In the Bible, the Psalms get very real. They express the nitty gritty of the person’s true fears and emotions as they struggle to find God in the middle of their circumstances. They often begin with tears, doubts, and frustrations, but as the author works through his pain and centers himself on the One who … Continue reading No Need to Mince Words with God!
When Jesus sat down to explain His mission to His disciples, He began by describing the benefits of paying close attention to what He was about to say. In Matthew 5:1-11, He explained that we can have all the blessings we long for if we are hungry and thirsty enough to find them God’s way—the … Continue reading You Are Salty and Bright!
Are you broken? Does it feel as if your life is 5,000-piece puzzle, dumped out of the box, its lid long gone along with its clues as to what to make of this mess? Good news! The One who designed you, crafted you, and sent you out into the world has the blueprint, the tools, … Continue reading Keys to a Blessed Life
The moment you accepted Christ as your Savior, you were completely changed! The changes weren’t visible in the mirror (except as a broad smile, perhaps) and you might not have felt any different in your body. The floating on a cloud feeling you experienced on that mountain top where you met Jesus may have ended … Continue reading Look in the Right Mirror!
Do you believe in Satan? The idea of a personal devil has fallen into disrepute. In a study by the Barna Group released in Faith & Christianity magazine, 60% of Christians surveyed at least somewhat agree with the statement that Satan “is not a living being but a symbol of evil.” Only 26% strongly disagreed … Continue reading Don’t Be Fooled by the Devil
If we are to be content in the ever-whirling world of circumstances, we must first accept and care for ourselves. If we are at war in our own heart over who we are and the way we are, we only fan the flames of misery and dissatisfaction. Am I the only one with a constant … Continue reading Is Self-Satisfaction the Key to Contentment?
We have been looking at Paul as our role model for contentment. Previously we concluded that his tolerance of circumstances didn’t come from a savoir faire attitude but from a single-minded focus on his mission to preach the Good News far and wide to the Gentiles. It is easy to look at Paul and to … Continue reading Made for This
As is often the case, the world around us defines words and circumstances very differently than the Bible does. “Contentment” is one of those words. When I began my New Year’s Resolution to become more content, as the Apostle Paul claimed to be, I assumed I knew what that term meant. It seemed to me … Continue reading What is Contentment?
Perhaps you’ve been hesitant to join me in my goal of being content this year because it seems like the lazy way out. You have areas of your life where you are not satisfied to lean back and say everything is hunky-dory. You want to lose weight and be healthy so you will be around … Continue reading Contentment is Not Complacency
One of the first steps to making a change is to uncover your “why.” As I move toward contentment this year, the answer to this question must be strong enough to push me through obstacles on the path. The hallmarks of contentment are the ability to endure hardship cheerfully, enjoy blessings without a sense of … Continue reading Why Do You Want to Change?