Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Rejoice


The apostle Paul's words are so simple to remember: "Rejoice in the Lord always!"  But how much do they impact my living?

The implication is simple: joy is a choice. Even when life is difficult, joy is a choice. When my younger sister dies, when my husband can't find work that he can be passionate about, when I want to write but fear failure, when any of these fill my days--joy is still my choice. 

Am I willing to launch myself on this simple truth?  




Monday, January 26, 2015

Freedom

We recognize freedom when we meet it. The gospel promises freedom, a freedom that so much of the world rejects.

The gospel promises freedom and Jesus Christ gives freedom, but the church is often not the place to find this freedom.  Why?

We recognize freedom when we meet it. It is not just men, but women also who recognize freedom when they experience it and this promise of freedom has long drawn women to investigate the gospel of Jesus Christ.

Then once we respond to this offer of freedom we find ourselves in a church that feels more like a prison. We become the prisoners looking for the promised life of freedom.

But freedom is intended to be real, so how do we fight the chains that aim to bind each and every one of us?

The church has always had to struggle to keep the freedom real.

In his letter to the Galatians, the apostle Paul dealt with this very topic when he faced people trying to force their standards on the young church--standards that did not have the support of Jesus' gospel.

"This matter arose because some false believers had infiltrated our ranks to spy on the freedom we have in Christ Jesus and to make us slaves. We did not give in to them for a moment, so that the truth of the gospel might be preserved for you. " (Galatians 2:4-5 NIV)

The freedom in the church must be intentionally pursued when it is endangered. We do this by simply living the life Jesus has called us to. When we live the love and the truth we have in Christ, we will find our freedom.


Friday, January 23, 2015

Whispers

But be sure to fear the Lord and serve him faithfully with all your heart; consider what great things he has done for you.  
1 Samuel 12:24 NIV

Always I come back to hearts. There's where the passion exists. There's where you find life rather than existence. And deep inside each one of us God whispers through our hearts. It is true that many other things tug at our hearts with excruciating volume, but God continues to whisper all the way through our lives.