Emotionally Healthy Spirituality: Pages 148-152

February 28, 2015Pastor's Blog

John 12:24 There has never been an age so focused on itself as this one. It is in our songs, advertisements, entertainment, news, and schools, it seems to be everywhere,   Jesus tells us the simple truth. If we want a full life, one with meaning and relevance, we must die to ourselves. So much of what we want to do for God we try to do by ourselves. Our motives are right. Our heart is right but our identity gets involved in pulling off OUR plans. Jesus reminds us that … Read More

Emotionally Healthy Spirituality: Pages 148-149

February 27, 2015Pastor's Blog

“I have wondered if the greatest loss we must grieve is our [own] limits.” In late December I sat in a quiet room looking over the past year; my blessings, failures and the ways I had grown. I realized that I’d grown to better understand my limits. The book calls it embracing the gift of limits but I’d never considered my limits a gift. They were just flaws to be improved or weaknesses to cover…but to embrace them as blessings? Never. But in 2014 Jesus whispered to me that my … Read More

Emotionally Healthy Spirituality: Pages 145-146

February 26, 2015Pastor's Blog

Psalm 37:7 “My greatest challenge in following Jesus Christ for over thirty years has been waiting on God when things are confusing.” Seasons of grief and loss create some of our most challenging moments as believers because we don’t understand the whys, hows, whats, and whens of what is happening in our world. The good news is, we don’t have to understand…we can be free to be with Jesus and know the presence of the Holy Spirit. Where are some places you can practice Psalm 37:7? Your car? A quiet … Read More

Emotionally Healthy Spirituality: Pages 143-145

February 25, 2015Pastor's Blog

“Job screamed out in his pain, holding nothing back. He shouted at God. He prayed wild prayers. He doubted. He wept. He wondered where God is & why all this has happened to him.” (pg. 142-143) Have you ever asked God THE question: Why me Lord? Of course! It’s perfectly human & logical to wonder how a loving God, full of grace & mercy allows suffering. The real question should be: What are You trying to teach me? “Our churches are filled with ‘leaking’ Christians who have not treated their emotions … Read More

Emotionally Healthy Spirituality: Pages 138-142

February 24, 2015Pastor's Blog

“When we are children, creating a defensive wall to shield us from pain can serve as one of God’s great gifts to us. The transition into adulthood, however, requires that we mature through our “defense mechanisms” of denial in favor of honestly looking at what is true – at reality. Jesus himself said, “You will know the truth, and the truth will set you free” John 8:32. Unconsciously, however, we carry many defensive maneuvers into adulthood to protect ourselves from pain. And in adulthood, they block us from growing up … Read More

Emotionally Healthy Spirituality: Pages 135-138

February 23, 2015Pastor's Blog

“There is no greater disaster in the spiritual life than to be immersed in unreality. In fact the true spiritual life is not an escape from reality but an absolute commitment to it. Loss marks the place where self-knowledge and powerful transformation happen- if we have the courage to participate fully in the process. Loss and grief, however, cannot be separated from the issue of our limits as human beings” (Pg. 135). Avoiding grief and loss is a temptation for many Christians. We tend to avoid the grieving process by … Read More

Emotionally Healthy Spirituality: Pages 132-133

February 21, 2015Pastor's Blog

1 Corinthians 7: 29-31 Some of us are more susceptible to distraction than others, but all of us are easily diverted from our mental focus. We are constantly forced to refocus our minds, which drift so easily. Paul’s teaching (1 Cor. 7:29-31) makes it clear that what we do in this life must be determined in the light of eternity.   Our decisions should not be made solely on the basis of what we are free to do, but on the basis of what helps advance the gospel and which enables … Read More

Emotionally Healthy Spirituality: Pages 129-132

February 20, 2015Pastor's Blog

“I like to know where God is going [and] what He is doing… [But] most of the time we have no idea…” (p 129) Journeying through “The Wall” with Jesus produces a stronger appreciation for holy unknowing and a greater ability to wait on God. Let’s face it, God is totally beyond our ability to figure out. But who wants to serve a God that my brain can grasp or direct? Not me! But as we invite Jesus on our journey we learn that not knowing is ok and that … Read More

Emotionally Healthy Spirituality: Pages 127-128

February 19, 2015Pastor's Blog

Luke 18:9-14 “Before we go through the Wall, we prefer to exercise the right to determine good and evil rather than leave this knowledge to God. Afterward, we know better.” The journey through the wall brings you to a place where you must fully depend on Jesus. Christ supernaturally takes you through the wall that you may discover how to depend on His grace. How would you measure your level of brokenness? Have you given up the desire to be in control of your life so that His grace can … Read More

Emotionally Healthy Spirituality: Pages 125-126

February 18, 2015Pastor's Blog

“God is the One who moves us through the Wall. … We make choices to trust God, to wait on God, to obey God, to stick with God, to remain faithful when everything in us wants to quit & run.” (pg. 126) Instantaneous! That’s how we want to get through the Wall. God has His own timetable for moving us forward. We think nothing’s happening, God’s working out patience, maturity, dependency & intimacy in us. He has a reason for making us wait. Just pick up your bible & glance … Read More