Ask, Seek, Knock

As I think about the idol of success and self-reliance, I realize that those leave little room for faith!  My Friday men’s group has been studying a book on parables called, The Parables: Understanding What Jesus Meant by Gary Inrig, and a few weeks ago, we were in...

Idolatry

Last week, I talked about idolizing self-reliance and success.  The Bible has a lot to say about idolatry, and yet it’s easy to read biblical passages about idols and think, I don’t bow down to pagan altars. I’m not sacrificing animals or burning incense to another...

Why Run?

Why are you running so fast pretending you know which way to go?  For me, I’ve realized that I have made an idol of self-reliance!  I think that I have the wisdom and power to work my way out of almost any situation.  In fact, I set goals and I chase the outcomes in...

Fast Paced Chaos

Our fast paced culture just does NOT let up!  Do you ever reach the end of the day feeling completely spent—but still not satisfied? As if, despite all your hard work, you still didn’t accomplish everything you wanted to?  It doesn’t seem to change with how busy my...

Striving for What?

Last week, I talked about that constant stress of climbing the next hill in front of you.  Most of us feel like we need to work really hard at conquering the next obstacle and we forget that God has already done the hard work and we can actually rest with Him and let...

Striving or Submitting?

For my entire life, I felt like I had to climb a mountain and keep relying on myself to grow!  The older I get, the more I realize that growing in Christ is just the opposite of self-reliance.  The power is in submission, which may feel more like a descent than an...