What is driving our choices and actions? Are we acting out of fear or out of love? 18 There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not made perfect in love. 19 We love because he first loved us. … Continue reading Praying Scripture – 11/13/2019
It is only in our weakness that we can “go from strength to strength,” because it is about God’s strength, not our own.
Sometimes we're on the mountaintop in our walk with God, facing an exhilarating view of how He is working in our lives and in His church. But sometimes we're in the fiery furnace. These [trials] have come so that the proven genuineness of your faith—of greater worth than gold, which perishes even though refined by … Continue reading Praying Scripture – 11/6/2019
Community isn’t just about what we get out of it. It’s about how we journey together.
Sometimes life doesn't make sense. Sometimes we don't understand why God has allowed something to happen. Sometimes it's our everyday circumstances that trip us up in our walk with God. Sometimes it's the big theological questions that bring us up short. At times like this, I return again and again to Isaiah: 8 “For my thoughts … Continue reading Praying Scripture – 10/30/2019
Reach out to those people that haven’t been around in a while. Don’t just show up for them when it’s convenient. Show up when you are able. Reaching out to those who are struggling is often inconvenient. Sometimes it’s downright difficult and painful. But sometimes loving our neighbor means showing up when they can’t.
As I continue reflecting on my last post, I keep going back to these verses from Hebrews: 24 And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, 25 not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another—and all the more as you … Continue reading Praying Scripture – 10/23/2019