If I treat each plant equally, with the same pot, soil, and sun-exposure … they might survive, but they would not thrive.
Often, the success of a church is based on how many people show up on a Sunday.
When we live in the fear of the Lord and the wonderment of how God created us, it gives us faith. We become unstoppable with God!
If you see a need in your community, maybe it’s God’s calling for you to start something.
In his staff blog, Marco Güete reminiscence on a memorable hiking trip with his friend when he was 17, a fateful encounter with a cow, and the lesson that follows about reflecting on the Lord’s prayer.
God’s plan for future generations continues – despite God’s well-intentioned people sometimes unknowingly working against it. As I hold my grandson, I find myself in the category of being a well-intentioned PopPop who perhaps hopes to influence him towards my way of understanding faith.
How might we engage in releasing more of God’s consuming love in the world? Is there someone you need to do good to instead of calling down fire from heaven?
William’s curiosity and excitement for learning inspired me. I began noticing spider webs, butterflies, sounds, and rocks on our walks. I was eager to learn more about dinosaurs and even how to pronounce their long, complicated names!
Sometimes shame arises from the inability to admit our needs, desires, or failures. Ironically, often our struggle is obvious to others … just like my dad knew we needed help with our bed but didn’t offer to help until we asked for it. What transformations might happen in our lives, families, churches, and institutions if we begin to trust God with our needs, weaknesses, and failures?
As the adult cicadas are dying off here in Baltimore and their young ones are burrowing into the ground for another 17 years, I find my home and yard are becoming livable again. But as I’m tempted to settle into my own peaceful space, God shakes me from my easy comfort and calls me to a new alertness—because none of us are free until all of us are free.
I invite us to consider how we can creatively and faithfully be transformed spiritually and economically by reading the complete story of Zaccheus. Can we accept Jesus’ invitation to come in and dine with us, to repent, and allow God’s economics of jubilee transform our lives?
I’m hoping all of us with children – whatever age they may be – are thinking intentionally about how our life rhythms are forming and shaping them. And more broadly, that every one of us is committed to regular practices that develop and sustain our faith in and relationship with God.
A couple of years ago I began baking the bread that my family eats for sandwiches and toast. The repeated process of kneading the dough, waiting for the yeast to rise, smelling the welcome aroma of freshly baked golden loaves, and snacking on warm slices fresh from the oven has become a time of prayerful reflection for me.