Articles Tagged 'Fish'

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Daily Altar of Grace

God isn't going to accept anything we offer him — our hearts, our Sunday worship, our offerings, our praise, our hopes, our private prayers, our dreams — if we knowingly remain at odds with a brother or sister in Christ.

Phil Ware takes the two love commands of Jesus, the Greatest Commands, and applies them to all of life for a follower of the Lord.

Teach Us to Pray 09: Recalibrating Need

Our prayers often treat God as if he is the free Amazon delivery service for our every whim and want.

Phil Ware with Andy Johnson remind us that our prayer is for the bread we need today, not the extravagance we want for ourselves.

Resurrection 2.6: The Lord of Fresh Starts

Wouldn't life be better if we could have a fresh start after making a mess of things?

Phil Ware continues his series on Resurrection 2.0 focusing on Jesus' loving confrontation of Peter about his arrogance and failure and then restoring him back to ministry.

More Mess than Ministry?

When we choose our way, when we think we must be true to what we feel rather than what Jesus said, we find ourselves opposing the work of Christ.

Phil Ware reminds us that authentic ministry involves listening for the will of God in time in God's presence, genuine compassionate and personal care for those who are broken, and obedience to Jesus as our Lord.

I Doubt It: You Feed Them

Will we hold a miracle in our hands? My experience says, “Yes!”

Phil Ware continues his series on 'I Doubt it' focusing this week on Jesus' challenge to the apostles to feed the five thousand.

How Big Is Our Aquarium?

Why do we have to be the big fish in our small puddle?

Phil Ware looks through The Jesus Window and is led to ask a question of all of us: just how big is our aquarium, just how big is our Jesus?

Destructive Selfies

Click! Click! Oops!

When we only think about ourselves and our projects, we run the risk of trampling others and shattering the faith of those around us.

Purpose

Jesus refused the route of popularity and chose to live for God's purpose.

This post continues Phil Ware's look at the man with leprosy in Mark 1:35-45 and Jesus' loving interaction with the man after he had committed to live out the Father's purpose in his life.

Connecting Those Who Want to Help with Jesus

In a world of so much hurt and so much need, are we going to remain paralyzed to help because of a lack of faith?

Phil Ware continues his series on The Andrew Effect focusing this week on bringing those who want to help others in need to Jesus and connecting them and their resources to the Lord.

The God Who Believes in You

Where do we turn when no one believes in us... including us?

Max Lucado reminds us that God doesn't give up on us even when everyone us, including us, does.

Saved From... Saved For!

We don't want to be swimming with Jonah on the shoreline!

Phil Ware continues with his series on Saved at Sea from the great Bible stories of sea rescues and this time examines Jonah and that he was saved from death for God's great purposes.

Out Fishing the Fisherman

What happens when Jesus confronts us in our area of strength?

Phil Ware continues his series on Saved at Sea looking this week at the call of Simon Peter and the miraculous catch of fish when it shouldn't have happened unless Jesus is Lord.

Fifty Shades?

Is it Grey or Gray?

Patrick Odum writes about 50 Shades of Grey and reminds us to think carefully about our participation and expectation of the movie and our sexuality.

Praise from the Pit

I don't like Jonah, but I do like this!

Stacy Voss reminds us of the story of Jonah and how Jonah praised God from the pit, from the belly of the beast, the fish.

A Major Comeback?

How can this happen?

Phil Ware takes a weird note in his inbox and uses Johnny Cash and his comebacks to remind us that Jesus gives us the ultimate comeback, he forgives, purifies, and heals.

No More Miss Nice Girl!

So what's so bad about being

Lisa Mikitarian talks about being younger, being enamored with a biker while in the military, and how being too nice plagued her until she learned the importance of kindness.

Givers and Takers

Where does a giver find the perfect fit for their lifestyle?

Jesus gives to the givers a gift that cannot be repaid. He helps takers move from selfish it selfless.

It's All the Rage

Can you let go of your brick or do you still want to throw it?

Rubel Shelly deals with the growing problem of rage in our world today and examines ways to let go of it.

It's All About Me!

So is it really about me?

Rubel Shelly shares a story from post World War II at Yankee Stadium and helps us understand that self-centeredness may be okay for little kids, but not for us!

Come, Follow Me

Here's your chance to change your life…

Jesus called his disciples to leave comfortable lives in order to receive lives of purpose and a chance to be a part of God's mission in this world

A New Normal

What are you going to do in the new financial environment?

Rubel Shelly reminds us that the economic times, especially the financial downturn, gives us an opportunity to learn new things and establish new values, more biblical values, in our approach to consumption, greed, and ownership.

You Are Witnesses!

What do you have to say about Jesus?

Phil Ware imagines a conversation that the apostle Peter might have had with a visitor to him in prison shortly before his execution.

Big Fish and Lost Worms

God sent his Son to where we were.

Jesus did the difficult thing when he left heaven and came to earth. He did it because that was where we were.

The Church of Me

WHo are we really worshiping?

Patrick Odum talks about the church of me, the selfish style we have in our modern church world.

Cleaning Up Our Act

Are we using cleaning agents that are toxic to others and their faith?

Rubel Shelly reminds us that we need to allow new Christians and inquirers to have time to grow and mature and not subject them to over scrutiny to the point of killing them with caustic cleanliness.