God is greater than our hearts. Is this not a great comfort? Our hearts are deceitful things. Jeremiah said it well, “The heart is more deceitful than all elseAnd is desperately sick;Who can understand it?” (Jer. 17:9) Our hearts affirm us and condemn us.Our hearts rule us and destroy us with passions.Our hearts … More God is Greater Than Our Hearts
Read Psalm 63 1 O God, you are my God; earnestly I seek you; my soul thirsts for you; my flesh faints for you, as in a dry and weary land where there is no water. Thirst I was cutting the lawnand trimming the bushesand edging the drivewayand pulling … More What Does It Mean to Thirst for God?
It’s the 8th chapter in A Godward Heart, and it’s centered in Luke 11:33-36 where Jesus uses the phrase “. . . less the light in you be darkness . . .” Curious. Be Careful, Lest the Light in You be Darkness Luke 11:33-36 “No one after lighting a lamp puts it in a … More “Pondering a Puzzling Text”
As the sand trickles out of the hourglass of my life, I look at my shelfs with new thoughts. “These volumes have blessed and challenged me, how could I bless other with them now?” For a lot of different people, the answer to that question, has resulted in unexpected gifts to friends, neighbors and colleagues. … More Re-examining My Book Shelf
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?