Articles Tagged 'Failure'

My Brothers?!

How could He Jesus so much more in his disciples than they had ever demonstrated?

Phil Ware shares insight on how the resurrected Jesus forgave and empowered his his 11 disciples through his radical forgiveness.

Self-Destructive Power in Building Monuments to Ourselves

In absolute arrogance and stupidity, the people of the plains of Babylonia set out to make a name for themselves.

Phil Ware and James Nored share through words, images, and video the story of the Tower of Babel and the self-destructive danger of pride and arrogance.

God of Gracious Love

Life without grace leaves us with a distorted understanding of God.

James Nored and Phil Ware remind us of God's grace: both his common grace and his sacrificial grace meant to save us from our sinful failures and save us to share his gracious purposes with the world.

Affirming Their Best and Not Giving Up in Their Stumbles

I can't help but believe that every time Peter heard a rooster crow, he also remembered the Lord's words of affirmation and assurance.

Phil Ware reminds us that Jesus affirmed Peter's value and his return to useful service BEFORE Peter's stumbling denials by the fire.

Jesus Smiled

Our God is the God of surprising opportunities, fresh hope, and new life.

Phil Ware reminds us of John Mark's failure when he deserted the mission field and the mission team and describes how God used this mess and the grace, mercy, and love of godly men to bring great good out of potential disaster.

Making It Count!

It is simply not true that your best is always good enough; there are countless people every day who could witness to that.

Patrick Odum reminds us that sometimes our best isn't good enough, it doesn't count, unless our focus is on the Lord Jesus and his work, then his resurrection ensures our work is not in vain!

The Most Excellent Way

Beyond sexual equality to the Jesus way of mutuality and sacrificial love.

Phil Ware continues his series on how God values women and how precious they are to Him, His people, and the future of humankind, this week focusing on sexual intimacy and value.

Failure Isn't Fatal...

More than just celebrating the coming of the Holy Spirit on Pentecost, we should also celebrate the power of the Lord to forgive and restore us beyond our sinful stumbles.

Phil Ware reminds us of a powerful truth that lies behind Pentecost Sunday and the failure of the apostles that Jesus didn't consider ultimate failure.

The Misunderstanding

Without understanding the cross, we turn Christianity into another human contest about self-importance.

Phil Ware shares his third post on The Question, Peter's confession of Jesus and how he had to be broken before he could really understand what his confession meant.

Think You Are a 'Hopeless Case'?

The Father is looking to use you, no matter how unlikely it seems possible!

Rubel Shelley reminds us that God does his best work through the most unlikely of people.

Ready for Anything That Comes

Here is someone whose faith has stood the test of time and continues to display that faith in the face of great challenges.

Phillip Morrison reminds us of the decency, faith, and goodness of two former presidents, Jimmy Carter and Gerald Ford.

A Charcoal Fire & the Smell of Redemption

Why make someone relive his or her sin, why not just ignore it?

Phil Ware continues his Saved at Sea series focusing on Peter's denials, his promises, his arrogance, his failure, and his restoration.

The Real Root of Brokenness

We must not dare forget to give thanks for how we're blessed and how great the Father is!

Ann Voskamp reminds us again of the incredible importance of giving thanks.

How Cowards Become Heroes

Does such a transformation actually happen?

Rubel Shelly uses the story of John Callender's failure and subsequent courage to remind us how to overcome the failure of our past.

Lose One and You're Done

What's true about the NCAA Basketball Tourney and life?

Phi Ware reminds us that while the one and done principle is true in much of life, Jesus changed it for us in regard to sin.

When Your Hero Falls

What do you do when your hero makes a big mistake?

Just as Isaiah had to overcome Uzziah's failure, we have to deal with the failures of others. We need to learn to turn to God at times like that.

Losing the Hidden Weight in 2014

What are you carrying around unnecessarily in your hidden weight?

Ron Rose shares with us about weight problems, not pounds, but hidden weight with regret, worries, burdens, resentments, failures, and those kinds of things that we need to leave behind after we have handed them over to Jesus.

It All Begins with...

Why are we so afraid to do what God makes clear is our next step?

Phil Ware completes his two article series on being strong and courageous and being ready to see God do great things among us.

The Story: Garments of Grace

How can these grave clothes speak of a better hope?

Phil Ware continues his series that parallels The Story and he brings us to the resurrection of Jesus through the humiliation of his disciples and himself and tying his message to the garments of Jesus.

Are You Trying too Hard?

We must not treat sin cavalierly, but we also must not think we have to earn God's grace!

Rubel Shelly risks being misunderstood by talking about the frustration of trying to win God's grace by living perfectly and over-analyzing our sins, failures, mistakes, and missteps.

When Heroes Fall

What do we do and what can learn and how can we help?

Rubel Shelly reminds us of the moral climate behind the messes that we often cause and the way out of the mess we are in.

When You Can't Hide Your Mistakes

What do you do when you've failed and you can't hid it?

Max Lucado reminds us that pride often keeps us in failure and compounds mistakes and sinks us deeper in sin.

When It's Your Time, Take a Stand — Own Up

What do you do when you mess up?

Ron Rose reminds us to own our mistakes, stand up, and look for God's presence to carry us going forward.

Back to Basics

Isn't it about time to get rid of the fluff and get back to the basics?

Rubel Shelly uses the recent world series and a few Casey Stengel stories about the early days of the Mets to remind us that the we need to get back to the basics of what we do as believers: love God and love each other.

Good News about Tomorrow

There's a wave of truthfulness headed down the pipeline!

Rubel Shelly talks about his medical ethics class and the importance these students put on telling the truth in all situations.