Following Christ will cost. Something. Everything. Listen, its worth it. There will be times where life is seemingly easy. Like somehow the winds of change have ended and the wind is at your back. In those moments youll thank Jesus, speak as if its always been this way, and basically love the Lord with ease. But following Christ will cost, also.
Like when the winds at your back seemingly move to the front. They are pressing against you. Hitting your forehead like a freight train. It could be financial headwinds, job related, family related. It doesnt matter what the circumstance is, the headwinds of life can be brutal. Fatiguing. Eroding. In those moments youll struggle. Youll ask, Wheres God? Youll wonder. Wander. (more…)
5 Firsts That Matter in 2015
I want to get this post into your mind right now, with some time to spare. So go ahead, read it now, and when you’re done reading set a calendar appointment next week to spend some time with yourself. Then go enjoy Christmas, and after the eggnog is gone reflect on what 2015 might become!
For some, a New Year symbolizes a pat on the back or a token for a job well done in the previous 12 months. For most, it’s kind of like a smack in the face that says a great big, “What are you waiting for?” I’ve had those moments where I needed to get started on the future, and like they say, there’s no time like the present.
In my own life, I use the time after Christmas to reflect and redirect. It’s a time to ease back on the throttle just a bit and ask some important and legitimate questions.
We continually remember before our God and Father your work produced by faith, your labor prompted by love, and your endurance inspired by hope in our Lord Jesus Christ. 1 Thessalonians 1:3
What makes Jesus so great? Is it solely because He is a King and He is Lord of all? Maybe Jesus is great because He can heal the sick and perform great miracles. All of those things are tremendous and well worth mentioning. But if I were to summarize what makes Jesus great, it would be one wordHope. He offers hope. And hope, for times such as these, means everything in our world today.
Although I am a pastor, I really dont like being too preachy, thats just not my style. Id much prefer conversations face to face. I like connecting heart to heart. I prefer gathering around a matter that means a lot to you. Im much more into the personal approach. With that said, I really have to be honest with you and risk it all. Its way too important not to broach this subject with you. (more…)