Archives For peace

Peace be With You

May 6, 2015

My wife and I have recently come off a transition in our roles. We successfully passed off many of our leadership responsibilities to men and women we trained up and walked with.

This is every leaders dream and greatest moment of success, to see something you’ve begun outlast you and be improved by another.

It can also be a place of great insecurity.

In our mission, many leaders hang on to titles far too long for fear of no longer having a voice.

We were not afraid of a loss of influence, but freedom to invest in whatever you want sounds both fantastic and terrifying at the same time.

There have been moments of insecurity and near panic attacks for me. My wife has been dealing with debilitating migraines.

Our dream of “doing whatever we want” has not gone quite as envisioned.

Let Hope In

December 15, 2013

Hope connects to so many other topics. In his book, Let Hope in: 4 Choices That Will Change Your Life Forever, Pete Wilson hits on many things, so much so there will literally be something for everyone in this book.

He touches on how hope can be hindered by our past, by guilt, shame, and regret.

He also speaks of many attributes which can promote hope in our lives. Things such as trusting god, forgiveness, and love.

The one which challenged me the most is that of gratitude.

Whenever I see things about this topic, I am drawn to them as a magnet is drawn towards steel. I believe it is because this is an area of my life I could grow in.

My wife says I can be negative. I tend towards saying I am realistic. But if I am honest, I know she is right. (wives usually are)

Where is God When…?

November 6, 2013

When tragedy strikes, a question on the heels of this event involves some form of “Where is God?”

As the horrors on the nightly news bombard us, it is simple to surmise God must have wound up the universe and let it go.

Otherwise, we head down a path of unanswerable questions.

If God is all-powerful, why didn’t he stop this?
When the Bible promises God works for our good, how can bad things happen?
Why do bad things happen to good people?

Phillip Yancey has made a career of exploring these difficult questions. His pursuit stems from his childhood and early writing career. When investigating tragedy, Christians “often made it worse by offering contradictory and confusing counsel.”

God is punishing you.
“It’s Satan!”
“God has afflicted you out of love, not punishment.”

We, like Yancey, often have no idea how to respond to these statements.

Trusting God

February 4, 2013

When life seems out of control, where do we turn for our anchor in the storm? Can we find peace through trusting God?

Do we find secure in finances or retirement accounts?
Do we feel safe if we own personal guns or firearms?
Do we depend on earthly governments to produce a sense of peace in our lives?

Some run to addictions, others to false comforts.

There is only one secure place we can run; into the unchanging character of God.

While our life experiences and emotions change each day, God remains the same. Certain things about God are always true.The Bible includes many passages on the following traits:

God is all-knowing
God is all-powerful
God is everywhere
God is in control
God does not change

The Christian Disease

October 9, 2012

Weariness, fatigue, headaches, and general tiredness are often minor symptoms of a more serious, underlying sickness.

This is true in both medicine and in Christianity.

Consider many of the commands the Bible offers:

  • “Be holy as I am holy” (1 Peter 1:16)
  • “As you forgive, so you will be forgiven.” (Luke 6:37)
  • “Let no unwholesome talk come out of your mouths.”(Ephesians 4:29)
  • “Flee youthful lusts” (2 Timothy 2:22)
  • “Do not…”
  • “Avoid…”
  • “Stop…”

Anyone feeling tired? Do you feel worn out at the thought of living up to these standards?

Perhaps we should check this Christianity at the door and find something with a few less rules and fine print. Maybe something like the IRS instruction manual for taxes!