Confession isn't primarily about focusing on how awful I am or how badly I've blown it. It's about grace and forgiveness.
1 Out of the depths I cry to you, LORD;2 Lord, hear my voice. Let your ears be attentive to my cry for mercy.3 If you, LORD, kept a record of sins, Lord, who could stand?4 But with you there is forgiveness, so that we can, with reverence, serve you.5 I wait for the LORD, my whole being waits, … Continue reading Praying Scripture – 2/26/2020 – Ash Wednesday
I found that as I slowed down and focused on my relationship with God during Lent, He worked in my heart in some amazing ways. Out of this season of reflection and penitence came a deeper and more profound understanding of "the good times."
4 Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. 5 It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. 6 Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. 7 It always protects, always trusts, always … Continue reading Praying Scripture – 2/19/2020
The other day I was driving down the canyon to Salt Lake City, enjoying the view of the snow covered mountains and a few minutes to myself. As I drove, I was listening to an audio book and heard the narrator read 1 Corinthians 13:4-8: 4 Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, … Continue reading God Is . . .
5 For the Lord is good and his love endures forever;his faithfulness continues through all generations.Psalm100:5 Most Holy God, Some days I come before You with great joy. Some days I worship You with gladness. Some days I sing with a heart bursting with gratitude for who You are and the way that Your are working … Continue reading Praying Scripture – 2/12/2020
I needed to get to sleep, but I wasn’t worried about it. I wasn’t worried about anything. Surprising, actually. I was facing my dissertation defense the next morning, but I wasn’t stressed. I wasn’t worried. My mind wasn’t spinning. I was just awake. And completely at peace. I was surrounded by an overwhelming sense of … Continue reading The Gift of a Sleepless Night
21 Therefore, get rid of all moral filth and the evil that is so prevalent and humbly accept the word planted in you, which can save you. 22 Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says. 23 Anyone who listens to the word but does not do what it says … Continue reading Praying Scripture – 2/5/2020
Last week I asked what vision of “the good life” was driving our words and actions. While culture tells us one thing, Jesus’ words tell us something different. If we let them, they’ll turn our cultural expectations of what blessing looks like upside down. The money, power, and social acceptance that we so frequently associate … Continue reading God’s Vision of “The Good Life”