Do you have something in your life that you know, without a doubt, you can rely on? Is there something or maybe someone that you know for sure, that on your worst day, it or they won’t let you down? Do you find some solace in coming home to familiar surroundings after a long day at work, or get comfort in the pages of an old book that never disappoints no matter how many times you read it? Maybe it’s in the reliability of having a spouse or friend that will always be there for you. I know our hope is not in the reliability of any specific thing or people, but for example, I’d like to think my wife is there for me no matter what. My friend Jonathan, far away as he is now, is my best bud that I can call on at anytime. There is a comfort in knowing that there are people in your life that you know you can always rely on. Reliability is important. It eases your mind over certain situations.
Source: My Always Reliable Hope
I was excited and eager to start my journey. I was driving from NYC to Florida to attend the Christ Hold Fast Conference in Orlando, meet some dear friends, and make some new ones. I had over a thousand miles to go, and despite the countless podcasts and pandora stations, 16 hours in a car by yourself can feel like a long time. Your mind can’t help but wander, and mine did.
Source: Miles To Go…
The conference is upon us.
Christ Hold Fast is holding its first ever conference and from the moment I heard about it, I was excited. Not just because I was a regular contributor to the website, but because I’m a consumer like you. I need to hear the truth of the Gospel frequently. I am a daily prodigal, regularly forsaking God in so many different ways, always coming back with my tail between my legs, surprised to find a ring slipped on my finger, sandals on my feet and a feast in my honor just because I came back, again.
Source: But You Do Belong…
It’s a January day in New York City and the building I work in is just off the water. What this means is that it’s cold out and not just cold but cold with a biting wind. As the phrase goes, “you can feel it in your bones.” My day starts early by dropping my teenager off to school nearby then waiting in my car for the doors of my courthouse to open.
Source: It’s OK To Move
Prepare yourself. You’re about to be encouraged beyond all encouragement. Are you ready? Here we go…
Very recently, you more than likely acted as close to Jesus as one possibly can.
It’s true, so be happyabout it!
Source: Sort Of Like Jesus For A Day
It’s just about the middle of December and Christmas, as has happened in so many years past, always seems to sneak right up on me. I hear the music, watch holiday sales, see the decorations (right after Halloween) and witness the nativity scenes going up (minus their baby Jesus), as I drive past one church after another. Despite all that, year after year, I never seem to be ready. I don’t remember the last time I had, “The Christmas Spirit.”
Source: When You Don’t Feel Merry…
I saw it coming… I did.
I could’ve stopped it, but I didn’t. I’m surprised that I didn’t turn my back to receive a pat as I let loose from lips, how good and saintly I was. What a reminder, that we are all susceptible to looking for the adulation of others.
Let me explain…
Source: It’s Just Coffee…?
I was recently challenged to write about someone I know. A very specific someone who is extremely flawed and broken, even if they don’t know it or care to admit it. Though we later joked about the specifics of why I was challenged to write it, which we actually both forgot, we were sure there was either a spiritual or life lesson attached to it. So I sat at my keyboard intrigued by the opportunity and these are the words that followed.
Source: The Long Sad Road Of An Unrepentant Life
A while back, I drove past my neighbor’s house and right there in the street with the rest of the garbage were several golden trophies nearly half my height and still looking quite shiny and new. For curiosity’s sake, I wish had taken the time to see how old they were. It didn’t take long before my thoughts drifted to Matthew 6:19-20:
“Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys, and where thieves do not break in or steal.”
Source: From Trash To Treasure
Why am I not surprised when people have a need to feel, touch or sense God in some tangible way? Part of it probably has to do with my church experience consisting of denominations that place a fairly strong emphasis on some form of tangible, experiential expression of God.
Source: Never Far Away