The Better Question

Anthony’s thoughts reminded me of what has been keeping me going this year:
“The joy of the Lord is my strength. The joy of the Lord is my strength. In the darkness I’ll dance, in the shadows I’ll sing. The JOY of the LORD is my strength!”
~Rend Collective

It is remembering what Jesus DID that brings me joy and gives me strength!

Daniel

The Recovering Legalist

When looking for answers to our problems, many times we ask the question, “What would Jesus do?”

A better question might be, “What did Jesus do?”

“But we preach Christ crucified…” – 1 Corinthians 1:23

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The One Truth About Pastors You Need to Hear

As one who serves in ministry, as ordained pastor and lay leader, I will confirm what is written here by Matthew.
Please read this post and the comments that have already been added by others. Perhaps this will help you in your own walk, whether pastor or pew-filler!
Daniel

The Recovering Legalist

The following guest post was submitted by Matthew Malin, a young man who blogs over at Confessions: Bringing to light that which is hidden. As a matter of disclosure, I did not ask Matthew to write this, nor did I edit what he wrote. So… All I can say is that somebody’s evidently been around the block and knows what he’s talking about.


I’ve been a pastor’s child for 17 of the 23 years I’ve been on this earth. I’m not writing this article to tell you that it’s been completely easy. I’m also not here to inform you that it was hell on earth. It was neither easy nor hell but rather a comfortable middle, I suppose.

Out of the many years spent watching my mother and father traverse the rocky waters of ministry has come a longing for “outsiders” to know what it’s like. Sometimes, if I’m…

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Letting Go Of My Popcorn

I know I needed this this week. Now, I share this story with you.

Daniel

The Isaiah 53:5 Project

It was a cold January night and I was finally meeting with a new friend whom I’d met months earlier and neglected to contact. My life was falling apart and I needed a friend who shared my faith, one who I could gain wisdom from. As we sat and ate dinner at the neighborhood bar and grill, she asked me what I was still holding on to, what I hadn’t been willing to give up to God. I thought on the question for a few moments and she took the basket of popcorn from the middle of the table and began to use it to illustrate her point.

She explained that when we become Christians, we give up some of the things in our life to God, but we reluctantly hold onto others, the ones we aren’t ready to lose control of. She took a handful of the popcorn and…

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Image Bearers

Another bout of good thoughts, I think.

Daniel

Spiritual Drift

image courtesy of Firwood Church image courtesy of Firwood Church

When God says “let us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness” (Genesis 1:26a) what does that mean? Why is He intentionally using the plural? It’s this elusive, impossible reality called the “Trinity”, right?

And even more, could it be that God not only created Adam and Eve in His (Their) image, but created them with the imprint of Jesus already on them? And, with the Holy Spirit already dwelling within them? God goes on, ending the Genesis creation account by calling all He had made, most especially mankind, “very good” (Genesis 1:31)

But back to the point: if you’ve ever read the Genesis creation account, have you ever noticed that Adam and Eve, specifically, are the only two beings created in God’s image? Ever? Not even their offspring bear that image…

“When Adam had lived one hundred and thirty years, he became…

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Metanoia

Whatever you think about repentance, it may be time to change your mind.

Daniel

Spiritual Drift

image courtesy of Fontbonne Campus Ministries

Metanoia: (from the Greek, μετανοεῖτε, literally μετά, or meta—with, after, or beyond, and νοέω, also noeó, or noia—think, consider, realize): to think or consider beyond what you may already know;
to think differently.

Metanoia is the same word poorly translated in most English language bibles as “repent”, as in—

In those days John the Baptist came, preaching in the wilderness of Judea and saying, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven has come near.” ~ Matthew 3:1-2, NIV, emphasis added

From that time Jesus began to preach and say, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.” ~ Matthew 4:17, emphasis added

Metanoia is a very interesting word to me. For years I’ve always considered the Biblical word “repent” to mean “a change of direction”, and though I don’t necessarily think this definition is wrong, I’m beginning to wonder…

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The Day After

Yep.

The Recovering Legalist

The celebrations are over; the children aren’t quite as nice as they were yesterday; the cards have been opened; all the masculine gifts now sit unwrapped…

It’s the day after Father’s Day.

Now, go be the kind of dad described in those cards.

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The Weekend Funnies – on Father’s Day

A little early, but thanks to Pastor Chris for sharing these!
Thanks, Dads and Dad-like people, who have helped me and help people all over!

Daniel

New Life

In honour of this Father’s Day weekend, here are a few specially themed comic strips. The challenge from Calvin and Hobbes? Fathers – spend time with your children! The challenge from Nancy? Honour all of those who have served some sort of fatherly role in your life. And the Foxtrotone? Well, it’s just a fun little modern take on father’s day. Enjoy…

Calvin & Hobbes - father's day

Calvin & Hobbes (c) 2016 Bill Waterson.

father's day foxtrot

Foxtrot (c) 2016 Bill Amend.

father's day nancy

Nancy (c) 2016 Guy Gilchrist.

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