Articles Tagged 'Rut'

This Brutal World

This Brutal World

Life is a dangerous endeavor. We pass our days in the shadows of ominous realities.

Max Lucado reminds us to be courageous in our times of trouble for we have put our faith in the one who has conquered.

Looking Beyond the Fireworks

Looking Beyond the Fireworks

Peter thought it was good to be in that moment in time, but he had no idea the greatness of Jesus that he was missing!

Phil Ware reminds us not to miss the truth about Jesus by getting too caught up in the heavenly fireworks of the Transfiguration.

Rebellious Confusion

Rebellious Confusion

The story of the Tower of Babel is a reminder of the confusion that ultimately results from refusing to obey God's will.

James Nored and Phil Ware share in thought and video several important truths about the Tower of Babel story and the human resistance to the will of God.

In Our Hands

In Our Hands

The Father has given us a simple way of remembering the significance of this Supper: our hands!

Phil Ware continues his series of Communion devotionals called 'Beyond Bread and Wine' with a reminder that our often taken for granted hands can lead us to a profound grace!

Another Perspective

Another Perspective

Was 2016 a hard year? So how are you going to face 2017?

Byron Ware reminds us that even after a very hard year in 2016, we have good news to carry with us in 2017!

Puppies for Sale and Hearts Open to Help

Puppies for Sale and Hearts Open to Help

Moving from empathy to compassionate engagement!

Brian McCutchen reminds us that empathy leads us to act in ways that compassionate and caring.

The Lord is Near: Promises

The Lord is Near: Promises

Some promises matter more because of when they are made!

Phil Ware shares his second in a series focused on Jesus' promises to never leave us or forsake us.

How Big Is Our Aquarium?

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?

Love: The Deep and The Quiet

Love: The Deep and The Quiet

Love means so much more than a warm fuzzy feeling; it means we act differently.

Ann Voskamp's article on love and the river is merged with Delirious? and Martyn Smith's song Find Me in the River.

What Love Says

What Love Says

When others say unkind things about people, what do you say?

Max Lucado reminds us that love protects when others speak untruth, spread gossip, or destroy reputations.

Thankful in ALL Circumstances

Thankful in ALL Circumstances

Caught between Thanksgiving and Christmas and in a life full of challenges and pains, what do we do?

Brian McCutchen reminds us to trust God and learn that our current circumstances aren't forever and that God can lead us to a new place.

'yada, yada, yada'

'yada, yada, yada'

How do you cope with a world gone crazy and violent and depressing in the time you are supposed to give thanks?

Ann Voskamp reminds us of the yada in Thanksgiving and redefines it to fit the truth of God.

Heartbroken!

Heartbroken!

In the middle of our grief, loss, and brokenness, we must remember that we are not alone in our brokenness.

Phli Ware reminds us that God shares our pain in our worst moments of grief and loss, God is heartbroken with us.

How to Discredit Christianity

How to Discredit Christianity

Want to know how to make unbelievers disbelieve even more?

Rubel Shelly reminds us that wild predictions about Jesus' return on specific dates often are used by sceptics to discredit Christianity.

When Life Takes You Off Guard

When Life Takes You Off Guard

We need to remember that hardship and family dysfunction and unfairness are not new for God's people and are the backdrop of their courageous lives of faith.

Rubel Shelly reminds us that the heroes of scripture had to endure many of the same kinds of challenges we do, that is what makes their witness so powerful.

Discovering 'My Truth'

Discovering 'My Truth'

Does it really matter if we simply adjust our definition of truth to fit our own way of living?

Rubel Shelly reminds us that while we can adjust many things to fit our lifestyle and personal reality, truth is still truth despite our protestations and personal journey.

The Emmaus Option

The Emmaus Option

How an old journey and a brief meal can help us reshape ourselves... and our world.

Ann Voskamp looks at our ravaged world this summer and uses the image of a ravaged countryside to help us remember the power of sharing scars with the one who bears our sin in his scars.

Four Errors Do Not Make a Home Run

Four Errors Do Not Make a Home Run

Watching and listening to a Little League made me think about following Jesus

Running around the bases because of errors is not a home run. You cannot change the rules. You cannot change God's rules either.

Vanishing Friendship

Vanishing Friendship

What are you going to do to stem the loss of friendship in your life?

Rubel Shelly talks about the repeated and consistent loss of friends and friendship in American culture and how we can combat it.

The Elephant Is Still an Elephant

The Elephant Is Still an Elephant

Truth doesn't stop being truth

There are many opinions, many theories, and many philosophies. But there is an absolute truth: there is only one God and the only way to Him is through Jesus Christ.

Fifty Shades of Grace:Exchanging Gods

Fifty Shades of Grace:Exchanging Gods

What do we say and do in today's charged climate of expectation and demand?

Phil Ware begins a seven week series of posts called Fifty Shades of Grace and will focus on Scripture and the Bible and God and the holy plan for fulfillment and sexuality in Scripture.

Not Left as Orphans

Not Left as Orphans

What can we expect the Spirit to do for us?

Phil Ware continues a short series on the Holy Spirit focusing on John 14 and what it means for Jesus to not leave us as orphans, but to come to us and show himself to us and be in us and make his home with us.

The Scorned Virtue

The Scorned Virtue

Why do we see this as weakness?

Rubel Shelly reminds us of the Christian virtue of humility, which is not thinking less of ourself, but thinking of ourself less.

Refuse to Make Jesus Boring

Refuse to Make Jesus Boring

How can we make the message of life so boringly predictable?

Phil Ware begins a series of 5 messages on Inviting Jesus to church; this one focuses on not making the message of Jesus boring.

Hate Crime or Love Offering?

Hate Crime or Love Offering?

So what, or who, really put Jesus on the cross?

Phil Ware writes on this day after Palm Sunday about Jesus' ultimate destination in Jerusalem, with the triumphal entry, the conflict with the leaders, and his betrayal, death, and resurrection.