With God, the end of your story has not been written – Ezekiel 20, Part 2

Editor’s Note: Thanks to guest blogger David Hundert for continuing the Ezekiel series this week. Have you ever felt like things are so bad, there’s no hope? The “story” is ending at the moment of failure, and there is no way things could possibly turn around. Life can seem like that. But with God, there’sContinue reading “With God, the end of your story has not been written – Ezekiel 20, Part 2”

How a prophetic word can change your life (and the world) – Intro to Ezekiel, Part 5

I am excited to start studying this prophetic book of Ezekiel.  Prophets are often conceived of people who predict the future.  They seem glamorous.  They hear from God.  What I have come to learn, and this is only bolstered by my introductory studies of Ezekiel, is that the prophetic life is not glamorous, and itContinue reading “How a prophetic word can change your life (and the world) – Intro to Ezekiel, Part 5”

How to change, when change seems impossible – Colossians 3:5-11, Part 5

Have you ever felt like the guy in the picture? He seems afraid to take off the mask. Changing ourselves can be very difficult, even when we want to change. But it is possible. Keep reading to discover how. Today we conclude our study through Colossians 3:5-11, which we started here. In verse 10, PaulContinue reading “How to change, when change seems impossible – Colossians 3:5-11, Part 5”

Show vulnerability when you feel like an outsider – Honest Advent Week 1, Part 5

There’s one more story of vulnerability that I want us to learn from.  Turn to Luke 19:1-9.  At this point in the story of Jesus, he is on the way to Jerusalem where he will face his destiny.  But Jesus is not quite there yet.  He is passing through the nearby city of Jericho.  CrowdsContinue reading “Show vulnerability when you feel like an outsider – Honest Advent Week 1, Part 5”

How to recover when you’ve squandered your potential – Characters: Samson, Part 5

Samson is an illustration of a man with unbelievable potential for good, yet who allows himself to be degraded by his lusts and revenge.  There is such a lack of desire in his life to follow God, to keep his Nazarite vow, which could have and should have guided him to lead Israel back toContinue reading “How to recover when you’ve squandered your potential – Characters: Samson, Part 5”

How one family’s drama was healed – Characters: Joseph, Part 5

In this Characters installment, we have been following the family drama in the life of Joseph, one of the patriarchs of ancient Israel. His is a story of extremes. Joseph lost his mother in childhood, but was his father’s favorite. His father loved him, but his brothers hated him. He had dreams from God aboutContinue reading “How one family’s drama was healed – Characters: Joseph, Part 5”

How to respond to family drama – Characters: Joseph, Part 4

How do you respond to family drama? Roll your eyes? Frustration? Anger? Weeping? It is particularly difficult when it is the kind of family drama that has hurt you. When your family has betrayed you, the pain can go so deep. Have you ever experienced that? What should you do? How should you respond? InContinue reading “How to respond to family drama – Characters: Joseph, Part 4”

The world-changing power of forgiveness – Philemon 8-25, Part 4.

Have you ever been in a situation where you needed to forgive someone who hurt you? Did you find it difficult to do so? It can be scary to forgive, especially when the pain runs deep. Will that person respect your forgiveness? What if they hurt you again? Are they really sorry? How do youContinue reading “The world-changing power of forgiveness – Philemon 8-25, Part 4.”

How to have restorative church discipline – Titus 1:10-16, Part 2

When you discover troublemakers in the church, what is a faithful way to respond to them? Confrontation is difficult, so we might be tempted to avoid the troublemakers and think the problem will work itself out on its own. It rarely does, though. Instead, as we will see in our continuing study of Titus 1:10-16,Continue reading “How to have restorative church discipline – Titus 1:10-16, Part 2”

How lament can bring beautiful restoration

Throughout this second week of Advent 2017, we’ve been talking about restoration from Psalm 85.  We’ve seen how God is at work to bring restoration and revival.  We’ve also learned our responsibility to work alongside God.  It can seem too hard sometimes when the restoration is going to require lots of sacrifice and effort.  SoContinue reading “How lament can bring beautiful restoration”