Corporate worship isn’t about getting or experiencing something. Gathering for worship is about stoking our desire for God, testifying to his greatness, and pursuing what God desires for us together.
If life is a journey, we’ll find the journey to be good if we trust in Jesus’ strength and remain single-mindedly focused on the Creator rather than the creation.
Feeling our pain rather than numbing it helps shift our perspective from ourselves to God, helps us be more honest with him and ourselves, and connects us to him as the giver of life.
Healthy grief begins with embracing reality and feeling the pain of loss, but it must also include giving up control and trusting the God who loves us and will provide hope and assurance in the midst of the pain when we let him.
Following Jesus carries costs associated with reputation and relationships, but the Holy Spirit is ready to transform and empower us when we’re willing to live and speak the gospel.
God works in both prosperity and pain, and he generously provides us with the resources and strength we need to serve him well when we simply pray and ask.
Self-determination and attempts at self-sufficiency invariably result in anxiety and restlessness. In contrast, vitality and fulfillment come with the meaningful and generous relationships that God establishes in community.
Searching for security and significance in our own efforts only leads to restlessness and reveals our distance from God. If we want real rest, the solution is intimacy with God.
In Psalm 103 the psalmist speaks of blessing God, something which is easy in good times and more difficult in harder times. But whatever the circumstances, God is always worthy and we should always be in the mindset to bless him.
Staying on mission is difficult, especially when it hurts. But when we are honest, consistent, and persistent, and rely on Jesus, God is always there to strengthen us in our weakness and accomplish the task.
While offering security, materialism only condemns, destroys spiritual passion, and distracts us from our mission. A healthy view of wealth can instead incite generosity, reinvigorate passion, and contribute to kingdom ministry.