Quote – Being Present to Hear God

Learning to pay attention to your life is a spiritual discipline. Why? It’s hard to hear God speak, if you are never ‘here.’ Being present is an important part of a relationship with God. Don’t discount “mindfulness” as non-Christian or New Age mysticism. God is not present in your future or in your past. God […]

Quote – Growth is a Choice

Life happens to all of us. It’s what we choose to do with it that matters. [Tweet “Change is inevitable but personal growth is a choice. -Bob Proctor”]    

Quote – God is not about our comfort.

Brad is the lead pastor of LifePoint Church in Tampa, Florida.  I don’t know anything else about him, but I love and so profoundly agree with his statement: “God is not about our comfort; He is about the development of our character.” So many Christians operate from an essential belief that God rewards strong faith […]

Quote – Avoiding Legitimate Suffering

Karl Jung is the inventor of analytical psychology. He’s not a theologian or even a Christian. But he thought deeply about the human mind and why we do what we do. This insightful tidbit his work “Psychology and Religion,” published in 1938. One of the things he wrote: “Neurosis is always a substitute for legitimate […]

Quote – Jesus’ Humiliating Lineage

Len Sweet and Frank Viola write an amazing book studying Jesus.  This quote comes from the book.  I highly recommend it.  Check it out: “Jesus: A Theography.” The focus is the theological implications of Jesus’ life. Check out this insight. I think this is so powerful. “Jesus…came from a humiliating lineage…to show us no past […]

Quote – Wounded Faith

Wisdom often comes from the place of profound pain. Elie Wiesel is a Jewish-American writer who lived through some of the worst that World War II had to offer.  His family was confined to a Nazi-imposed ghetto in Hungary, until they were interned at Auschwitz. From this terrible experience he was able to formulate some incredible wisdom, like this: […]

Quote – Treat People As If They Were

From 18th century German writer, statesman and philosopher, Goethe.  Great relational wisdom: “Treat people as if they were what they ought to be & you help them to become what they are capable of being.” Wow. Our actions towards others cast a vision of who they can be. This is so deeply true for children, […]

Quote – Today I Shall Behave…

This one is from the well-known philosopher and theologian, Dr. Seuss. “Today I shall behave, as if this is the day I will be remembered.” A great reminder. Who are we becoming based on the choices we are making in each moment? Our future and our character are built from the bricks of our momentary […]

Quote – The Irreligion of Religion

This one is from J.I Packer’s classic “Knowing God.” I am by no means Reformed or Calvinist in my thinking, but Packer can nail the details of self-righteousness better than most anyone. “There is nothing more irreligious than self-absorbed religion.” – J.I. Packer Religion so easily becomes a way that we hide from God. When […]

Rich Mullins on what Christianity is Not.

Christianity is not about building an absolutely secure little niche in the world where you can live with your perfect little wife and your perfect little children in your beautiful little house where you have no gays or minority groups anywhere near you. Christianity is about learning to love like Jesus loved and Jesus loved […]