Every message I preach I preach because I believe it’s the specific word God has given for the specific people I’m speaking to. Every once in a while a message I’m preparing hits me as more significant than others. This message was one of those messages.
I really believe that brutal honesty painted on the backdrop of ruthless trust is necessary for us to be free and to reign in life (Rom 5:17).
A lot of people feel entitled to things going well for them.
This is shown true by how ripped off people feel when things don’t go well for them and how ungrateful people feel when things do go well for them.
If things going poorly lands as injustice to you, and things going well doesn’t land as a gift to you, then you are living with a dangerous sense of self righteous entitlement.
The bible has some fascinating things to say about the giants that used to walk the earth, especially the Nephilim, but even more fascinating is the men who defeated them.
This week’s message was about three men who defeated giants: Caleb, Joshua, and David.
I have really been inspired and moved by some recent comments from Tullian Tchividjian in a recent apology he issued on his blog. Here’s a few highlights:
“One of the things that the gospel frees you to do is to never have to bear the burden of defending yourself… When you feel the need to respond to criticism, it reveals how much you’ve built your identity on being right… Because Jesus won for you, you’re free to lose…and last week I fought to win. I’m sorry you had to see that. Lord have mercy…” -Tullian Tchividjian
The particular phrase “Because Jesus won for you, you’re free to lose.” was particularly impactful to me.
The following is the sermon audio for five, very practical messages I preached for a series on “Finances”.
The first two messages lay the foundation of priorities and the generosity of God. The last three break finances very practically into three different categories: the money I give, I spend, and what’s extra.
Learning to live on less money can relieve stress when you have less and give freedom and flexibility when you have more.
Whether you find yourself in a season of having more or a season of having less, learning how to practically live on less is a good thing to learn. Here’s 20 ways to do it:
I’ve decided to refocus my blog.
The primary purpose of this blog is to help people to do their life well, or as the bible puts it to “reign in life” (Rom 5:17). I don’t want people who want to do their life well not to read my blog because they’re not interested in the other stuff I post that doesn’t necessarily pertain to doing life well.
So in lieu of this refocusing, I will no longer be doing the weekly “Week In Links” posts and the quarterly “Spotify Playlist” posts. If that’s discouraging to you, know that you can still get all the same links by following me on Twitter or by checking my Twitter page periodically for new links.
Thanks for reading.