A friend of mine once told me that when he moved into a new house as a kid that he tied all of his best toys on the back of his bicycle and rode around the neighborhood trying to attract friends. If youâ€™ve started a new job or moved into a new community, youâ€™ve probably learned from experience that people usually donâ€™t come knocking on your door to get...Keep Reading
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In the Lord's Prayer, Jesus teaches his disciples to pray, "lead us not into temptation" and near the end of his life, Jesus calls them to "pray that you may not enter into temptation." This should lead believers today to ask what temptation is, and how God uses prayer to combat it....
We live in a #mefirst culture. But lest we think the disciples who spent time with Jesus were any different, we see how on the last night of Jesus’s life with them before the cross, they begin to argue among themselves who is the greatest. Jesus takes the time to show them who is truly great, and what true greatness is....
In Luke 12:22, Jesus is reminding us of our value to him, so much more than other things of creation. He provides for those other things, so why are we anxious about those things that we can’t ultimately control? Jesus concludes Luke 12 with the call, “Seek his kingdom, and these things will be added to you.” What does it mean to seek his kingdom? ...
We should spend ourselves, no matter how many years we have left, waiting purposefully for Jesus return by working for his glory. Luke 9-19 points to a number of ways we can do this. Today, we will focus on how as we wait, we should be about the business of being good stewards of what he has entrusted to us....
We should spend ourselves, no matter how many years we have left, waiting purposefully for Jesus return by working for his glory. Luke 9-19 points to a number of ways we can do this. Today, we will focus on how as we wait, we should be about the business of showing mercy toward those in need. ...
As long as Rachel could remember she wanted to be an attorney. While it was a little awkward to be the only kid at halloween carrying a briefcase, she stuck to her dreams until she passed the bar exam on the first try. If people thought she was driven during law school they would have been surprised to learn that she actually had another gear in the workplace; no amount o...Keep Reading
In the 1970 movie, Love Story, Ali MacGrawâ€™s character says the now famous line, â€œLove means never having to say youâ€™re sorry.â€ It seemed to fit in the movie (if you like that sort of thing) but frankly, it doesnâ€™t sound to me as if it was good advice. It must not have clicked with John Lennon either because he quipped, â€œLove means h...Keep Reading
I read that if you want to count to a million without stopping it would take you 6 days, 22 hours and forty minutes. If you want to count to a billion it would take you 31 years and 252 days. A Trillion? Forget about it. 3,170 years. What does this tell me? First, who sits around thinking about this stuff? and second, Iâ€™m not even going to try to count to any...Keep Reading
Remember the Palm Pilot? Still use one? Probably not. Why? Because the palm pilot has gone the way of other first generation technology devices and disappeared into the realm of trivia questions (What is a bag phone?). But just a half dozen years ago you could have thrown a rock into a crowd of ten businessmen and hit twelve PDAâ€™s. Now just try to go and buy o...Keep Reading
Iâ€™ve not been to a high school reunion yet, but I donâ€™t really feel like I need to go to one since I can see how much my friends have changed and how messed up they are in real time on facebook everyday. Since I wasnâ€™t a believer in high school, not only do I wish that I could go back and have those years to do over again as a Christian, but I often th...Keep Reading
I once went on a week long trip to Daytona Beach with other college students during Spring Breakâ€”no, not that kind of spring break tripâ€” it was with a campus Christian group! What I didnâ€™t realize when I signed up for the week at the beach (or I blocked out of my mind) was the fact that we were going to walk up and down the beach and talk to students ...Keep Reading
One of the lessons I am trying to learn in parenting is to try and empathize more with my daughters when they are deeply distraught about something that I canâ€™t quite understand. Itâ€™s tempting for me to think when the lost blankie canâ€™t be found before bed or when the doll that they love was forgotten at a friends house that they just need to calm dow...Keep Reading
History shows us that no army will get far without supply lines that link them to more materials, ammunition, and fuel for the battle. I feel the same way if weâ€™re going on a camping tripâ€” weâ€™re only staying as long as we have good food and dry clothesâ€” after that, Iâ€™m outâ€”which means we donâ€™t typically camp! ...Keep Reading
No one has to twist our arms to speak about things that we valueâ€“â€“we easily speak of that which we love. Just ask someone why they bought the car they just bought. Or where they found a deal on something they were looking for. Or their favorite sports team....Keep Reading