Morning Musing: Romans 1:11-12

“For I long to see you, that I may impart to you some spiritual gift to strengthen you— that is, that we may be mutually encouraged by each other’s faith, both yours and mine.”‬‬ (ESV – Read the chapter)

Have you ever tried to do a job for two people all by yourself? That’s no easy feat. Depending on the exact nature of the task, it may be impossible. The fact is, life was not meant to be done alone. Even if we happen to be physically capable enough to handle most of it, relationally and emotionally we’re going to run into trouble. Life is better with company.

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Morning Musings: Psalm 139:4

“Even before a word is on my tongue, behold, O Lord, you know it altogether.”  (ESV – Read the chapter)

Have you ever struggled with feeling known?  One of the challenges of social media today is that a person can have hundreds, even thousands of followers, but no one who really knows them.  We need to be known.  This desire isn’t just a symptom of an unhealthy ego, it is a fundamental need as humans. Read the rest…

Digging in Deeper: Hebrews 3:13

“But exhort one another every day, as long as it is called ‘today,’ that none of you may be hardened by the deceitfulness of sin.”  (ESV – Read the chapter)

Battling sin is a task for today.  We live in a world of doing the hard stuff later and the fun stuff now.  Battling sin isn’t fun.  It’s hard.  It’s dangerous.  It brings guarantees of success, yes, but also of pain.  And yet it is a task we cannot put off until tomorrow.  We must tackle it today. Read the rest…

Morning Musings: Romans 14:1

“As for the one who is weak in faith, welcome him, but not to quarrel over opinions.”  (ESV)

So many fights in the church are over issues that are far less significant than we have made them.  Often someone has read something in the Scriptures (even in community) with a desire to apply what he’s seen, but, in his efforts to apply the Scriptures, he’s given too much power and position to the issue.  The result is an insistence on a certain behavior that, while not necessarily unwise, much less sinful, is an unnecessary restriction on the freedom we have available to us in Christ.   Read the rest…

Morning Musings: Proverbs 18:17

“The one who states his case first seems right, until the other comes and examines him.”  (ESV)

When we are on our own, our ideas almost always seem great.  We can convince ourselves of anything.  This does not, however, mean our ideas are always good.  In fact, if we are thinking entirely on our own, the likelihood that we are thinking off track runs pretty high.   Read the rest…