Archive for the ‘Obedience’ category

Spiritual Practice #7: Move Towards Greater Financial Integrity and Generosity

November 23, 2016

blessedLet’s talk about money. We all know that money is necessary – for all sorts of things. I think we also know that money can be dangerous. It can put our spiritual lives, our relationships, and our emotional, mental and physical lives at risk. The apostle Paul isn’t telling us anything we don’t already know when he says, “The love of money is a root of all kinds of evil.”

But money can also be a very good thing. It can serve good and even holy purposes. Generous giving is even mentioned as one of the spiritual gifts (Romans 12:8). So while money can become a curse, it can also be an incredible blessing. (more…)

Coming Clean

January 17, 2012

Let’s face it. There is a deep resistance in all of us to growing spiritually — heck, to growing at all. That may come as a shock to some of us who pride ourselves on being very intentional about our spiritual lives, including our spiritual growth. Many may even deny that it’s true; at least it’s not true of them. They know other people who dig in their heels, but that’s because ‘those people’ aren’t as committed to Jesus as we are. (more…)

Disciples, Not Pros

February 3, 2010

“Take your son, your only son Isaac, whom you love…” (Genesis 22:2).

The Old Testament reading for today is a tough one. It’s the story of Abraham being told to sacrifice his son Isaac. So often in the Bible God or even Jesus does or says things that can make us think, “How could God…?” Thing is, you and I don’t have a clue as to what it takes to run a universe or bring a cosmic dream to fulfillment or even transform a single life. Just as children don’t have a clue as to what it takes to be a parent, our little pea brains cannot begin to connect all the dots or imagine what it takes to be God. (more…)

Essential 100 Challenge: Day 40 — II Kings 25:1-30

February 9, 2009

monotheismFor those of you who are trying to stay up with the Essential 100 Challenge, there isn’t a post on Day 39 because that day’s passage was the focus for yesterday’s sermon. If you’re interested, the sermon should be available on the home page of our website in the next couple of days (

Today’s passage fast-forwards about 400 years to the fall of Jerusalem in 586 B.C.  The person selecting the passages has chosen to spare us the perennial yada, yada, yada of idolatry, injustice and violence. (more…)

Essential 100 Challenge: Days 36, 37, 38; II Sam 11-12, I Kings 2-3,8-9

February 6, 2009

solomonstempleI wonder how many of us start well but finish poorly. New Year’s resolutions, projects around the house, ministry, maybe even this Essential 100 Challenge. Sometimes these words capture not just a specific project or episode in our lives but our lives as a whole. David and Solomon were both kings who started well but finished poorly. (more…)

Essential 100 Challenge: Day 35 — II Samuel 5:1-7:29

February 4, 2009

dancersIn my last post I talked about God’s sovereignty over the devil: but what about over death? When someone dies, people often say things like, “It was his time” or “God wanted her home.” On the other hand, when the cause of death is especially painful, brutal or evil, we’re often inclined to attribute the tragedy to evil forces or even to chance rather than implicate God. (more…)

Essential 100 Challenge: Day 33 — I Samuel 16:1-18:16

February 2, 2009

compass1Today’s reading begins: “The Lord said to Samuel, ‘How long will you mourn for Saul, since I have rejected him as king over Israel?'” So what happened to Saul? Why did God reject him? (more…)