How can we have unity?

Before he was betrayed, Jesus spent time in prayer for both himself and his followers (see John 17). He prayed for the men he had chosen and even for those who would believe through their work. His concern was for unity among his followers.

He prayed, “I do not ask for these only, but also for those who will believe in me through their word, that they may all be one, just as you, Father, are in me, and I in you, that they also may be in us, so that the world may believe that you have sent me” (John 17:20-21 ESV). Sadly, unity at times seems to allude Christians. Perhaps that is why so few today believe in Jesus. Continue reading “How can we have unity?”

Inner lamp focus

If we pause long enough to take inventory of our lives, why get up in the morning? What drives our lives? Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount is both frank and realistic. People embody different answers.

Whatever driving force might guide our life, Jesus called it our “lamp.” He then drilled down into the profound significance of how our lamp impacts us.  Isn’t that just like him?
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Faulty Feelings

They are real. They are so convincing. We cannot ignore them. They often influence how we respond to others. We express them with words such as: “I’m on top of the world,” “I just don’t see any solution,” “Everything is just fine,” or “I’m stuck.” We call them feelings and they are extremely powerful in influencing how we perceive our lives and the world around us. Have you ever tried to convince someone who was fearful or constantly worrying that she did not need to feel that way? It is not an easy task is it? To convince someone whose veins … Continue reading Faulty Feelings