Articles Tagged 'Mist'

God of Gracious Love

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.

Not All Who Lose Are Losers

Not All Who Lose Are Losers

Sometimes the scoreboard only reveals the game's outcome, not the winners and losers!

Phillip Morrison reminds us that not all who lose are losers, in fact, the greatest victor of all could have been called a loser before he won the greatest victory of all time.

Suffocating Pessimism

Suffocating Pessimism

How are we going to go forward while looking backward with nostalgia?

Rubel Shelly reminds us that while we don't want to be blindly optimistic, there is value in not being a pessimist and always thinking things are worse.

The Foolishness of 'Getting Even'

The Foolishness of 'Getting Even'

Does it really do you any good to get what you want in this circumstance?

Rubel Shelly reminds us that revenge is never sweet because it diminishes us.

How Cowards Become Heroes

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.

But Herod's Time Ended!

But Herod's Time Ended!

The cycle of violence is heartbreaking — will it ever end?

Phil Ware reminds us of the simple, yet powerful words found in the hard story of Jesus' birth and Herod's attempt to murder him at Bethlehem -- But Herod came to an end.

The Second Batch

The Second Batch

When does most awful mess become the opportunity for grace to capture our heart and give us confidence for the future?

Lisa Mikitarian tells us a wonderful story about the Father's grace revealed in a young girl's fall with the cupcakes made to honor her beloved grandmother.

Will this be 'Lucky 13'?

Will this be 'Lucky 13'?

So are you superstitious, or only a little stitious?

Rubel Shelly writes about the New Year, 2013, and talks about what the year will bring and also about being superstitious.

A Temporary Dwelling

A Temporary Dwelling

Everything happens so quickly!

Tom Norvell reminds us that life is temporary and should mean so much so let's grasp what is good and godly while we are here.

A Healthier Image of God

A Healthier Image of God

What are the two great lies Satan tells about God?

Rubel Shelly talks about the two lies satan tells about God and that we often believe, that God tries to limit us and that when we sin God wants to punish us.

Good Intentions

Good Intentions

Sometimes we've just got to admit we blew up before we make a bigger mistake!

Rubel Shelly reminds us of a story told by Ronald Reagan, a joke, that helps us realize that sometimes our best intentions lead to a disaster that we need to admit and take credit for before something worse is done.

Play Misty for Me

Play Misty for Me

What does the mist look like in your life?

Patrick Odum reminds us of the mistiness of life and reminds us to live with a sense of urgency and also anticipation of resurrection and joy.

Of All the Stupid Things

Of All the Stupid Things

What is the dumbest thing you've ever done?

Russ Lawson shares a humorous story about eating off his dog's plate, getting the flu, and also dealing with his own stupid actions in his spiritual life and in his relationships.

A Dad Who Gets It

A Dad Who Gets It

Don't you wish you could handle things as well?

Rubel Shelly reminds us of what good fathers are like and that there are great stories out there to tell about good dads.

David's First Giant

David's First Giant

Why do we keep them at the kids table so long?

Phil Ware looks at the story of David and Goliath and challenges us to not keep our young believers away from risk, faith, and leadership.

A Matter of Perspective

A Matter of Perspective

What is your point of view?

Bill Sherrill reflects on family reunions, perspective, being together, and church.

It's a Matter of Perspective

It's a Matter of Perspective

As I was flying out of Abilene

As I was flying out of Abilene this past summer, I looked out the airplane window and admired how green Texas was.

Faith in the Dry Seasons

Faith in the Dry Seasons

Can faith actually grow when it feels lifeless and dry?

Rubel Shelly talks about faith during the dry cycles of life and how we can endure these dry times to follow God more vibrantly.

Learning from Our 'Mistaks'

Learning from Our 'Mistaks'

What have you learned from your mistakes?

Mike Barres reminds us that mistakes and missteps are a part of life, an dwe can learn from them and grow through them.

Excuse Making

Excuse Making

Come on, now, let's just admit to the truth!

Rubel Shelly confronts our tendency to make excuses for our sins, mistakes, and errors and then try to use softer words to make them not seem so bad.

I Never Make Misakes

I Never Make Misakes

So how perfect are you?

Russ Lawson reminds us that we are imperfect, that we make mistakes, and that God forgives those mistakes and makes us perfect in his sight if we will try to live for him.

Leaving the Past, Living the Kingdom

Leaving the Past, Living the Kingdom

How can I escape my past?

Paul Faulkner reminds us that we need to live for the present to help others and keep our focus on the matters of the Kingdom rather than let our lives get filled with regret for the past.

What Reveals Your Character?

What Reveals Your Character?

So how do you do in those challenging situations?

Phil Ware continues his letters to his grown children Zachary and Megan about the principles his dad tried to instill in him, and this week the focus is on how we treat people that the rest of folks don't feel they have to treat nicely.

Proclaim Liberty Throughout the Land

Proclaim Liberty Throughout the Land

Let's celebrate TRUE freedom

Despite common misconceptions, freedom is not granted by governments, nor won on a battlefield. True freedom comes from God and God alone.

Confessions of a Perfectionist

Confessions of a Perfectionist

None of us can be perfect on our own. Only Jesus and His power can make us perfect.

None of us can be perfect on our own. Only Jesus and His power can make us perfect.