Callus Free Hearts

“Cut away the thick calluses from your heart and stop being so willfully hard-headed. God, your God, is the God of all gods, God is the Master of all masters, a God immense and powerful and awesome. God doesn’t play favorites, takes no bribes, makes sure orphans and widows are treated fairly, takes loving care…

Take Your Next Best Step

Hebrews 3: 12 – 19 “So watch your step, friends. Make sure there’s no evil unbelief lying around that will trip you up and throw you off course, diverting you from the living God. For as long as it’s still God’s Today, keep each other on your toes so sin doesn’t slow down your reflexes.…

Trust the Process

Hebrews 3: 1-5 “So, my dear Christian friends, companions in following this call to the heights, take a good hard look at Jesus. He’s the centerpiece of everything we believe, faithful in everything God gave him to do. Moses was also faithful, but Jesus gets far more honor. A builder is more valuable than a…

Trusting Your Heart

Joel 2: 12, 13 “Even now,” declares the Lord,     “return to me with all your heart,     with fasting and weeping and mourning.”  Rend your heart     and not your garments. Return to the Lord your God,     for he is gracious and compassionate, slow to anger and abounding in love,     and he…

Lenten Opportunity

Isaiah 43: 18, 19 “Forget the former things;     do not dwell on the past. See, I am doing a new thing!     Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the wilderness     and streams in the wasteland. “Lent is intended to lead us into an always…

Changing Our Minds

Isaiah 30: 15 “In repentance and rest is your salvation, in quietness and trust is your strength….” Repentance, in the original Greek the word metanoia, means “to change one’s mind.” Following spiritual transformation, repentance is the action of changing how one lives because one’s heart has been converted. Repentance as a spiritual practice of Lent…

“To feast we must first fast”

Isaiah 58: 6 “Is not this the kind of fasting I have chosen: to loose the chains of injustice and untie the cords of the yoke, to set the oppressed free and break every yoke?” “What are you giving up for Lent?” If you’re connected to a congregation that observes the church year, this may…