how not to be sad

“Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted” (Matthew 5:4) There are two different approaches to suffering and sadness. One is healthy and the other isn’t. The unhealthy attitude is the COMPENSATION approach. It views life as a struggle (which it is), but we’ll be compensated in heaven. Truth is, eternity will be great! However, we distort the […]

Do you know what it means to be poor in spirit?

Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. (Matthew 5:3) For the original audience, this would have been a shocking statement. It should also be shocking to us! First, this teaching was (and is) counterintuitive. How can a spiritually poor person possess a spiritual kingdom? Common sense – in this case, the definition of words […]

How to Read the Beatitudes

The most popular beatitudes in Scripture are found in Matthew chapter 5. Jesus begins the sermon on the mount with 8 amazing statements that are both beautiful and shocking. Here are a few things to keep in mind to help increase your understanding. The beatitudes are simple, reducing life to a cause-and-effect formula. “Blessed is the person who X, because […]

Does Jesus Want You to Be Happy?

YES! Jesus wants you to be happy! What is happiness and how do we get there? This seems like an easy question! Everyone wants to be happy. Here’s where things get interesting: that are conflicting ideas on how to get there. Some people love to be liked, and their happiness grows with their popularity. Others love to achieve and accumulate, […]

A Father’s Blessing

As a kid, I was a terrible baseball player. That didn’t keep my dad from always being there for me. He even coached some of my teams. What I lacked in talent I made up for with unbridled energy and enthusiasm. I remember one game in particular. My dad was a little late to the game and my team had […]

Temporary or Timeless?

“… an inheritance that can never perish, spoil, or fade.” (1 Peter 1:4) When our hope is in the world and its empty promises, we will always be unsatisfied. Our destiny is disappointment when we live for physical pleasures, emotional highs, and mental diversions. These things are temporary because they are grounded in us—our perspectives, our needs. We are always […]

Rehoboam’s Recklessness

Solomon’s reign was the “golden age” of Israel, but there was a heavy price: the people were overworked and looking for relief. The elders counseled Rehoboam to ease up the pressure. This would win the hearts of the people … they would be his loyal servants. Rehoboam rejected the elders. He then asked youngers, who were his friends, for counsel. […]

Relational Ministry 101

“I have much to write to you, but I do not want to use paper and ink. Instead, I hope to visit you and talk with you face to face, so that our joy may be complete.” (2 John 12) John used the technology of his time—paper and ink—to influence others. He also knew that some things were best shared […]

Worthy of Trust

Would you agree that trust is essential for any significant relationship? Of course it is! If you look at the people closest to you, they are the ones who have earned your trust. When a person breaks your trust, you stop relying on them. God is looking for people he can trust. Jesus trusted John with a vital mission: “Near […]