Jesus said that His followers are to be the salt of the earth. But in order to truly make a difference… in order to be valuable for Kingdom work... we must take action and practice the art of being salt, or flavoring, in a world desperately wanting to taste real nourishment and find soul-satisfying truth.
Every situation we encounter is an opportunity for spiritual growth if we have the eyes to see it. Like sandpaper on our souls, Jesus gently smooths out our rough edges and transforms us into His workmanship little by little. If you’re struggling to grow in Jesus, then you probably haven’t yielded some part of your heart, mind, or soul to His careful improvement. By learning to recognize the often hidden opportunities for growth in our everyday lives we can uncover the areas still needing improvement. But even when we do feel we are growing by leaps and bounds, we must acknowledge that the work is never done.
Social media presents Christ followers with unique challenges and it can be difficult to know how to live out your faith with loving confidence and conviction in today's cultural arena. But when we are aware of the common lies the enemy has set to ensnare us daily and allow the Holy Spirit to guide us away from them, we can move forward with boldness and authenticity to carry the love of Jesus into social media.
How are Christians called to consume and contribute to the social media machine? More than ever, we are bombarded on a daily basis by images of “ideal” people living enviable lives doing exciting things with beautiful companions in the most exotic of locations. So if we are called to authentically share Jesus in all places for all people, where is the line between cultural relevancy for the sake of the Gospel and pure self-promotion for the sake of ourselves? Listen to find out more and join in the dialogue with your comments here, on my website, or in social media.
Less than 5% of Christians do this, but practicing this powerful spiritual discipline will catapult your walk with God. Like a chain around our hearts, we can unknowingly shackle our lives to earthly things and miss out on pursuing heaven-minded dreams. Learn more about what God is calling us to do and how He'll bless us if we do.
What can a love letter from Johnny Cash teach us about loving God? Find out in this special Valentine's edition of Glimmers in the Fog about the all-satisfying love of Jesus. Like Johnny and June, we can have an overflow of satisfying love that comes from the complete surrender of the longings of the heart.
The spiritual struggles within all of us often stir up baffling contradictions of simultaneous love and hate. But at every point in our faith journey, we can find concrete encouragement and explicit instructions in God’s Word on how to overcome our battles and learn to love the Lord with all our hearts, minds, and souls. Perspective isn’t just in the mind. It’s a battle plan for a victory already won.
Ownership is an optical illusion that tricks us into believing that we are in control of what only God can give. But when we allow God to take the lead, we can rest in the assurance that He alone is responsible for the outcomes of anything we do. Our minds can be at peace in the off hours because the Owner of all things is still at work.
Most of us have a very hard time “feeling” the hope of heaven when we’re down in the pits of the daily grind. But when we learn how to put it into practice, hope -- and all its benefits -- is within us continually because of the Spirit of Christ. Rather than a lens for how we view the world, hope becomes a companion, changing not what we see, but who we are.
God designed our souls to crave a Garden experience with Him on a daily basis. The problem is that most of us have either forgotten how to get to the Garden, are afraid of allowing ourselves to go there, or simply don’t make it a priority. We have yet to realize that only in the Garden with Jesus can we experience the wonder of being simultaneously on the mountaintop while walking through the valleys of life.