“Righteousness” is not a word we often hear or use outside of the context of the Bible and the church. And even when we hear it there, I’m not sure we really have a handle on what it means. We often think of righteousness merely as moral purity or personal holiness. As if Jesus was saying , “seek first the kingdom of God and his moral purity.”
“Is there a pool?” It’s the question you’re most likely to hear me ask when I am considering where to stay on any vacation that falls between March and September. But not all pools are created equal. I am scouring Airbnb’s for a pool with a lounging ledge. You know the ones. I’m talking about a pool that boasts a space just wide enough for a lounge chair and just carved out enough to allow for water that’s depth is measured in inches instead of feet.
Maybe some of you have experienced the beautiful effects of studying God’s truth and hiding it in your hearts, but perhaps some of you are floating in a sea of words on wispy thin pages wondering, “Where do I even begin?”
Sparrow Conference 2017 is quickly approaching and we are so excited to hear from the women who will be teaching and encouraging us from the Book of James all weekend long! Jada Edwards graciously answered a few questions as we prepare to gather, learn, and ask the Lord to move through our time next weekend.
Sparrow Conference 2017 is quickly approaching and we are so excited to hear from the women who will be teaching and encouraging us from the Book of James all weekend long! Jen Wilkin graciously answered a few questions as we prepare to gather, learn, and ask the Lord to move through our time next weekend
James says this simple phrase in chapter 4 verse 8, “Draw near to God and he will draw near to you.” In the following verses, we learn that the act of drawing near involves us submitting ourselves to God, resisting the enemy and the world,cleansing our hands, purifying our hearts and humbling ourselves.
1 Peter 2:9 tells us that we are “a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for his own possession, that [we] may proclaim the excellences of him who called [us] out of darkness into his marvelous light.” God has called us, adopted and claimed us as His (Eph. 2:5) and we are to live out our days proclaiming His glory because we carry His name.
Purpose is a funny thing. To most, it seems to be life’s unanswerable question - “What is the purpose of life?” As believers, we can find an immense amount of joy in knowing the answer to that question without doubt.
The holiday season is upon us. There is likely no other season in which we gather our paper and pens and begin to list the things for which we are thankful. We tend to be more aware that we ought to be grateful in the holiday season and actively look to thank and acknowledge the Gift Giver. This is a right and worthy task. This recognition of the goodness of God throughout the Bible is called praise.
I have heard that phrase uttered countless times. It’s almost always meant to be a sincere way to encourage people to find value in their stories and respect others. But what happens when we begin to define the world by the way we have experienced it? Lies set in. Half-truths bear inconsistent fruit. Conflicting ideas paralyze or incite anger. Most tragically, the kingdom of the world begins to appear more logical than the kingdom of God. So in a world where we have access to an unimaginable amount of information and perspectives in seconds, what are we to do?
Fall! Just the word brings to mind a host of images and memories. Football season, school schedules, halloween costumes, and the beloved (or reviled) Pumpkin Spice Latte. As school ramps up, work travel schedules begin to emerge, or the monotony of life hums along, here are a few words of encouragement for you!