I’m not sure if a preacher should be admitting this, but sometimes I don’t feel like worshiping. We might as well be honest, sooner or later we will suffer spiritual dejection.
Did you know that no less a person than the apostle Paul got discouraged? I wonder if many of his brethren were aware of this?
One dark night while he lay in bed and contemplated the tumultuous events of the day, God spoke to him: Continue reading “Discouragement”
Yes, I talk to my flowers. It is almost always in the most gentle of tones; not because researchers have indicated that this helps them thrive, but because I love them. It’s also very nice that they don’t talk back! It’s better on some days to hear nothing at all than to hear discouraging words.
Some say that music also helps plants, but I’m not going to torture the neighbors by singing to my flowers. Continue reading “If you don’t have anything nice to say…”
Preachers and elders, missionaries and Bible teachers all get burned out, sooner or later. Their bucket is empty.
What causes us to feel we have emptied the bucket? Continue reading “Filling the bucket”
“What’s the point?” “Is this worth the effort?” We have all heard such comments and perhaps even asked such questions in certain situations.
When such thoughts reveal a floundering faith in Christ a physician’s care may be required. Just as athletes might need some athletic tape or analgesic spay to press on, Hebrews offers remedies for going the distance in moments of doubt and discouragement. Continue reading “Remedies for going the distance”
A moment frozen in time. An expression of exuberance and excitement captured within pixels. From slick magazines to rectangles rendered in millions of colors upon a computer screen, snapshots exist in many forms and we know all about them.
However, there is much more to the snapshot than meets the eye. By its very nature, it must distort, not reflect, reality. Look deeper.
Continue reading “The deceitful snapshot”