours.” No tragic scene is more complete than with an individual weeping bitterly in the rain. But for centuries, humanity
“What comes into our minds when we think about God is the most important thing about us.” – A.W. Tozer What we think and believe about God can’t be overstated because what we believe about God determines our identity, and our identity dictates how we view ourselves and those around
As Christians, we live paradoxically by giving up our lives to receive it. Ostensibly, this may seem counterintuitive to those gazing from the outside, but the reality is that while we bid others to come and die to themselves for the sake of Christ, we are at the same time
We can easily get caught up in the rhythms of doing all of the right things while simultaneously moving away from our love for Jesus. Thus, effective discipleship processes don’t always will yield transformation. It sounds counterintuitive, but it’s true. Ask the Ephesian church Jesus squares up to in Revelation.
When an airline pilot charts his route, he faces the task of remaining on course until he arrives at his destination safely. Many weather factors can cause the plane to drift. As a result, the pilot makes constant adjustments to the many dials and controls that allow him to fly
Every moral decision we make is like a brick in a wall that is forming our character. The difficulty is that as we construct each brick, we can fail to see how our lives are so interconnected that the choices we make have drastic effects on everyone around us. We
Our most dire need in moments of sorrow and tragedy is the presence of someone willing to enter into our suffering with us while we struggle through our mess. A phone call or text may bring solace to some degree, but there is nothing that communicates love like the ministry
Sin Is Deep Our sin runs deeper than the cells in our bodies, touching the furthest recesses of our hearts. If you think you’re a good person then, by all means, aim high. Live your life in freedom from bad thoughts, actions, or words. Go for years on end with