The beginning of the year. The beginning of a new year for me. I open up my Bible to read Genesis 1 and I come past the title page. On that title page I wrote a quote from Dietrich Bonhoeffer and it serves for my life goal in this year of 2020:
This, I pray, would be the sum of my life. It’s not perfectly. There are times it’s not done well at all. But overall, I pray my life would be found to have a heart that is fully absorbed in seeing God.
Happy New Year.
2019 closes out. 2020 looms large.
In all of it, with politics and anger, frustration, joy, loss, and victories… it is refreshing to me to end the year in Bible reading with Revelation. The end of the matter is summed up well here:
Continue reading “The end of the matter”
In writing to Sardis, there is an interesting note. Craig Keener points out in his commentary on Revelation that the two harshest rebukes in the seven letters of Revelation were to churches where even the cities don’t exist anymore.
Continue reading “Letter to a dead church”
David Brooks ends the year in his columns with what he calls the “Sidney Awards.” He goes over long form essays and picks significant reads that stood out to him. This particular column stopped me cold from the start. It is a need I’ve felt for quite some time and realize I need to implement. Continue reading “Change. Immediate. Now.”
For those friends around the world who’ve already had the new year… how is the future?
Here is to what lies ahead!
As we aim toward a New Year, we always have that daunting task of “resolutions.”
One of the great goals we should always have in mind is how we can deepen our walk with God. For me, the question is always centered around prayer and the Scriptures. How can I best center my life in those two areas? Those two areas will always be the engines that lift me into every other area of life.
Bible Gateway offers a lot of helps for getting into the Word. I have mentioned their Advent devotional before. They also have some devotionals for the New Year.
The best use of Bible Gateway for me is the access they give me to every major English translation. I can look at them individually, or put up several translations in parallel windows to compare.
Avail yourself of good tools to dig deeper into the Word this New Year!
Tomorrow in church, we begin a NEW YEAR!
I serve an Assemblies of God church, so most reading this will probably go… “What? HUH? What?!?”
But it’s a new year! We will be in the first Sunday of Advent, which is on the Church calendar. It’s the rhythm of the Kingdom, not this world.
And… please be warned… God is challenging us with something RIDICULOUS in this new year!
So… shake off the turkey coma and get there!
It’s always a good time for reflection and dreaming about what is ahead. There are a few things I want to see ahead in my own life, especially this year.
1. Reflect more. Spend more time reflecting on the day.
2. Dream more. We have a special silent retreat coming up, then our church has a missions trip. These are huge opportunities where God can do something spectacular. It is time to dream bigger.
3. Keep on laughing. This is a time of my life I thoroughly enjoy. Our youngest is a senior in high school and seeing God do great things in his life. Our other two sons are in college. We have a daughter-in-law. It’s just a very nice spot in our lives. I want to keep on laughing and enjoying the journey. There are tough times, without a doubt, but I want to keep my in perspective.
In all things, the most important thing is to keep our eyes glued to the Author and Finisher of our faith.
And for today… I enjoy one last day off, spend some special time with family, and get back into the swing of things tomorrow.
New Year’s Eve and hopefully we are making our way back to the frozen tundra of Minnesota.
I had some opportunity to begin my work in Hebrews for a class I am teaching, so I found myself in Hebrews 2. By the end of the chapter I found myself in worship once again. I serve a God who so cared for humanity, he became us, so we would know he truly is merciful and faithful. He knows our condition because he has walked here!
I am so deeply grateful for a merciful God. He does not dwell far away and pays no attention to what life is like here. He is God with us.
The past year has been marked by the faithfulness of our great God.
This next year is significant. It will mark 15 years of ministry at Heights Church and 25 years of marriage. I have found the joy of life in my wife, our family, and ministry at this church.
I serve a faithful God who has blessed me beyond measure. He is truly the faithful One.
May you know this faithful God in the coming year!