Life is a Spiritual Obstacle Course [Who’s Responsible for the Obstacles?]

Navigating Life’s Spiritual Obstacle Course I recently watched part of a TV show called American Ninja Warrior . If you haven’t seen it, men and women compete for the best time through a challenging obstacle course where upper body strength is the key to success. One slip and the competitor is done until next year’s competition. […]

It’s Easy To Please God. Do You Know How?

The Bible Is Clear About  How to Please God the Father There is an innate desire within all of us to please others, especially those we hold most dear. Every mom and dad has been touched with joy at receiving a gift from a child. It may have been a bouquet of dandelions or a […]

Worship At Times Requires Our Silence

Silence Is The Least Emphasized Aspect Of Worship When church historians look back on our time it’s likely that it will be noted as a time during which worship received special attention. That doesn’t mean that those who lived before this era didn’t value worship. I grew up in the 1960’s when churches had hymn […]

6 Times When Jesus Chose Solitude Over People

There’s A Place For Solitude In All Our Lives There are two ways we learn from the Bible. The first is how you would expect, through instructions. For example, we’re told, “Be angry and do not sin; do not let the sun go down on your anger” Ephesians 4:32. This verse teaches us that 1) […]

Solitude: 4 Reasons to Put “Nothing” On Your Schedule

Biblical Solitude Is About Being Alone With God A couple of days ago I read a blog post by Charles Stone about 7 Do-Overs after 35 years in Ministry. Three of the items on his list relate to disconnecting from the busyness of life (my words not his). Most of us have such busy lives […]

The Path To Wisdom [It’s Not Easy But It Is Clear]

5 Ways To Find Wisdom Things of value are usually scarce and difficult to acquire. Wisdom fits this description. We all know it isn’t easy to be wise. One popular idea for how to find wisdom is to seek advice from a guru. The way this is often presented is someone makes a dangerous trek […]

God’s Wisdom Has Something for Everyone [Especially You]

God’s Wisdom Can Improve Everyone’s Life The human race is so diverse that there are only a few things we share in common. Abraham Maslow developed a hierarchy of needs all people have that starts with physiological needs. This includes air, water, food, clothing and shelter. It doesn’t matter if you live in the Amazon […]

How The Fear of God Motivated Nehemiah [It’s Not What You Think]

To Fear God Doesn’t Mean To Be Afraid Of Him Toward the end of the Old Testament God raised up a man named Nehemiah to lead in the rebuilding of the walls of Jerusalem. He was a Jewish exile living in Persia. One day he heard news from his brother and other Jews who had […]

Understanding What It Means To Fear God [An Explanation]

Don’t Be Afraid To Fear God A couple of years ago I had the occasion to stop at a pet crematorium. I stopped by to return something I’d borrowed from the owner. Like most people I had never seen a crematorium so I asked if I could look around. The actual crematorium isn’t very big, […]