Category: Spirituality

Seeking transformation toward a more enduring authentic Christian life

One of the things we do not consider is the review mirror effect of looking back on our lives. Going through some of my previous writings, and musings, I found this. Originally written in January of 2014. I happened to attend a MARS Hill Church in Shoreline, Washington. The sermon finished up a series based off the book ...

Religious pretense and it’s harm on Christian Authenticity

Within the cultivation of an authentic Christian lifestyle, there is a sacred religious piety that evolves within the individual. This piety is not fulfilling any type of rote of religious practice. Piety is the hallmark of one's reverence toward that which is sacred and holy. There is genuine piety in a person's relationship with a ...

“Come Follow me” – The Call of Christ

Personal Sermon Notes from August 10, 2014 As Jesus went on from there, he saw a man named Matthew sitting at the tax collector’s booth. “Follow me,” he told him, and Matthew got up and followed him. ~ Matthew 9:9 NIV ~ People are always seeking after something in order to find fulfillment in their ...

Finding our Identity through Christ

How do we come to understand our sense of worth, know who we are, and how does this matter? Today's society has consistently defined and redefined what it means to be someone. In this message, I explore the idea of identity in Christ by looking at the two questions Christ asks. Focusing on our identity ...

Taking a stand with God

Today's reading: Gen. 35 - 36:43; Ps. 9:6-10; Prov. 3:27-30; Matt. 12:22-50 Put away the foreign Gods that are among you and purify yourself When we come to Christ and commit to following Him, we are separating ourselves from the cultural and societal norms. This includes putting aside our previous loyalties. Only one true loyalty ...

The worthiness of God

Today's reading: Gen 33 - 34:3; Ps. 9:1-5; Prov. 3:21-26; Matt. 12:1-21 Let us exalt and praise His Holy Name God is gracious toward us in all things. It is because of who He is, we receive blessings. He is the same yesterday, today, and forever. As we read in the scriptures, we notice the ...

We wrestle with God

Today's reading: Gen 31-32:32; Ps. 8:6-9; Prov. 3:19-20; Matt. 11:1-30 You have striven with God and with men and have prevailed What does it mean to striven? It means to contend, persist, exert oneself, persevere. In our daily walk with God, we are called to continually wrestle with our own humanity. By wrestling with our own humanity, ...

Blessed in times of difficulty

Today's reading: Gen. 29 - 30:43; Ps. 8:1-5; Prov. 3:13-18; Matt. 10:21-42 He who does not take up his cross is not worthy of me God has a greater plan for all of us. Yet, we walk by faith each day. Throughout our lives, we will experience hardships and difficulties. We are called to live ...

Beginning the path of mindful Christian spiritual living

If you have not already explored what it means to live a focused and mindful Christian spiritual life, then please review the ten premises explored here. In this article, the reader will hopefully gain insight on where to begin their journey toward a mindfully based spiritual Christian life. To understand what we mean by a ...

We draw closer to you O Lord!

Today's reading: Gen 27-28:22; Ps. 7:9-17; Prov. 3:11-12; Matthew 10:1-20 Behold - I am with you When we are faced with hardships in life, we forget that our Heavenly Father is with us. The adversity we experience is an opportunity to draw closer to Him. Through His divine and sovereign will, God will grant unto ...

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