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Posts Tagged: Matthew

What does Childlike Faith in God Look Like?

I spent the weekend hosting our ministry booth at Missions Fest Vancouver for the ninth consecutive year. Missions Fest is an amazing event—the largest annual three-day conference of its kind in North America. Thousands of people attend the plenary sessions, workshops, and exhibition hall.   Many of these folks cruise the aisles in the exhibition… [ read more ]

Jesus Cares About Details and Dimes

  Sometimes, as Christians, we bog down in theology. Not that theology isn’t important—it is. But sometimes we allow the academics of faith to override personal relationship with the One in whom our faith rests. Spiritual disciplines then become dry and routine, and we lose the sense of delight and awe that ought to accompany… [ read more ]

What Following Jesus Has Cost Me, and How I Choose to Respond

  “Following Jesus comes with a cost.”   I’ll bet reading those words didn’t trigger joy in your heart. Perhaps they left you thinking Wow, that’s a downer. Maybe they filled you with a sense of dread or fear.   We don’t like to think about our faith journey requiring sacrifice. We’d rather think about… [ read more ]

How to Speak Words You Won’t Regret

  The tongue can be nasty. We use it to interrupt conversations, spew sarcasm, spread gossip, break promises, tell lies, complain, criticize, and more. Simply writing that list makes me feel like I need a bar of soap for an old-fashioned mouth washing.   On the flipside, however, the tongue can do tremendous good. We… [ read more ]

How Our Attitude About Suffering Differs From God’s

Over the past 20 years, our path has repeatedly crisscrossed with that of a particular family—one that’s had an overdose of suffering, or so it seems. This family has five grown kids. One—a son—lives in heaven now. A car accident claimed his life. Another son—the father of two preschoolers—just underwent his third cancer surgery and… [ read more ]

Our Prayers – Effective Supplication or Spiritual Babble?

  My husband and I scheduled a few days’ rest at a friend’s condo about 470 miles from home. When the weatherman promised sunshine and warm temperatures, we decided to ride our motorbike rather than drive the car.   Typically, I work on my laptop when we drive long distances in the car. So, riding… [ read more ]

Why Good Intentions Aren’t Enough

  Not everyone who calls out to me, “Lord! Lord!” will enter the Kingdom of Heaven. Only those who actually do the will of my Father in heaven will enter. (Matthew 7:21 NLT)   Good intentions are good, but they’re not good enough. That’s true for every aspect of life. Here are a few examples:… [ read more ]

How Can We Shine As Lights in a Dark World?

Christmas has passed, and we packed away our decorations yesterday. Sadly, my living room seems bare without the tree and its wee colored lights. Every morning for the past month, I found simple pleasure in turning on those lights the moment I entered the room. I loved seeing how they lit up the darkness, and… [ read more ]

3 Suggestions for Developing a God-Honoring Perspective

Life gets complicated sometimes, doesn’t it? I’ve blogged about how mine took an unexpected turn two weeks ago when my left Achilles tendon partially ruptured. Then, last Sunday my “good” knee gave out, so my mobility is now limited to my bottom (I’m gaining new skills at scooting across the floor!) and my wheelchair. No… [ read more ]