Waiting for something we really want is hard. We’ll often take shortcuts because we’re trying to skip the waiting if at all possible. Normally, when we’re waiting, we’re not waiting on God, we’re waiting on ourselves, or our circumstances to change. We look around wondering what is blocking or holding up our progress. If we’re not careful we will miss out on something really special if we’re always trying to “hurry things up.” The discipline of waiting is an important part of life. It’s where we learn to trust and display faith. It’s where we come to the end of ourselves. During these times, whether we realize it or not, God is posturing himself to help when He hears our cry. Sometimes God says, “Hang on” so that we can learn how to “hold on.”
August 6, 2017
August 6, 2017 • Danny Rogers
reDEFINED: Part Five
reDISCOVER • April 21, 2019 • Mike Ashcraft
reDEFINED: Part Four
reDEFINED • April 14, 2019 • Mike Ashcraft
Sin is not a moral problem, but an authority problem with moral consequences. It is a force that undermines our capacity to trust. The only way we know how to respond to this broken trust is attempting to control our circumstances. As long as we continue to think of sin as a behavioral dilemma, behavior modification will remain our only solution to the difficulty. But, there is a better way - one that leads to freedom and purpose. We have been designed to live in God's Kingdom ruled by His love. He invites us to live within a way that makes the rules obsolete. Redemption is always available. The redemption Christ provides is the only system in which humans can flourish and find the freedom they crave.
reDEFINED: Part Three
reTURN • April 7, 2019 • Mike Ashcraft
Repent. Very few words cause such a visceral reaction when uttered. Feelings of shame, judgment, and guilt come flooding into our heart and mind. It's as if God is shaking his head and wagging his finger while saying, "you better get your act together or else!" The reason for our repentance matters more than we realize. Guilt and shame never lead to transformation; only grace can. When we continue to defend our goodness, we miss out on experiencing God's goodness which draws us to repentance. Our perception of God influences our willingness to deal with our mess and embrace repentance. Christ extends to us all a generous call to return where we belong. Coming home unleashes God's grace on us. The call to repent is an invitation to remain returned in the way of Jesus and the rule of His Kingdom.