August 31, 2017 | Call To All

“So the king sent messengers and gathered all the elders of Judah and Jerusalem. The king went up to the LORD’s temple with all the men of Judah and the inhabitants of Jerusalem, as well as the priests and the Levites-all the people from great to small. He read in their hearing all the words […]

August 22, 2017 | Comparison, Thief Of Joy

“Do nothing out of rivalry or conceit, but in humility consider others as more important than yourselves. Everyone should look out not only for his own interests, but also for the interests of others.” [Philippians 2:3-4 HCSB] Comparison I was moved and convicted by this insightful letter from a young pastor in another state. Wayne,¬†on […]

August 17, 2017 | Spiritual Metabolism

“For they disciplined us for a short time based on what seemed good to them, but He does it for our benefit, so that we can share His holiness.” [Hebrews 12:10 HCSB] Metabolism Hebrews 12 teaches that because God is a disciplining Father, Christians know we are accepted as sons. That adoption includes this incredible […]

August 3, 2017 | Learning From The Past

“To whom can you compare God? What image can you find to resemble him? Can he be compared to an idol formed in a mold, overlaid with gold, and decorated with silver chains?” [Isaiah 40:18-19 NLT] Collaborative community As I have mentioned before, it is an incredible honor to be a part of God’s collaborative, […]

July 20, 2017 | At The Feet Of Kings

“He [Jotham] did what was right in the Lord’s sight as his father Uzziah had done. In addition, he didn’t enter the Lord’s sanctuary.” [2 Chronicles 27:2 HCSB] Learn from history The history of Judah’s kings teaches many important lessons, including one overpowering theme: those who understand the past can prosper. Some people learn from […]

July 13, 2017 | Cycle Breaking

“He [Jotham] did what was right in the Lord’s sight as his father Uzziah had done. In addition, he didn’t enter the Lord’s sanctuary.” [2 Chronicles 27:2 HCSB] Cycle breaking Borrowing from a tradition as old as Plutarch (ca. 100 A.D.), I recently taught a lesson comparing two men: Jotham and Zedekiah. Each was a […]