Friday, July 19

Tag: Jesus

Jesus only?

Jesus only?

It is post-Easter. Jesus has risen. He has met with his disciples a couple of times. In the absence of knowing what next, the disciples keep a semblance of a routine going. Always a good thing when your world is upside down, to remain consistent in healthy routines. 7 go fishing. They catch nothing all night! Not good when half the crew are experienced fisherman. Someone calls from the shore telling them to cast the net out on the other side and try again. Curious, tired, bewildered, they do it. They catch a catch of a lifetime. The nets are bursting. Fish jumping all over the place. But get this. See what Peter does. ... they were unable to haul the net in because of the large number of fish. Then the disciple whom Jesus loved said to Peter, “It is the Lord


  For I fully expect and hope that I will never be ashamed, but that I will continue to be bold for Christ, as I have been in the past. And I trust that my life will bring honor to Christ, whether I live or die. Philippians 1:20 Some years ago I was sitting in a meeting in which there was a disagreement in the room.  I remember beginning to get agitated and I eventually walked out. Right at that moment I lost my boldness to act on behalf of that group, because I had lost my ‘cool’ in front of them.  A rash act, a loss of self-control, a silly decision, can leave us without courage. We feel guilty, ashamed, we have to work at repairing the situation (which is what I did immediately in the days following that event). Once there is repair, there is courage again. Paul has just
Personal Life

Your Story

12 I thank Christ Jesus our Lord, who has given me strength to do his work. He considered me trustworthy and appointed me to serve him, 13even though I used to blaspheme the name of Christ. In my insolence, I persecuted his people. But God had mercy on me because I did it in ignorance and unbelief. 14Oh, how generous and gracious our Lord was! He filled me with the faith and love that come from Christ Jesus. 15This is a trustworthy saying, and everyone should accept it: “Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners”—and I am the worst of them all. 16But God had mercy on me so that Christ Jesus could use me as a prime example of his great patience with even the worst sinners. Then others will realize that they, too, can believe in him and receive eternal life. 17All honor and glory t
Family Life

5 Things Kids (and others) Need – part2

When thinking about what I could give a 20 year old looking for a spiritual father figure 5 things very quickly came to mind. They aptly relate to family life (no surprise) and are what I would consider the highest needs of your natural kids but also those you are discipling (who might be 10 or more years younger than you). Yesterday we looked at the first 2. Lets look at 3 more: 3.  FAMILY LIFE Psalm 68:6 NKJV God sets the solitary in families… We are made to flourish in the context of family. So if you live alone, join yourself to others, a family circle, join yourself to a Church circle that replicates family. So if you are a family have people in your home, don’t make your home private. You can be family for others. The eating together, the talking, debating, laughter, co
Personal Life

Workout on Faith

"Physical training is good, but training for godliness is much better, promising benefits in this life and in the life to come.” (1 Timothy 4:8 NLT) Paul compares physical and spiritual training. The latter being much more beneficial. But lets take the concept of physical training for a moment to show us how we can be in spiritual training: - training is best done by routine - it is best to workout for a certain amount of time and for a certain frequency ... choose your time and length of time you are going to spend each day in prayer and in the bible - workout where the gear is - at the gym, at home around your gear, out if you are running ... Find your place, where are you going to pray each day? What works for you? - a good workout should leave you with the memory of it for a d