God calms the anxiousness of the humble

Humble yourselves, therefore, under the mighty hand of God so that at the proper time He may exalt you, casting all your anxieties on Him, because He cares for you.  (1 Peter 5:6-7) Anxiousness creeps in when we take upon ourselves the burden of having to figure things out on our own.  Worry takes over when […]

God lifts up the humble heart

Humble yourselves before the Lord, and He will exalt you.  (James 4:10) So much in the Kingdom is counterintuitive.  To live, we must die.  To be free, we must become slaves of Christ.  To be exalted, we must humble ourselves. This seems like exactly the opposite of what we should do, and it can seem […]

Jesus understands your struggle

For because He himself has suffered when tempted, He is able to help those who are being tempted.  (Hebrews 2:18) Do you ever struggle with temptation?  Jesus understands. Do you sometimes wrestle with desires to meet God-given cravings in ungodly ways?  Jesus understands. The particulars of a temptation are not its most powerful element.  Underneath every […]

Jesus can rescue others through you

God’s Hope for Your Heart from Mark 4 JESUS CAN RESCUE OTHERS THROUGH YOU And leaving the crowd, they took Him with them in the boat, just as He was.  And other boats were with Him.  (Mark 4:36) The story of how Jesus calmed a stormy sea is a favorite of many. Every children’s Bible, every […]

God lifts up the humble heart

Scripture Notes on James 4 Humble yourselves before the Lord, and He will exalt you. (James 4:10) So much in the Kingdom is counterintuitive. To live, we must die. To be free, we must become slaves of Christ. To be exalted, we must humble ourselves. This seems like exactly the opposite of what we should do, […]

Jesus gives provision through the Church

Scripture Notes on Mark 10 “Jesus said, ‘Truly, I say to you, there is no one who has left house or brothers or sisters or mother or father or children or lands, for my sake and for the gospel, who will not receive a hundredfold now in this time, houses and brothers and sisters and […]

How to Think of Yourself in the Right Way

Do you ever get the feeling maybe you’re not seeing yourself accurately? “For by the grace given to me I say to everyone among you not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think, but to think with sober judgment, each according to the measure of faith that God has assigned.”  -Romans […]

Why Does “Growing Old” Bother Us?

Thursdays are usually geared towards answering theological questions I receive in my role as a pastor. However, today I wanted to share a piece that’s not quite “theology” as much as it is a meditation on the cross as an answer to our cultural perspective on the signs of aging. I pray it’s an encouragement […]

Grace and Self-Image

It’s hard to see ourselves for who we really are. “For by the grace given to me I say to everyone among you not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think, but to think with sober judgment, each according to the measure of faith that God has assigned.” -Romans 12:3 Paul […]