There he stands in your doorway, the man who had been threatening you and your friends now wants to join your group. Would you trust him and take him in? This is the situation the disciples of Jesus faced when Saul of Tarsus appeared at their doorstep. His reputation of making murderous threats against the […]
Read More Fearing Transformation
When we are in the middle of struggles in life, it is hard to see any purpose in it. From my own experience a few years ago, when I felt trapped in a very traumatic situation with no evident end in sight, it all felt pointless. Day after day, as the trauma continued, it was […]
Read More Comfort From Affliction
Bitterness can taint our attitude about so many things in life. When we are bitter in spirit as David’s men were, it can cause us to be angry with people and lash out at them for even minor injustices.
Read More When Bitterness Seeks to Sour Life
As followers of Jesus Christ, how often do we make plans that include his will for our life? In 1 Corinthians 16:5-9, I am struck by how committed Paul is to following the Lord as he made his plans.
Read More I Can Fit You In Next Tuesday At 6 a.m., Jesus
In Psalm 51, David is expressing a repentant heart after he had “gone in with Bathsheba.” He seeks “a clean heart” and “a steadfast spirit (10, NASB).” David knows what his predecessor Saul experienced after he repeatedly sinned against God. “Now the Spirit of the LORD departed from Saul, and an evil spirit from the […]
Read More The Fruit of a Clean Heart
There are some things I pray for that seem hopeless; that appear to be headed for a horrible end. I pray fervently for a different outcome, but it seems nothing will change. It appears that God has his mind set on how things will turn out. As I pray, I wonder if God can change […]
Read More On Second Thought…
There have been times in my life where I’ve wondered why God guided me along a certain path. At the time it didn’t make sense, but later I began to see the wisdom in some of these diversions. In some cases, He steered me away from something I wanted to do and ultimately saved me […]
Read More A Confusing Path
Thorns under our skin can come in all sorts of things that cause us constant pain. It could be people who berate you; the tragic loss of a loved one; or chronic illness.
Read More #2 Humbled by Pain
It’s been eleven years since I started this blog. I think there’s a lesson in its history. When I first launched 140 Character Christian in 2010, I didn’t know anything about blogging…
Read More #3 Once Upon a Time There Was a Blog
Do not call to mind the former things, Or ponder things of the past. “Behold, I will do something new, Now it will spring forth; Will you not be aware of it? I will even make a roadway in the wilderness, Rivers in the desert. – Isaiah 43:18-19 (NASB) On this New Year, look for […]
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