God is Good

We are who we are because of our choices (and because God allows us to make choices). If the fruit of the Spirit is self-control that means part of God's nature is self-control. Have you ever thought about the idea that part of God's sovereignty means that he has the ability to control, and even …

Return to Joy

You cannot afford to live without joy. The culture of heaven is established in celebration. Scripture contains various commands for us to rejoice. Giving thanks is good for the soul. It creates an inner territory that isn’t easily affected by external circumstances. All of heaven rejoices in the presence of God. As kingdom heirs we …

Kingdom Thinking

“Prepare the way of the Lord, make his paths straight.” John the Baptist declares these words as he proclaims the advent of our Savior. He was announcing the coming of a new way of understanding life in relation to God. It wasn’t that God’s kingdom was coming in the future; it had arrived in the …

Solitude

Solitude is a discipline. In solitude we make sense of life’s happenings. Solitude helps us find rest and escape the busyness of life. When we remove ourselves from the hustle of daily activity we are able to process the meaning of life’s occurrences in deeper ways. Interestingly, the very first thing God did with the …