Though we may sometimes doubt the truthfulness of God’s Word, question His motives in decreeing it, or lack an understanding of how it could come to pass, we will, in the end, see one of two things play out: 1) We will either trust in His Word and find that it, even when tested, always “proves true” and thus reap the blessings of it as we go through life or 2) intentionally keep its vitality at a distance as we search for “enough proof” of its credibility and "enough motivation" before trusting it, only to find that it ultimately “proves true”, and had we only trusted it sooner, we would have been benefiting from its power instead of reaping the consequences of denying it.
What is the best way to approach that difficult person in our life? How can we resolve conflict and confront others without so much anxiety and frustration? Are there some secrets to keeping a cooler head when we need to confront someone? In this recent article, I have laid out 5 of the secrets for … Continue reading 5 Principles for Resolving Conflict
The winds of a storm can knock down trees, destroy property, and things that we often value. But sometimes, although we didn't think it was needed, some things are better off knocked down, changed, shifted, or even destroyed in our lives. It may be that the "tree" that the storm knocked down was casting a shadow in our spiritual lives, keeping the "grass" from growing and hindering us from experiencing the Light of the Son of God more fully.
Regardless of who you are, or what background you come from, we could all use some guidance when it comes to dealing with conflict in our lives. Something fundamental for taking steps toward better conflict resolution is understanding that God commands that we love Him and love others. On this second point, we often struggle to … Continue reading 5 Principles for Resolving Conflict
"Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths" (Proberbs 3:5-6, ESV) This passage reminds me of something that I think Christians can easily tend to forget. It is the Lord who straightens our path. Therefore, our understanding, … Continue reading The Unavoidable Truth
In the midst of a very busy season of life over these past few weeks, with Christmas approaching, I was sitting at a local coffee shop doing work and I saw a man there who I have talked with from time to time. He is a quiet, soft-spoken, and delightful man. We exchanged a greeting … Continue reading When The Light Fades…
I was on my way home from a meeting this morning and was awestricken by the beauty that is on display in the colors of the fall trees. The diversity, and yet the unity, of the trees was bursting forth with color like a continuously changing canvas for miles. I smiled as Creation pointed, with … Continue reading Beauty on Display
In this world, freedom can seem like a man-made illusion, and even when we seek it earnestly, we find that it cannot be obtained in its fullness. In Christ, the soul finds its true freedom. It meets its Creator, the very source of Goodness by which its being is to be oriented. The brokenness of … Continue reading Freedom in the Truth
Deceit. Manipulation. Abuse. Betrayal. Selfishness. Greed. Anger. Theft. Addiction. Gossip. Control. Prejudice. Victimization. Carelessness. Brutality... Odds are that everyone who is reading this has been on the receiving end of one or more of these. The odds are also likely that everyone who is reading this has been on the distributing end of some of … Continue reading Finding Forgiveness