The Dangerous Error of Self-Anointing


There’s a sober warning to readers of the Bible in the very beginning of 1 Kings that should cause every one of us to pause and examine our hearts before the Lord. A lack of discipline, regard for God's promises, and care for God's kingdom may be at the root of our own sinfulness and behaviors.

To Reap Abundantly, Embrace the Mess


“Where there are no oxen, the manger is clean, but abundant crops come by the strength of an ox.” — Proverbs 14:4 Everybody loves a clean house or desk or workshop. After several hours of tidying and organizing my living room, kitchen, and kids’ playroom, there’s a sense of relaxation, a sigh of easiness, and proud moment of success. Then, life happens. Meals made, toy boxes emptied (dumped!)...

Fulfilling the Great Commission by Obeying the Law of Christ


“Bear one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ.” — Galatians 6:2 As creatures, we were fashioned with an intrinsic drive to work and to cultivate that which is placed before us for our own prosperity. Every human inherits this inward drive. In the book of Genesis, this was expressed in the form of a command of God to Adam to be “fruitful and multiply” and to “fill the earth...

Hope for the Already-Weary


…Hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us. – Romans 5:5 The beginning of the year is a perfect time to form new habits. A fresh start and an optimistic outlook are great motivating factors for developing healthy disciplines like eating healthy, starting a Bible reading plan, or spending more time each...