He wants to throw you a party, not throw you in a corner. Shame has no place in His house.Read More
“But don’t begin until you count the cost… you cannot become my disciple without giving up everything you own.” —Jesus, Luke 14:28, 33Read More
"Our best banquets should honor those who need it the most." — Pastor RodneyRead More
“It takes the God of the spiritual to heal a spiritual wound.” — Pastor RodneyRead More
There are lots of reasons we aren’t in the Word as often as we should be. Sometimes we feel too busy. Sometimes, we don’t know where to start.
But I think there’s another reason we don’t like to talk about — the truth that weaves its way through the Word can make us itchy and squirmy and uncomfortable.
“Life isn’t measured by what we own but by how we steward what we’ve been given.” — Pastor RodneyRead More
“If you are filled with light, with no dark corners, then your whole life will be radiant, as though a floodlight were filling you with light.” — Jesus, Luke 11:36Read More
“Deliver us from temptation” — The Lord’s Prayer
For a long time, I was unknowingly stuck in a cycle of shame that stunted some growth. I love this statement from Jesus, asking straightaway for deliverance, because it’s an example to us of how to pray when we encounter our flesh and our sinful desires. And if you’re anything like me, you encounter that flesh more often than you’d like.Read More
“The Holy Spirit gives us guidance, direction, and comfort. Every time that you pray, you may not get what you ask for, but you will get the Holy Spirit.” — Pastor RodneyRead More
We pray expectantly and boldly and because He wants to answer our prayers, and that’s so good. But I’ve been asking myself a hard question — what if we were primarily expectant that God would align our hearts with His heart and our minds with His mind?Read More
When I am renewing my mind with these truths, then I am primed and ready to follow this God. And if we start to doubt that He is good or present or trustworthy, it’s often because we’ve fallen out of communication with Him. The more we get to know Him, the more we are able to trust Him — not because He tells us the future, but because of who He is.Read More
It’s easy for me to forget that the story of the Good Samaritan is a parable — a story that Jesus made up to explain a point. If, in fact, Jesus carefully crafted the words, then I want to pay extra special attention to the way the story goes.Read More
“You’ll be most effective when you’re working in the field the Lord has prepared for you.” — Pastor Rodney
It’s sometimes easier to think about people who we don’t know, fields far from us, and God might very well send us there. However, He won’t NOT call us to show up right where we are. He won’t say to work the field down the street without first becoming aware of the field he has placed right underneath our feet and within our hand’s reach.Read More
“What you get on the mountain will be needed in the valley.” — Pastor Rodney
I once read that Jesus was the most dependent man that ever lived. He consistently went away to spend time with His Father, fasting and praying and listening. He moved and breathed God’s will instead of His own (John 6:38).
Something in us can get a little twitchy when we think about being totally dependent. Perhaps it has to do with our American bootstrap culture. Maybe it’s because we like to think we can work hard enough on our own to get where we need to be. But if Jesus was so dependent on the Father, maybe we can start seeing our need to rely on God as wisdom instead of weakness.Read More
Then [Jesus] asked them, “But who do you say I am?”
Peter replied, “You are the Messiah sent from God!” — Luke 9:20
We are infinitely more equipped now than even Peter was to say who Jesus is — songs, verses, sermons all tell us. We have Google at our fingertips. But the connection between flippantly saying that Jesus is who he says he is and living as if that’s true gets fuzzy. That’s exactly what the enemy would want.Read More
“Faith helps us see kingdom potential in our earthly situation.” — Pastor Rodney
First, there was the storm that Jesus slept through. Then, there was the legion of demons he commanded. After that, there was a little girl on her deathbed needing him and an interruption by the bleeding woman.
I wonder if the disciples were completely confused, if not a little bit suspicious. Here was a man who was clothed in normal flesh, talked with a regular voice, walked on two feet and put his pants/toga on the same way they did. Yet when the time came for very normal human reactions to very big situations, he stayed eerily calm.Read More
“And the seeds that fell on the good soil represent honest, good-hearted people who hear God’s word, cling to it, and patiently produce a huge harvest.” — Luke 8:15
Of all of the soils Jesus details, I think that most of us would intend to be the good one. I read the words and hear the message and sincerely hope that I fall into that category, that I don’t let the enemy take the seed of truth away, that I resist temptation, and that I don’t allow the cares of this world to crowd out God’s Word.
But none of those things matter if I don’t have contact with it.Read More
"She owned up to her identity… And that’s the condition that God can start working with." — Pastor RodneyRead More