November 13, 2019

 

Worry is a pesky intruder that threatens to undermine everything God wants us to enjoy.  Worry shows up when we are out of control, fearful, doubting ourselves or someone else, or view the fuzzy unknown without holding onto God’s hand.

We often treat worry as a necessa...

November 6, 2019

Playing with I can’t is as dangerous as playing with fire.  Can’t rehearses the wrong information.  Can’t often sets up false boundaries. Can’t paralyzes, shortchanges, and destroys possibility.

Jesus encountered a person who lived with I can’t too long (John 5:1-9) Jes...

October 30, 2019

What Jesus does when you ask for His anything is more than you could think to ask. Find new hope in the sweet surrender to His unbounded resources and unfailing love.

October 23, 2019

Come with me to the edge of Jericho where Jesus had attracted a large crowd again.  Most don’t see the furrowed brows of Jesus.  He is just a few days away from Jerusalem and the week that will change history forever.

Two blind men are sitting beside the road, thei...

October 16, 2019

Doubt can swarm like bees who have been disturbed.  Doubt can tie us up in ways that make it difficult to move forward.  Doubt unsettles. 

Where does doubt take you by the throat and strangle you? What can you do with it?

Let me take you to another boat and sto...

October 9, 2019

Jesus asked questions. 

He asked them of his listeners, his debaters, his disciples.  They weren’t detours or delay tactics. They were issue oriented.  They went to the core of some misunderstanding or need.  They gave an opportunity to take a new step of growth and bel...

October 2, 2019

Do you remember why we looked at key verses through Philippians?

This was an exercise to take one to two verses that we could “listen” to for a week.  I wanted you to see what happens when we  consciously listening.  If you did that for yourself, whatever I added was ex...

September 25, 2019

 Finally . . . rejoice in the Lord! . . . it is a safeguard for you. (Philippians 3:1)

Take another look at joy, Paul says. What is it we haven’t understood?  What makes us ho-hum it away, treating it like a good thing, if it happens?

If it happens? Paul would stare at u...

September 18, 2019

How do we know when something is God’s will?

This is where too many of us struggle with confusion.  We carry a belief that God’s will is something remote and difficult to understand.  It’s the target we always miss but keep trying to hit.  That’s why this verse, in its...

September 11, 2019

Where does your most important, soul-satisfying encouragement and comfort come from?

Paul shares the most comprehensive summary of what it means to let the heart of Christ grow in you so that what comes out of you came from Christ first. 

Read the verse slowly to identif...

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