New Year, New Struggles (But New Hopes, Too)

Forgive me for not posting here in a very long time…

An entire year has gone by and yet it feels just like yesterday when I got the new job offer. (Yes, I finally received my blessing almost one year to the day.) Here is my last post while still at my previous job to give you an idea of where my emotions were. Though I wish that a one year anniversary would be a reason for sheer celebration, that’s not necessarily the case.

As I think back on the past year, the anniversary becomes more of a reason to be reminded of my ongoing need for God. We often pray to Him when things take a turn for the worst in our lives, but truly we need Him more, especially when things go right.

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The Power in Reconciliation

Sometimes when we are so far removed from God, we tend to hangout in the darkness rather than reflect in the light He shows us every day. Evidence of this can be found in our very actions and motivations, or something as simple as the words that come out of our mouth. When God is near, we experience the joy of His presence. But when we push Him away, darkness quickly sets into our hearts. We may find ourselves in constant internal turmoil or be unwilling to forgive others like Jesus forgives us.

There was a sermon delivered by Pastor John Stange (from my home church at Core Creek) in which he talked about the struggles the prophet Jeremiah endured while he preached to the kingdom of Judah beginning around the year 627 B.C. At that time, the people were not very receptive to his message. In fact, they never welcomed Jeremiah at all and were continually at odds with him about it.

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Revering the Holy Name of God

A Levite was a man between the ages of twenty and fifty in the days of the Old Testament—a descendent from the line of Aaron that had been called to do priestly work. One of the jobs of the Levites was to transcribe the text of the Torah. These scribes meticulously copied what were on the scrolls given them—the ancient books of the Bible—to make sure every word was accurately and precisely passed down for generations to come. The level of detail and integrity was of utmost importance since this was not just any text; it was a holy text.

Every single letter was duplicated precisely so that not a single error was made. Once the scribe was done with his day’s work, an older Levite would come over to inspect it. This older man would choose a letter at random, and if it didn’t match up perfectly with the original text, the entire scroll was discarded and the scribe would have to start all over again. Continue reading

Forgiveness Without Explanation

We have all been hurt before, or maybe even betrayed by somebody at some point in our lives. (If you don’t know what that feels like, be on guard, because it will inevitably happen to you at some point. It even happened to Jesus and He was the Son of God!) None of us are immune from the pain of these moments and recently I was reminded of just such a thing. Continue reading

The Importance of Solid Foundations

When I’m working at the office or traveling to the office I usually opt for a good podcast, like many of you do. Sometimes music just doesn’t cut it when you’re going thru a difficult season of life. Especially if those melodies stir painful memories in the subject matter. Yet the information contained in a good sermon or life skills podcast can offer up perspective that we may just as easily have overlooked in the past.

Such is the case with one particular podcast I came across called the Jocko Podcast. I don’t know that much about it since I just started with one episode. But in short, it’s a podcast hosted by a retired Navy SEAL, Jocko Willink and director, Echo Charles that discuss discipline and leadership in business, war, relationships and everyday life. Yet from the particular podcast I had selected (Ep. #56), Jocko mentioned how the root of the show always seems to drift into the exploration of human nature at some point.

I had hoped to learn how to better manage stress and sleep deprivation, since that was what was in the episode’s description, yet it ended up being so much more than just that.

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Leading Thru Action

If a certain concept keeps showing up in your life over a short duration of time, take note my friends, it could be something that is in your benefit to take careful note of. One of those things that’s been showing up for me has been the notion of leading thru action, and not just words.

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Waiting Well

Being patient and waiting on God’s timing. If you’re like me, this is something I fail in pretty much every day.

So why does God continually subject us to this aspect that He just knows we’re always going to come up short in? What is, or what could be the point to all this torment? Okay, I get it—letting go and letting Him work it all out, right?

Well, maybe there’s more to it than just that.

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