I once heard prayer described as being God-conscious 24-hour a day. I like that. To me, prayer is part of what it means to have a two-way relationship with God.
“For we believe that Jesus died and rose again…” – 1 Thessalonians 4:14, NIV When we think of Easter, we think of the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus. And obviously, that’s what it’s about. Easter is the centerpiece of our faith. But one of the things that has been gnawing away at me for the last couple of years is that we have almost set aside death and resurrection as just about Easter. In reality, it’s a motif, as …
People start the year with the best of intentions. Whether they’re setting out to get in shape or to learn a new language, they have high hopes. But by February disappointment and defeat have set in. They give up. The same is true with our goals for Bible reading. We pick out a plan and then… around three weeks in… oops… missed a few days. We think, “Well, that’s not gonna work.” And we decide to maybe give it another …
At this time of year, lots of people are making New Year’s resolutions. I bet you can guess what the most popular resolution is. That’s right: losing weight/getting in shape. Many of us aren’t eating right or exercising, and we know we probably should be. So at the start of the New Year, we give it another go.
One of the things I love most about Christmas is that people do things they wouldn’t do at any other time of the year. Families come together. People do things for each other. People are generous!
Young people feel compelled to create an identity for themselves that’s false. John Tyson, pastor of a church in New York, talks about this. He calls it keeping up the image and discusses how difficult it can be. Our kids and youth are exhausting themselves, trying to keep up appearances, trying to keep multiple conversations going on multiple social media channels.
This Thanksgiving, no matter what part of the world you live in and whether or not you have pilgrims in your history and tradition, take some time to pause and consider God. Think about who He is, about His faithfulness, His love, His goodness. Put your attention on Him and His promises.
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