How Well Are You Listening?

Most arguments seem to spring from a sense of not being heard or understood. When we are not understood we tend to press our point or perspective harder. Unfortunately, our extra efforts and energy can be threatening and put others on the defensive.  Change is needed.

At a number of junctures Jesus is recorded as saying, “Whoever has ears to hear, let him hear.”  These words were always clues indicating that the listener needed to employ a spiritual, kingdom understanding in order to grasp the point Jesus was making. He was encouraging His hearers to slow down, ponder and ask God’s help to understand the things of the Spirit.

In Revelation, we see Jesus using the same expression for people to understand His messages to each of the seven churches. He said, “Whoever has ears, let them hear what the Spirit says to the churches.” We, too, need to take time to listen and discern what God is saying. We need the...

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How to Deal With the Three Ugly Stepsisters: Worry, Doubt, Fear

Sometimes people believe many of the “right” things about God and have fairly solid theology, yet their lives seem none the better for it.  How can this be?  Often we have rebellious rumblings under the surface of our consciousness.  They can go undetected unless we take time to allow them to surface and intentionally address them.

Worry is one such rumbling that can rob our spiritual lives.  It is a deceptive thought/feeling.  It can make us feel like we are being responsible when we are not. Worry never helps a situation. Jesus told His disciples not to worry about their lives, clothes or food.  He asked, “Who by worrying can add one hour to their life?” (Luke 12:24)  Paul said not to worry or be anxious about anything, but instead to
bring our concerns to God. (Philippians 4:6)  Peter exhorts us to cast all our anxiety upon the Lord who cares for us. (1 Peter 5:7)

Doubt can also creep into our relationship with...

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Is Your Love Prophetic?

Jesus said that in the last days the love of most people will grow cold. Is your love cold or hot
with the presence and purposes of God? Real love is focused and intentional. It is focused on
another or others. It is intentional in that it is expressed – it is an active verb. You can tell if you
are expressing this kind of love, they will experience it and others will see it. Real love is
demonstrative. Its deepest source and inspiration comes from God. 

“God is love.” (1 John 4:8) Love is the expression of His essence – and it is His motivation for
creation. His creation expresses His love and shares His love. As we experience love, walk in
love and act lovingly, we bare His image in this world. Let’s look at three clear, yet counter-
cultural expressions of love. This kind of love is a prophetic sign in our day. It points to a
greater source and purpose than ourselves. 

“Be devoted to one another...

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Can We Talk?

Many people in our country believe that faith is a personal thing – that it’s not something to talk about or share with others. To believe this, however, is to believe that there is no real, solid, true faith that we must all consider.

The Bible uses the expression “the faith” to describe a solid belief in Jesus Christ that impacts and informs all aspects of life.  People are to be strengthened in the faith, encouraged to stand strong in the faith, to examine themselves to make sure they are in the faith, to grow in the unity of the faith and to experience joy in the faith together. Faith is personal.   Faith is also corporate.   We need to be discuss it so we can grow and progress in our understanding, application and practice of “the faith.”

In Ephesians 4:15 we are instructed to “speak the truth in love” to each other. This is what we all need spiritually and relationally. We need to receive both...

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