The Cross Done By Us

Don’t allow Christ’s sufferings to be simply a theological concept . Too often we distance ourselves from the suffering’s of Christ. We place blame on Judas or the Jews or the Romans. True, Judas betrayed Christ. He was a zealot with a passion to see Christ take Rome by force and was motivated by greed.…

Spurgeon Against Levity

We must conquer, some of us especially, our tendency to levity. A great distinction exists between holy cheerfulness, which is a virtue, and that general levity, which is a vice. There is a levity which has not enough heart to laugh, but trifles with everything. It is flippant, hollow, unreal. A hearty laugh is no…

Slow Down

“Many people fail to make progress in the spiritual life because they are attached to activities that seem to be important . . . blinded by their desire for ceaseless motion, for a constant sense of achievement, famished with crude hunger for results, for visible and tangible success, they work  themselves into a state in…

When Character is Revealed

I have often thought and even verbalized, “I don’t want to assess someone’s character in the midst of their worst moments.” I suppose some of this was out of compassion for that individual and a desire to extend grace, but it likely included a healthy dose of wanting others to extend the same consideration to…

Ryan Throws up Like You

[Warning! This story includes children throwing up.  The title may not have given that away.  This story is not for the faint at heart or the weak in stomach. Dakota rates it PG.] A sure sign that your vacation may not go as planned is when you wake up the first night to your wife…

Act Ourselves into a New Way of Feeling?

Many of us are under the impression “that if we don’t feel something there can be no authenticity in doing it. But the wisdom of God says something different, namely, that we can act ourselves into a new way of feeling much quicker than we can feel ourselves into a new way of acting.” Choosing…

Our Problems Are Inside of Us

If you are able to convince yourself that your biggest deepest problems are outside of you, not inside of you, you no longer are interested in God’s grace. Because you devalue your sense of need, you will always minimize your need for the forgiving, transforming power of God’s grace. The most beautiful thing the grace…