2015-2016 Bible Challenge, devotionals, resources

What’s Your Motivation? (a meditation on why we seek to live godly lives)

We pleaded with you, encouraged you, and urged you to live your lives in a way that God would consider worthy. For he called you to share in his Kingdom and glory. ~ 1 Thessalonians 2:12 (NLT) As followers of Jesus, we are meant to live lives that reflect Christlikeness, the fruit of the Spirit,… Continue reading What’s Your Motivation? (a meditation on why we seek to live godly lives)

2015-2016 Bible Challenge, devotionals, resources

Topsy-turvy Upside-down Greatness (a meditation on what true greatness is about)

“But whoever would be great among you must be your servant, and whoever would be first among you must be salve of all.” ~Jesus, Mark 10:43-44 What makes a person great? If you look at the people we exalt in society, it would seem that greatness comes in money, power, fame, popularity, and ability. Yes,… Continue reading Topsy-turvy Upside-down Greatness (a meditation on what true greatness is about)

2015-2016 Bible Challenge, devotionals, resources

Satisfied in Jesus (a meditation on hungering for the right things)

And they ate and were satisfied. ~ Mark 8:8 We all get hungry. In fact my stomach is rumbling a bit right now as I type these words. Part of this is the way God designed our bodies. We need food to fuel ourselves. Too little food (or even too much of the wrong foods)… Continue reading Satisfied in Jesus (a meditation on hungering for the right things)

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Good Reads 6.10.15 (on hope, suffering, family devotions, and more)

Here's some good reads gathered from different blogs and sites over this past week: Check this out if you're looking for something to help with family devotions, especially if you have kids under ten: The Seeds Project: Jesus Is All You Need by Mike Leake (click here) At present The Seeds Project is written for… Continue reading Good Reads 6.10.15 (on hope, suffering, family devotions, and more)

2015-2016 Bible Challenge, devotionals, resources

When Individualism and Autonomy Rule (a meditation on the sense of self in the Christian life)

In those days there was no king in Israel. Everyone did what was right in their own eyes. ~ Judges 21:25 If you were looking for a Bible verse to describe the attitude and ethic in western culture today, Judges 21:25 might be your verse. We live in a culture that values individualism and autonomy… Continue reading When Individualism and Autonomy Rule (a meditation on the sense of self in the Christian life)

2015-2016 Bible Challenge, devotionals, resources

Who Do You Imitate? (a meditation on the people we follow and the lives we live)

Be imitators of me, as I am of Christ. ~ 1 Corinthians 11:1 Think about your childhood hero—the person when you were young who you wanted to be like when you grew older. Think about his or her life now that you have more perspective: was he or she truly worthy of imitation? Paul told… Continue reading Who Do You Imitate? (a meditation on the people we follow and the lives we live)

2015-2016 Bible Challenge, devotionals, resources

The Comparison Game (a meditation on things that divide us)

4 For when one says, “I follow Paul,” and another, “I follow Apollos,” are you not being merely human? 5 What then is Apollos? What is Paul? Servants through whom you believed, as the Lord assigned to each. 6 I planted, Apollos watered, but God gave the growth. 7 So neither he who plants nor… Continue reading The Comparison Game (a meditation on things that divide us)

2015-2016 Bible Challenge, devotionals, resources

Freedom and Maturity (a meditation)

20Do not, for the sake of food, destroy the work of God. Everything is indeed clean, but it is wrong for anyone to make another stumble by what he eats. 21It is good not to eat meat or drink wine or do anything that causes your brother to stumble. ~ Romans 14:20-21 Don’t touch, don’t… Continue reading Freedom and Maturity (a meditation)

2015-2016 Bible Challenge, devotionals, resources

Overcome Evil with Good (a meditation by Rick Thompson)

This is a guest post by Rick Thompson. Rick came to Jesus through the love of the members of FBC Adrian. A decade later, he became pastor of the Cornerstone Baptist Church of Nevada, MO, where he has served since. Let love be genuine. Abhor what is evil; hold fast to what is good. Love one another… Continue reading Overcome Evil with Good (a meditation by Rick Thompson)

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Saying ‘Yes’ in a World of ‘No’ (pastor’s blog)

Recently my town decided to graffiti its own Main Street sidewalks with the message: no bicycles or skateboards. I’m sure the intention is safety. People walk in and out of the shops and storefronts, and you don’t want anyone young or old to be taken out by a person on a bicycle. But it made… Continue reading Saying ‘Yes’ in a World of ‘No’ (pastor’s blog)