Grow Your Community & Priorities
The Apostle Paul frequently wrote on the theme of doing good for all people. When Paul talks about the freedom we have in Christ, he essentially says it is expressed through doing good things. In Thessalonians, it says, "And as for you, brothers and sisters, never...
Today I want to talk about our church family and the family of God, because I recently read this passage about Jesus' family and it made me think. When you watch a beautiful family, it's incredibly inspiring, isn't it? If you're blessed to have one of those, it's a...
In the book of Nehemiah, in the Old Testament, the Israelites were taken captive by King Nebuchadnezzar from Babylon. He took the people of Israel, destroyed their city, brought them to Babylon, and made them prisoners. Over many years, Nebuchadnezzar died, and the...
He wants to restore the world through his people. He wants to use us, where we live, work and play, to bring restoration to the world. By loving our neighbor, as Jeremiah 29 commands and as we see throughout the Bible, we bring God’s hope and love to the world, and peace to ourselves.
During my church-hunt, I discovered Sunday is the loneliest day of the week. But I felt some comfort in believing the Spirit would guide me as I journaled through Psalm 13 – a directional song David must have written during a limbo time in his own life. Trusting God can be a sweet journey.
Most of all, hesed is a covenant love—a love that binds God to his people. It is almost exclusively used as a word between God and his people Israel. Understanding this kind of hesed love has changed my relationship with others.
I want my words to be tempered with grace that honors the Lord and edifies the person receiving them, even if they may be hard words of truth.
The world we live in is materialistic and focused on appearances. In the world’s eyes, if you look beautiful, you are beautiful. As women of God we need to wrestle that thought to the ground.
When we avoid isolation and stay connected to each other, we become stronger. We’re better together and as Jesus pointed out, “Where two or three come together in my name, there am I with them” (Matt. 18:20 NIV).
If you’re like me, you need to hear about people who are courageously honest and welcoming – who reconcile and seek justice, who keep their eyes on Jesus and their arms outstretched in love toward others. I hope this collection of posts from around the web encourages your heart today – let’s live authentically and with purpose in our relationships today.
In a beautiful and succinct description of how to be present and love one another, the apostle Paul tells us to “Rejoice with those who rejoice; mourn with those who mourn.” (Romans 12:15) In the best of times and the worst of times it is a gift to be with one another, and by the power of the Holy Spirit in us, God is present.
How will you respond next time gossip is served? We’re all guilty of it eating and serving gossip. We dress it up sometimes, making it look presentable. Sometimes we even say it’s a prayer request. After all, everyone needs prayer, don’t they? There are reasons why we take part in these tasty morsels, but maybe being aware of them can help us to push away from the table.