Are You Turned Off by Worship?

“’Get out of here, Satan,’ Jesus told him. ‘For the Scriptures say, “You must worship the Lord your God and serve only Him.”’” (Matthew 4:10 NLT) Our life-defining worship isn’t what we do when gathered with others, it’s how we live our lives from day to day. Many can get excited about the compelling musicContinue reading “Are You Turned Off by Worship?”

The Greater Work

“But we prayed to our God and guarded the city day and night to protect ourselves.” (Nehemiah 4:9 NLT) Most often, it seems we’re tempted to see prayer as a means to an end rather than an end in itself. When we pray, like Nehemiah, our expectation focuses on what we want God to doContinue reading “The Greater Work”

Seeing Our Work As Sacred (Part 2)

“Work willingly at whatever you do, as though you were working for the Lord rather than for people. Remember that the Lord will give you an inheritance as your reward, and that the Master you are serving is Christ.” (Colossians 3:23-24 NLT) In yesterday’s post we began investigating how our view of work should beContinue reading “Seeing Our Work As Sacred (Part 2)”

Seeing Our Work As Sacred

“For we are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things He planned for us long ago.” (Ephesians 2:10 NLT)   We’re tempted, especially as a new believer, to view what we do to earn a living as “ours,” and what we do in and throughContinue reading “Seeing Our Work As Sacred”

How God Works

“And I am certain that God, who began the good work within you, will continue His work until it is finally finished on the day when Christ Jesus returns.” (Philippians 1:6 NLT) The term “work,” as used in this verse and as generally used in the Bible, means much the same as it means today.Continue reading “How God Works”

Who’s in Charge?

“I will sharpen the pain of your pregnancy, and in pain you will give birth. And you will desire to control your husband, but he will rule over you.” (Genesis 3:16 NLT) These words spoken by God to Eve after the fall reminds me that control is an issue with which we still wrestle. NotContinue reading “Who’s in Charge?”

Following Jesus

“Jesus called out to them, ‘Come, follow Me, and I will show you how to fish for people!’” (Matthew 4:19 NLT) The verse above gives us the words Jesus used to call His first disciples – Simon (Peter) and his brother Andrew, who were fishermen by trade. To some of His disciples, like Matthew, JesusContinue reading “Following Jesus”