"[The crowd] replied, 'We want to perform God's works, too. What should we do?'Jesus told them, 'This is the only work God wants from you: Believe in the one he has sent.' "John 6:28-29 I think there is a strong tendency in us to want to "do" something, to take action. We want to fix … Continue reading Just Believe
The title of this post is a paraphrase of the question that is posited by Jesus Christ to those around him after John the Baptist (who is in prison at this time) sends his disciples to Jesus to try to determine whether or not Jesus is the Messiah that John had prophesied about (Matthew 11:2-3). … Continue reading What Did you Come Here to See?
It's All Part of the Plan...God's Plan I have noticed that in times of struggle I get upset because things are not going the way I want them to or moreover expect them to. So much of the discontent in my life comes from violated expectations. I think things are going to go one way and they … Continue reading The Best Laid Plans…
While I do not think that birthdays are explicitly prohibited by the bible I do think that it's interesting to note that in the only two mentions of birthdays in the bible, a man was effectively sentenced to death on that same day. First, in the story of Joseph, we see that on Pharaoh's birthday … Continue reading Birthdays for Christ!
This first epistle to the Thessalonians varies in its subject matter but I think one key takeaway is to expect afflictions if you are a Christian and to not let them turn your from Christ. Notes on the First Book of Thessalonians Paul, a true shepherd and apostle, speaks not to please men but God, … Continue reading Notes on the First Book of Thessalonians
One thing I have found lacking in the Church in my experience is the desire among the brethren for spiritual gifts. We are commanded by Paul to earnestly desire the gifts of the Spirit and so we should do so (1 Corinthians 14:1). The exercising of gifts was frequently used throughout the Book of Acts … Continue reading It’s Okay (even Encouraged!) to Want to Receive Gifts – It just Depends on What Kind…
I oftentimes find that my mind wants to go in a lot of different directions and distracting thoughts can threaten to interfere with my prayers and my life in general. I like to think of the mind as a city, it has citizens (thoughts, feelings, emotions) that all must work together in consultation with the … Continue reading A Prayer for the Mind