“All they had was the real, living presence of Jesus Christ…”

Speaking of the early church in the Roman Empire, Kevin Palau writes:

“All they had was the real, living presence of Jesus Christ himself–living in them through the Holy Spirit, giving them what they needed to bear witness and radically love in ways the world could not explain.” From Palau’s book Unlikely)

Unlikely is one of the most important books I’ve read in years. It’s just what I needed to hear. You might have the same reaction: Unlikely: Setting Aside Our Differences to Live Out the Gospel

Every day that goes by I’m less impressed

Every day that goes by I’m less impressed with me, and more impressed with Jesus.

8/1/15 Edit: So after finishing the blog post for Saturday, August 1, 2015, I just googled this statement to see if anyone else might have said something similar. And I noticed that I misspelled Jesus’ name. (It’s now corrected.)

Now I’m even less impressed.

What Are You Living For?

What are you going to regret?

The original YouTube video from my friend Nate Hanson’s YouTube Channel: What Are You Living For?

This is an animated version that works well on computers: What Are You Living For?

[HT to my friend Peter Gurguis at Not Ashamed of the Gospel for turning me on to this video. And to Nate Hanson for posting it on his YouTube channel.]

It’s Okay To Pray For Your Body

It’s okay to pray for your body. Sometimes we can get into a mindset that our bodies are bad, and spiritual things are what’s good. Or that we should pray exclusively for the bodies of others, and not for ourselves, because that would be selfish. But Jesus told us to pray for our bodies’ needs. “Give us this day our daily food,” he said.

God designed bodies.

God created bodies.

God loves bodies.

It’s good to pray for your body.



Ray Stedman, When Prayer Becomes Personal

An Open Letter To Those In Pain and Suffering

Christian pain and suffering

Dear Friend In Pain,

I feel so sad and so sorry about what you’re going through right now. I can’t imagine what it’s like. I can guarantee you that what I’m sharing in this letter won’t take the pain away. And I want you to feel perfectly free not to read it. If you don’t I won’t take the least bit of offence. I only want to share with you what made the biggest difference for me when I went through my time of pain. Continue reading