God parents each of us perfectly! Growing in grace and knowledge as Jesus did is an individual responsibility. But we all–whether we have children or not–have opportunities to disciple (or spiritually parent) others. This prayer guide is a tool ifor the growing up process–for ourselves and others. Parenting is a privilege and responsibility that allows … More Growing Up in Christ
I pray that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father most glorious, would give you a spirit of wisdom and revelation through knowing Christ fully. (Ephesians 1:17) Christ’s spirit of wisdom and revelation infuses the Christian’s character. Christ demonstrated this spirit in all of His human interactions. He saw, listened and comprehended from … More Let’s Look Like Jesus: Wisdom
The prayerful spirit of Christ offers a shining facet to our transformed character! Christ’s commitment to communing with the Father is a design we must emulate. Despite being God incarnate, Jesus Christ demonstrated a high priority on prayer fellowship with God, the Father. Scriptural accounts show Christ seeking private prayer time throughout His earthly life. … More Let’s Look Like Jesus: Prayerful
This series of articles, “Let’s Look Like Jesus” complement the perpetual prayer list for Christian Character. Holy Fear is actually the antidote to the horrible fear immobilizing so many in the world today. Fear is a common part of our world; in fact, sometimes it seems fear makes the world go round. Proverbs 28:14 challenges us … More Let’s Look Like Jesus: Holy Fear
Character is said to be ‘who we are when no one is looking.’ It is about integrity to our core beliefs. As Christians, our life is Christ, so we ought to look Him. We can’t do that if we don’t know Him well! This series of Let’s Look Like Jesus is all about examining Character. … More Let’s Look Like Jesus: Integrity
As the apple tree among the trees of the wood, so is my beloved among the sons. I sat down under his shadow with great delight, and his fruit was sweet to my taste. Song of Solomon 2:3 Some tasty observations on a short morning walk and a simple grade school science fact have me … More Sweet Fruit!
The plan for believers in Christ is that we be transformed into the image of our Savior. More than two decades after surrendering to God, I realize more and more how much work God still has to do in me! The only way to know what God is doing in my transformation is to know … More How can we look like Christ?
Our human tendency is to hear and see that which promises pleasure: preferring power to persecution is human self-preservation. It is comfortable for us to be blind to Truth when it does not fit our plans and pre-conceived ideas. Our Jesus, the Nazarene, calls us to seek the Father’s perspective and His acceptance above all else. Jesus of Nazareth reminds us that God’s ways our not our ways.
Just as man erroneously judged the village of Nazareth, so, too, man mis-judges Jesus. As Isaiah prophesied of the coming Messiah, Jesus was ‘despised and rejected of men’. The plans of man have no room for suffering. Yet, God chose Nazareth as the hometown of the Savior because rejection of the world is the path to acceptance of God. … More Glory Glimpse: Misjudging Jesus, the Nazarene
“Living in partnership with God because of Jesus Christ is a life of freedom and blessing. It is not a life of inertia…” … More Soul Training in the Barn
GIFTS FROM THE FATHER – Romans 12 DESIGN SIN TO BATTLE VICTORY TO WIN SCRIPTURAL EXAMPLES NAME OF GOD TO MEDITATE ON Prophet Idol of control Fullness of Relationships! John the Baptist, Miriam, Naomi Jehovah Jireh Servant Idol of peace Finding value in God’s eyes! Joseph (father of Jesus), Barnabas, Timothy Jehovah Rophe Teacher Idol … More Finding Your God-Given Design