Posts tagged “Purpose”
Flawed but Blessed: Why Does God Love Me?
Despite God’s promise to bless Jacob, he hustled his brother. What seemed small started a pattern of behavior that ruined Jacob’s family and nearly destroyed his life. This account warns us of the “small” sins that become a pattern of something greater. Finally, it serves as a contrast with Jesus, who chose to give up his birthright of blessing to sinners like us.
God plays a long game
Try as we might, we can’t see into the future. We can guess, plot probabilities, and make predictions, but our ideas could be totally…
That’s Messed Up: God’s Cleaning Solution
The ending of Bible book of Judges requires an adult I.D. to read. A woman chopped into pieces and mailed throughout Israel? That’s really messed up! But the Spirit inspired this story to prove two points. First, that life falls apart when everyone does what he or she thinks is right. Second, that God does not give up on people after the most disgusting sins.
That’s Messed Up: Press on in Faith
Gideon seemed so good. The humble farmer who became a Sunday school hero. But the fame went to his head, and good ol’ Gideon died as a spiritual adulterer and snare for his people. That’s messed up! But the story reminds us to fight the good fight through the final round, run the race until the last step, and worship God until our final breaths.
Get Over Yourself
The teachers of the law knew Jesus spoke his scathing parable of the tenants against them. Yet instead of repenting, they looked for a way to kill Jesus. They cared more about their embarrassment than their relationship with God. How about you? Will you cling to your image? Or will Jesus become marvelous in your eyes?
You’ll make it
The incarnation of Jesus is the centerpiece of human history for many reasons. God taking on human flesh sends a powerful message of how…
Where Does Your Validation Come From?
In a world where it’s normal to seek validation to prove how good we are, we can be different instead by following this example.
Measure Your Impact by Being Personal
It’s normal to think that the bigger the platform, the bigger the influence. Be different. Be like Jesus.
Be Slow to Speak, Quick to Listen
It’s normal to want to change people’s minds and behaviors. But instead, look for opportunities to spend time with people the way Jesus did.
Why did you let me get my hopes up?
We don’t know her name; the Bible only calls her the Shunammite. This wealthy woman loved God and provided for his prophet Elisha. Deep…
Staying Calm When Others Freak Out
While everyone else freaks out about today’s contentious issues, here’s why you can remain calm.
Called to Be Different
It can be exhausting these days to try to have a civil conversation over disagreements. But that’s also why it’s a golden opportunity for Christians to be different.