The true POWER of the Kingdom

Luke 8 lays out several areas where Jesus demonstrates his authority. The Kingdom is powerful over nature, demons, death, and sickness. Then, in Luke 9:1-6, Jesus tells them simply to go repeat what they’ve seen him do. They obeyed. Here’s our challenge: Don’t argue yourself out of a victory.  If Jesus said, “Go do this.Continue reading “The true POWER of the Kingdom”

The beauty of a jealous God

Deuteronomy 6 Obedience and fear are huge words and growing up they always sounded “demanding.” It’s only in the last few years that I’ve really come to understand them as loving and what God is calling Israel to is more like a marriage covenant than some list of demands. Obedience and fear are “demanding” inContinue reading “The beauty of a jealous God”

The silence of God isn’t always the approval of God

We really make a mistake when we make an argument for silence on behalf of God. We think it means… well… whatever we want it to mean. Because, quite frankly, we may not know.  But we may be in danger of living “on the edge” in disobedience and find out the silence of God has anContinue reading “The silence of God isn’t always the approval of God”

I had not planned on raising the dead today

What level of obedience ARE we willing to go to with Jesus? 7 He called for the Twelve and sent them out in pairs. He gave them authority over unclean spirits. 8 He instructed them to take nothing for the journey except a walking stick—no bread, no bags, and no money in their belts. 9 He told them to wearContinue reading “I had not planned on raising the dead today”

Gut Level Obedience

I find myself desiring too many other things. Success. Significance. Someone just noticing something I’ve done. But that is not my call. Obedience and duty are my call. 7 “Would any of you say to your servant, who had just come in from the field after plowing or tending sheep, ‘Come! Sit down for dinner’? 8  Wouldn’t youContinue reading “Gut Level Obedience”

The Journey to Obedience

I commented the other day about the move from success to significance to obedience and how there aren’t many leadership books on “obedience.” While that is true, and it’s probably true because generally we only want to read about “successful” people, I think there are some great examples. The problem is obedience has such aContinue reading “The Journey to Obedience”