I am reading a fascinating devotional book, While Shepherds Watch Their Flocks: Forty Daily Reflections on Biblical Leadership Haddon Robinson, former President of Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary says in the Forward to the book, that Professor Laniak applies what he has learned to the tasks of being a shepherd in the church and “raises our job … More Where are the Shepherds?
The title of this post is the chapter heading from chapter 8 of John Piper’s A Godward Heart: Treasuring the God Who Loves You The book is similar to two previous books by Pastor John, The Godward Life: Book 1The Godward Life: Book 2. I recommend them all. This new third volume (2014) is composed … More Be Careful, Lest the Light in You Be Darkness
Sunday Afternoon Musing “Thou shalt have no other gods before me.” Exodus 20:3 “If we kept that commandment all the other commandments would be obeyed. If we secure this queenbee we are given the swarm. To put nothing ‘before’ God! What is left in the circle of obedience? God first, always and everywhere. Nothing … More Keeping the First Commandment – How to Build a World
Reading with the Pastor Matthew 22 and Psalm 27 Jesus confounds his enemies. One by one they come. First, the Pharisees joined by the Herodians (vs. 15), then the Sadducees (vs. 23). Finally, the Pharisees return (vs. 34). Each one questioner tries to trap Jesus in some way. But one by one he dispatches them … More Training the Heart to Not Fight with God
A Christmas Meditation The Bible opens with the magnificent words, “In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth.” Majestic. There is nothing but God and God creates all that is seen and unseen. Eventually, He creates “Friday’s Child”–man. Man walks with God in a garden and world designed for him by a loving … More A Promise of Light
Friday is for Heart Songs I am away, making my first ever trip to Israel. While I am gone I have prepared a series of re-posts comprised of some of the most downloaded and viewed pages of the last 5 years. Keep me in prayer for the next 10 days. I am looking forward to walking the … More The Music of the Heart of God?
Tuesday is for Prayer [Updated for Spring 2015] We make the mistake sometimes of thinking that prayer is boring. That it is less important now that my eyes are heavy with sleep, or now with all “I have to get done.” We are fools. Why is it our eyes get heavy precisely when we attempt … More Broken by Need for Prayer: Prayer is Rigorous. You Really Have to Pray
Update: (September 26, 2019) This is post is almost 10 years old but as I read and remembered the day that I wrote it I was reminded that this is the crying need of my heart every day of my life. I hope it will be encouragement to you value what is ultimately valuable. Thursday … More Searching for Treasure Like a Pearl Merchant
Almost a year ago, just before Christmas, we were hit with blizzard winds and snow here in Bolingbrook. Stephnie and I decided to have worship here, in the confines of our home with our just-from-college-returned son, and pre-c0llege daughter rather than brave the chill of winter and another visit to a church that is not … More Longing to Know that I Need Him Every Hour
Here’s a taste: I want a life that makes music — not just practices the piano. I want the moments enough to let go of the mirages. I want the now, the space that doesn’t hurry, and joy’s the only next thing. I want here with it’s doing because that means living; I don’t need to get … More A Weekend Treat: Go over to Ann Voskamp’s Blog