I heard a Christmas song the other day with the refrain “a baby came and everything changed.” As I reflected on the lyrics, I knew the idea in them was true, but I wondered if Jesus’s coming really did change how we live life.
We are frequently asked for reading recommendations. So we felt it was time for us to begin to assemble a list of our recommendations. Check back as we will continue to add to this list as we have further recommendations to share.
Thanks to John Rush, Dan Meurer, and the Rush to Reason show for having our Executive Director, Mike Roncaglia, in for Faith Friday! to talk about Exchanged Life Ministries and the Grace Life Conference. To listen to the interview click the play button below.
Going to the grocery store with me used to be pure torture for my youngest daughter. It would take me FOREVER to make a decision about what to buy. I would stand in the isle trying to pick the item that would be most cost-efficient, healthiest, and easiest to prepare. My desire was to glorify and honor God in all I did including the use of my money.
In my reading and meditations I was going through Deuteronomy chapter 8 and noticed how many times Moses was calling Israel to "remember" the Lord God. How could they forget? He had done so many miraculous things for them; delivered them from slavery in Egypt, fed them bread from Heaven, given them water from the rock, quail in abundance to eat and made them rich out of their poverty.
We as Christians talk frequently about our desire to be Christ-Centered, but what do we mean? How do we go about it? Do we put Him first in a list of important relationships: Christ first, spouse second, then children, friends, and so on? Are we to mention Him whenever we speak, work, perform, or play?
While attending our church’s family camp over Labor Day weekend there were opportunities for my wife, son, and I to talk, read scripture, and pray together. As the weekend concluded, we were encouraged to take a rock and write what we’d like to remember as we headed home. We simply wrote "It’s Him."
Obituaries can exagerate the truth about someone’s life. It’s possible we feel the need to memoralize what we want to remember and ignore what we don’t. The following is an obituary written by a client not about his physical death but his spiritual death. It’s an unadulerated biography about life after the flesh and how understanding his death, burial, ressurection, and ascension with Christ changed everything.
There are two verses I’ve found confusing in regard to one another: 2 Corinthians 5:17 and 2 Corinthians 3:18. The first reads, "Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come." (ESV). The second says, "So all of us who have had that veil removed can see and reflect the glory of the Lord. And the Lord—who is the Spirit—makes us more and more like him as we are changed into his glorious image." (NLT).
I know about hard work. As a young man it was physical labor, as an army officer it was more mental and emotional, as a college dean the emotional stress was extreme at times. All these tasks produced fatigue. Most of us know a different kind of tired. It is the one that encompasses every part of our being. We are apt to call it complete exhaustion. We are completely spent, physically, emotionally and mentally.
With my son recently becoming a teenager, I’ve been giving a lot of thought to his future. I have dreams and visions for him and desire that he have the very best in every area of life. Although I haven’t always been able to provide the best, it hasn’t stopped me from thinking about how I might.
n my devotions today I read the story of Joseph and his brothers. It’s probably safe to say there was a certain degree of dysfunction in this family that makes me feel better about my own…! Sure, we’ve got our problems, but really nothing on this level. That’s one of the things I really love about the Bible. It never hides the dysfunction or puts on pretense. The Bible exposes our weaknesses and failings and shows how God redeems all of these for His good purposes.
I’ve been struggling with ongoing pain in my ribs, back, legs, and hips over the past year. When my first outbreaks of pain occurred, I was convinced that my pain came from the specific area where I was hurting. My left hip, for example, was such an epicenter of pain I knew there had to be something significantly wrong with it.
Martin Luther believed that "the gift of song was given to man that he should proclaim the Word of God through Music." Scripture encourages us to "...sing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs to God with thankful hearts” and to make "...music to the Lord in your hearts” as a method of letting "...the message about Christ, in all its richness, fill your lives."
Ashlie Michener sat in the back seat of the family Suburban sobbing. Her ponytail was cinched down tight at the crown of her head and the August sun refracted into tiny prisms as it glinted against her damp cheeks. Today was Kindergarten Roundup and Ashlie and her mother were on their way to meet her teacher.
My wife, Jill, and I enjoy taking walks together. One beautiful day as we were walking, we were admiring the trees that lined the sidewalk. They were smaller trees, probably planted only a few years prior. From what we could tell, they looked healthy and seemed to really be coming into their own.