“This is the way” is a phrase used by Star Wars’ Mandalorian character from the series of the same name. It’s also a saying that the sect of the Mandalorian’s character is a part of say to each other to remind them of why they do what they do the way they do it.
Thursday, January 7, 2021
Wednesday, January 6, 2021
Surrender to others like Jesus would.
Monday, January 4, 2021
Remember who you are and act accordingly.
Saturday, January 2, 2021
I’ve often hear coach Dabo Swinney say when things don’t turnout well, “The best is yet to come.” After last night’s drubbing of Clemson by Ohio State, he may need to pull that line back out again.
And he probably will.
Because he has that kind of perspective on life. It’s not all about football. And it’s not all about my life or yours either. That’s why God let’s us lose sometimes. It’s why we he sometimes lets us crash and burn.
2020 has been a crash and burn year. Brutal. Tragic. Devastating.
Once again, I am encouraged by these words: “The best is yet to come.”
Then recording artist Ben Rector posts this song today for all to hear. It’s perfect for this thought. This truth. Give it a listen and ask yourself, “Do I believe that the best is yet to come? Is there really this kind of hope?”
Ben Rector - A Song for 2021 https://youtu.be/aduZReLQeMM via @YouTube
As I think about the rollercoaster year 2020 was, my emotions run the gamut. God has blessed us way more than we deserve.
So many have suffered. You may ask, “Why?” Well, there’s a simple reason for that. Because sin has consequences. Evil was released. And we all give in to the temptation to selfishly live for ourselves. I know I often do. And while this is what we get when we live life on our terms instead of God’s, it’s not without hope.
God made a way for us to get back to him; to be reconciled to him in the here and now AND the hereafter. It’s why we can say and sing that “The best is yet to come.”
When we live in light of eternity—eternity with God—it does more than change our perspective. It releases us to live surrendered lives—for others instead of for ourselves.
We often pass on this opportunity. But it is there none-the-less.
Imperfect though we are, we followers of Jesus Christ, let us walk in the hope that the best truly is yet to come and rejoice in that no matter what. Because the path to that best goes through dark valleys...dark valleys indeed.
So let’s keep the Son in our eyes as we walk through it. Welcome 2021. For good or for ill, we rejoice that the best is yet to come through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Friday, January 1, 2021
Let God Influence You Daily
The contrast in Psalm 1 is vivid: The wicked vs. the righteous (which includes the Lord). To find God’s blessing, we must rest in his presence and influence soaking in his words, ways, and works so that we may become more like him. Then we’re able to influence others where we live, work, learn, and play. This is a daily rhythm/habit of time with the Lord prayerfully listening to him through his word. Psalm 1:1-2
Tuesday, December 1, 2020
I love these two definitions of “vision.”
“Vision is a ‘holy discontent’ – a deep dissatisfaction with what is, combined with a clear grasp of what could be. It is a picture – ‘a mental sight’ – of the future that inspires hope.
Monday, November 23, 2020
This article is interesting on the future of the American church.
What’s even more interesting to me though is that it was written in February 2020–essentially pre-Covid since nothing had closed down yet.
The reason I say that is because Covid has accelerated everything is hasn’t stalled.
So encourage you to read this short article.
My question to you is not what is your church doing but what are you doing with respect to your faith and church? Have you let this pandemic derail your best source of encouragement in your faith?
“Church” biblically defined isn’t a building or event. It is literally the people of God gathered in Jesus’ name.
It means that healthy Christians are regularly gathering with other Christians. This is part of what sustains us as the Church when we’re scattered to where we live, work, learn, and play. (Depending on how locked-down you are)
It means that if you’re not gathering with other Christians (in-person or online) around God’s word, then you’re undermining your faith in Christ. You’re not walking in obedience to a command as basic as do not forsake gathering with other Christians.
I pray that God will remind you of the hope you and I have in Christ.
The Word of God +
The Spirit of God +
The People of God =
Become like the Son of God
Do the math of your faith. How do you score?
I have https://www.wsj.com/articles/thank-god-american-churches-are-dying-11582243546
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