Remixed: Worship, Work and Witness

Remixed: Worship, Work and Witness

www. We type these three letters multiple times a day. We seldom stop to think what they represent – world wide web. We only know that they take us to lots of places and people and information all over the world. WWW is the link to the information age and a tool used by billions of people everywhere every single day. Let’s transform www to represent: worship, work, and witness. Let’s examine the lives of Mary, Martha, and Lazarus in John 12: 1-11. Let’s be inspired by how each of their three living examples challenge us personally to devote our …

Headed to Heaven

Headed to Heaven

Everyone recognizes the brilliant physicist Albert Einstein and his famous equation E = mc2 (even though many of us have no clue what it means). The story is told that while traveling on a train, Dr. Einstein was unable to find his ticket when the conductor came by. He frantically looked in his pockets, briefcase, seat beside him, but to no avail. The kind conductor reassured him, “Dr. Einstein, I know who you are. We all know who you are. I’m sure you bought a ticket. Don’t worry about it..” The conductor continued down the aisle and then turned to …

Remain In Me

Remain In Me

  “Remain in me, and I will remain in you. No branch can bear fruit by itself; it must remain in the vine. Neither can you bear fruit unless you remain in me.” John 15: 4 The word remain is used not once or twice, but ELEVEN times in the first ten verses of John 15. Perhaps Jesus, knowing what was ahead for the disciples, felt a sense of urgency to underscore the importance of remaining. We, too, face difficult and challenging circumstances. And, like those disciples then, the means for us to survive as His disciples today is to …

Running Our Leg of the Race

Running Our Leg of the Race

“As you sent me into the world, I have sent them into the world.” John 17: 18 Meet Balto, a Siberian Huskey sled dog pictured here with Norwegian immigrant Gunnar Kaasen. Balto became famous in 1925 when he was the lead sled dog in the final relay carrying life-saving medication from Anchorage to Nome, Alaska. This relay has come to be known as the “Great Race of Mercy.” An epidemic of diphtheria had broken out in Nome, several children had died, and the lives of hundreds of other children were endangered by this highly contagious disease. The life-saving serum was …

We Run Because We Know Him

We Run Because We Know Him

“Now this is eternal life: that they may know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom you have sent.”  John 17: 3 Eternal life is all wrapped up in knowing God. There is no other way to receive eternal life. It’s not enough to just believe Jesus is God’s son – even the demons do that. Real believing leads to knowing. To bowing and committing our lives to Jesus Christ. I want to ask you a very direct and pointed question today: Do you know God? DO YOU KNOW GOD? Not just know about Him? Not just know …

We Run For the Glory of God

We Run For the Glory of God

  “I have brought you glory on earth by completing the work  you gave me to do.”  John 17: 4 Jesus, the Holy One of God, chose to willingly set aside His glory in heaven to be constrained by human flesh. Paul says this about Jesus: “…he humbled himself and became obedient to death even death on a cross!” Philippians 2: 8 If Jesus is our example for how we are to bring glory to God, there’s pretty not much of anything left on the table.  We may not be asked to die physically (or we might), but how is …

Write the Word 1

Write the Word 1

Write the Word: WORD [Scripture, Precepts, Statutes, etc.]   Do you want your children to be prosperous and successful? It’s not a trick question, but it’s not one we usually discuss in Sunday School or Bible Study. As parents, we do want our children to: Land a good job Graduate from college, or trade school, or whatever training they need, debt-free Pay their own bills Own their own home and pay off their mortgage early When we think on the topic of finances and vocation, other worthy goals might come to mind: some metrics we may associate with “prosperity and …

Write the Word 2

Write the Word 2

    Psalm 119: Words on the WORD Scripture, Precepts, Statutes, etc.   {Inspiration from Psalm 119: Part 2 of 3}   It was just too difficult to choose only ten verses to pray back to God from the many wonderful ones found in Psalm 119! Here are more prayer prompts from scripture, to guide you in praying for those you love: Psalm 119: 4 Your statutes are my delight; they are my counselors. O God, let Your Word be the first priority for my children when they need advice and counsel. Psalm 119: 30 I have chosen the way …

Write the Word Rest

Write the Word Rest

  I delight in your decrees; I will not neglect your word. Psalm 119: 16   Do you find delight in the Word of God? Do you want to? Will you choose to make the Psalmist’s words both your proclamation and your petition? Will you ask the Spirit of God to help you make the Word of God your daily priority? As you and I will ourselves to “not neglect the Word,” our just-do-it commitment will be transformed to delight. Our have-to will become a want-to.  As God’s Word becomes your delight, I’m convinced blessing upon blessing will roll back …

Pray the Word

Pray the Word

Psalm 119: Words on the WORD Scripture, Precepts, Statutes, etc. If you are writing along with us monthly, welcome to Write the WORD, Part II. With 150 verses to choose from, there were too many for only one monthly bookmark! Whether you’ve been journaling along with us for months or are just now joining, I pray you will be blessed by these words on the WORD. Inevitably, when I’m challenging others to incorporate God’s Word into their daily lives, I will land in Psalm 119. I can think of no better passage to extol the benefits and blessings of reading …

Pray the Word 2

Pray the Word 2

  Inspiration from Psalm 119: Part 2 of 3       It was just too difficult to choose only ten verses to pray back to God from the many wonderful ones found in Psalm 119! Here are more prayer prompts from scripture, to guide you in praying for those you love: Psalm 119: 4 Your statutes are my delight; they are my counselors. O God, let Your Word be the first priority for my children when they need advice and counsel. Psalm 119: 30 I have chosen the way of faithfulness; I have set my heart on your laws. …

Pray the Word 3

Pray the Word 3

      I hope you have been writing and praying God’s Word from Psalm 119. Below is the final set of ten verses, with prayers inspired by this rich chapter. Please join with me in praying God’s Words back to Him for those we love and cherish. Psalm 119: 60 I will hasten and not delay to obey your commands. Lord, help my children to understand that delayed obedience is disobedience. Give me wisdom to teach them this truth so they will be adults who hasten to obey You and Your Word. Psalm 119: 71 It was good for …