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The best way to thrive in uncertain times

  Suddenly a furious storm came up on the lake, so that the waves swept over the boat. But Jesus was sleeping. – Matthew 8:24 As the crowds gathered, Jesus avoided them (Matthew 8:18). A challenge awaited his followers. As they crossed the lake, a strong storm reared its head. No warnings. No chimes spoke their piece about changing winds. The National Weather Service did not issue a weather advisory. Storm sirens fell asleep. And so did Jesus—literally. You can imagine the panic. The winds came out of nowhere; the… Read More

When we get where we’re going 

    “… This inheritance is kept in heaven for you, who through faith are shielded by God’s power until the coming of the salvation that is ready to be revealed in the last time.” -1 Peter 1:4 My all-time favorite song is Brad Paisley’s “When I Get Where I’m Going” featuring Dolly Parton. It’s a simple song. But it gives us three essential truths about heaven.   Truth #1: Heaven will be full of adventure  Or I might find out what it’s like to ride a drop of rain… Read More

Who are you?

  But to all who did receive him, who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God – John 1:12 Ask someone who they are, and they might say, “I’m a pilot” or “I am a reporter.” Others might want to be known by their hobbies: reader, gamer, writer, or kite-flyer. It’s tempting to base our life on what we do. We desire recognition. The truth is, we are not what we do, but who God says we are. We are His children.  The world… Read More

True meekness

  Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth. – Matthew 5:5  What are your positions of power? Maybe you are a parent raising your children, a middle manager guiding a team, or the head honcho calling the shots.  Would the people you lead call you meek?  We find ourselves upended in our roles of leadership whenever we put our station in life ahead of our Savior, Jesus Christ. Other translations of the Bible use “gentle” in Matthew 5:5, which comes from the Greek word meaning “mild; mildness… Read More

Live like Jesus

  “Therefore everyone hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock.” -Matthew 7:24 The towers of my sandcastle stood tall. My fortress seemed steady. The outer wall kept all others from destroying my creation. But then the wind picked up. The tide kept pushing. My castle did not stand a chance. Sand is weak. Jesus says foolish people build their lives on sand (Matthew 7:26), and wise people build their lives on solid rock (v. 24)…. Read More