Let’s take love off the greeting cards and put it into our lives

…the following is a sermon excerpt from February 3, 2019 And now faith, hope, and love abide, these three; and the greatest of these is love.  1 Corinthians 13:13 1 Corinthians 13 was written to a group of Christians in Corinth who were struggling with unity. The fraying edges were showing and there was a real risk of implosion.   They argued over who had the better gifts. They did not take each other into consideration during time of communion and these were just two of the issues. And so Paul, wanting them to know before it was too late, writes,  If … Continue reading Let’s take love off the greeting cards and put it into our lives

The Power of a Disciplined Life

We seldom get rid of an evil merely by understanding its causes…and for all our insight, obstinate habits do not disappear until replaced by other habits. But habits are won only by exercise, and appropriate education is the sole means to this end. The patient must be drawn out of themself into other paths, which is the true meaning of “education,” and this can only be achieved by an educative will… …no amount of confession and no amount of explaining can make the crooked plant grow straight it must be trained upon the trellis of the norm by the gardener’s … Continue reading The Power of a Disciplined Life

Albert Edward Day quote on Obedience

Obedience is indispensable. Not to a static code, however helpful it may be at times. But obedience to God, who is present with us in every situation and is speaking to us all the time. Every obedience, however small (if any obedience is ever small) quickens our sensitivity to him and our capacity to understand him and so makes more real our sense of his presence. -from The Captivating Presence We grow in our ability to hear God as we commit to responding to God. It starts with small steps and then we find ourselves running over time. My prayer … Continue reading Albert Edward Day quote on Obedience