If there is “now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus,” why do we Christians so often feel like we’re just not good enough? Why do we try to do more, to overcommit ourselves to accomplishing more than we ever could, as if God’s love for us depended on our accomplishments?
In my experience, to know Christ is enough and to live like it are two different things.
Many of you FaithWalkers know I have been critical of how our nation has handled the Syrian refugee crisis. But that does not mean I do not care about the families who are running for their lives from the evil that is ISIS.
It has been challenging to know what to do to help them where they are. But I am proposing some simple steps we can take as we head into Christmas.
We can make a difference right now for these refugees in the name of Jesus by doing 3 things.
Click here to read my post at Patheos and discover what we can do.
I took some down time with family and friends last week and so my posts have slowed briefly. Look for more in the coming weeks and helpful resources in the coming year.
I am excited about the journey ahead and especially about the new FaithWalkers podcast coming in January.
Thanks to all who have responded to my emails to give input on topics and questions to address.
See you out on the trail….
How is your relationship with God? Have you ever been asked this question? Maybe you’ve asked the question of others. How should it be answered? Is there a right or wrong way?
I recently heard Randy Pope, author of Insourcing: Bringing Discipleship Back to the Local Church (Leadership Network Innovation Series) share an account of how he has often posed the question, “How is your relationship with God?” to men in his discipleship groups. He often gets answers such as, “Well, I’ve been traveling for two weeks so it’s been really hectic. I haven’t read my Bible as much as I should. I probably am not in a good relationship with God right now.” His response in those situations essentially is to ask, “What does that have to do with what I asked you?”
What is faith? We Christians talk a lot about it, especially as it concerns our salvation. Truth be told, we like to leave it there at the point of conversion, confined in the Salvation Box we’ve created for it.
And yet we’re called to walk by it, to live “from faith to faith,” and to ensure our faith is evident to all.
But it would seem to me to be difficult at best, impossible at worst, to engage something we can’t define. I would suggest one reason we Christian don’t walk by faith all that well is that we don’t know what faith is. That’s not the only reason, of course, but it is a foundational one.