Refining Life, on Purpose

Rust: The “Stuff” That Hijacks Spiritual Focus

19 “Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal, 20 but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal. 21For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also. ~ Matthew 6:19-21 Going through my many possessions following a move to a new home, I found a box of baseball caps. I was reminded of a period of my life in which I thought I wanted to visit every Major League Baseball […]

Attention: Take care then how you hear…

Take care then how you hear, for to the one who has, more will be given, and from the one who has not, even what he thinks that he has will be taken away.” Luke 8:18 As a parent, there is a natural inclination to “teach” my three daughters. The trouble is; there’s also a natural (and often unknowing) inclination to teach them my way. For whatever reason, we all seek methods of comfort and stick to them no matter what. It works and that’s all that matters – so we think. But I’m unwittingly telling them to “think how I […]

Jairus: Escaping from Black Pits of Despair

Then came one of the rulers of the synagogue, Jairus by name, and seeing him, he fell at his feet 23 and implored him earnestly, saying, “My little daughter is at the point of death. Come and lay your hands on her, so that she may be made well and live. ~ Mark 5:22-23 Ever had a bad day? If you’re like me, there’s nothing that can change your mood on those days. Ever had something that eats at you so much, you can’t stop thinking or worrying about it? It eats you apart for hours – days – weeks. […]

Angels: Rejoicing for Souls Won to the Savior

Just so, I tell you, there is joy before the angels of God over one sinner who repents. ~ Luke 15:10 When a sinner comes to Christ, who rejoices for them? The world we live in has watered down the concept of angels. Stores sell novelty angel figurines, plush dolls and home décor. We watch TV shows and movies that make wild assumptions about angels who are supposedly sent from Heaven (or even kicked out of Heaven) to walk among us. We’ve even been led to believe there are situations where angels are assigned people to watch over, are among […]

Shadow: I’m With You Always

Lo, I am with you always. ~ Matthew 28:20 What if Jesus came into your home or office and told you He was going to shadow you today? Just imagine explaining to Jesus what it is that you do all day! And, like a curious student, Jesus might ask WHY you are doing what you are doing. What if he did this about all your job functions or chores? What if, after you conversed with an annoying co-worker or a person who interrupted you, Jesus asked; “Why did you respond the way you did?” Could you imagine trying to explain […]