What does it look like to boast in the Lord? There is, of course, the most straight forward meaning – that boasting in the Lord is not being proud of your own accomplishments, but instead sharing freely and loudly what Jesus has done on the cross. But is that the only way to boast in the Lord?
There are those Sundays when you wake up with the resurrection on your mind. These are the days that you know – you know – that Jesus is alive, and because He lives, everything is different. There are those Sundays. And then there are the other ones.
God is committed not to our behavior but our hearts; not just in what we do but to what we are becoming.
Before you make that visit, before you give up and cash it in, think about it. Think about staying.
Pray the same thing you did yesterday. Here's why . . .
Our idols convince us that the best thing we can do in life is pursue that which will satisfy us at a given moment. But Jesus? Well, Jesus will tell us the truth. He loves us too much not to.
In short, these idols are just another version of my worst self.
All of us... are communicators of the gospel.
We can look to Jesus and see a Savior who did it the good and right way, and we can be humbled under the weight of His sacrifice and emboldened to feel deeply for others in light of His compassion.
We are the rebellion against the rebellion. But this rebellion is fueled by love, grace, forgiveness, compassion and service. But there is another weapon we have at our disposal. It’s an unlikely one, something that we wouldn’t typically think of as being powerful.
There are only two options with Scripture: either we say amen to its entirety, or we entirely reject it.
I wish that I longed for the kingdom of God to come so much that its coming is a heartfelt and genuine request from the deepest recesses of my soul. But I don’t.