Human beings like our health. We’re well acquainted with the pain and inconvenience of physical illness. It is a tangible “feeling” that something isn’t right in our body. Often our body tells us to slow down and rest, or through more violent measures, to go to the hospital for help. Other times, it can be
When my feet finally touched the ground, I took a moment to look at the sky. The tree tops swirled, and I watched a funnel cloud forming less than a mile to my south. I found a small washout to take cover in. I braced myself for the worst, but within moments, peace overtook the river bottom again.
The violence and fear of that day in the woods was something I’ll never forget. It has caused me to be extra cautious about weather conditions when I hunt, especially if I’m hunting alone. It helped me appreciate peace when I’m in the field.
I sit in stillness, listening to the sounds of the forest as it comes forth from its slumber. I watch as the creatures live out their daily routines as an orchestrated symphony of activity. All of this is meant to give glory to the God who created them. How do I not consider where is God’s grace in this moment?
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Sometimes the person who needs to be reminded of God’s greatness the most is us.
This 9 year commitment to providing this retreat for the men of Spring Hills Church is proof of their commitment to disciple the men of their congregation.
There are many other things about the specifics of heaven that can be unpacked from scripture, but these two thoughts, that God is there, and that he has made a way for us to be citizens there, are the foundational understandings that should draw our eyes and our greatest desires to it.
I can’t say that I’ve achieved final victory over failure in life. It would be foolish to try to convince someone it’s even possible. Humans fail. Failure, and the results of it are a harsh and painful reality. What I can affirm, is that if I have any true victory or success at all in this life, it is ultimately because of God’s grace.
“All you gotta do is…” Don’t we love heroes? In the darkest hour, they shine bright. The history books praise their valor and we shower them with medals and gifts. They “stepped up”. I can remember one of my high-school football coaches railing on during a halftime pep-talk shouting, “Who is gonna be the hero?”
The real trouble with these things is how they actually represent God in our world. Words have power.