The many little deaths in serving others

Richard Foster in his excellent book Celebration of Discipline (pg 110) writes:   “In some ways we would prefer to hear Jesus’ call to deny father and mother, houses and land for the sake of the gospel than his word to wash feet. Radical self-denial gives the feel of adventure. … But in service, we much experience the many little deaths of going beyond ourselves. … Continue reading The many little deaths in serving others

JOSHUA 16: THEY DID NOT DISLODGE THEM

This article was first published on our church website. READ “They did not dislodge the Canaanites living in Gezer; to this day the Canaanites live among the people …” (Josh 16:10) THINK A throwaway line at the end of a chapter that may interest government officers involved in boundary changes but not the rest of us. Right? This apparently incidental statement about how the Ephraimites … Continue reading JOSHUA 16: THEY DID NOT DISLODGE THEM

Grace shines brightly in uncertain times

This article was first published on ourchurch website READ “Then Joshua son of Nun secretly sent two spies from Shittim. “Go, look over the land,” he said, “especially Jericho.” So they went and entered the house of a prostitute named Rahab and stayed there.” (Josh 2:1) THINK By the start of Chapter 2 of Joshua, the pace of the story is picking up. The war … Continue reading Grace shines brightly in uncertain times

What to do when the unexpected happens

The following article was first published on our church website.   READ “Be strong and courageous, because you will lead these people to inherit the land I swore to their forefathers to give them. Be strong and very courageous. Be careful to obey all the law my servant Moses gave you; do not turn from it to the right or to the left, that you … Continue reading What to do when the unexpected happens