“Imagine if there were a generation of leaders who chose to trust that what God says is true. First they would believe that how He made them is good. Second, it would transform their lives, their work, and their leadership. Imagine a workforce filled with leaders who are pursuing improvements instead of working hard to be people they are not. Imagine a church filled with leaders who have embraced their God-given uniqueness and who are leaning into their gifts to line up with God’s plan for their lives.” pp. 74-75
The Bible begins and ends with marriage, and right in the middle, we have an entire book, the Song of Songs, devoted to the romance of marriage. God called Israel His wife, and the church is called the Bride of Christ.
Marriage is blessed, and Gary Thomas has written a marriage-changing book asking the question, “What if God designed marriage to make us holy more than to make us happy?”
That question changes the entire focus from how marriage will bring me happiness and pleasure to how I can bring glory to God through my marriage. Continue reading A Sacred Marriage Leads Us to a Holy God
“The people God uses, the people God chooses, are ordinary people who pray” (Life Changing Prayers, p. 11).
Seven people like you and me prayed, and their lives and the lives of generations were changed. In Life Changing Prayers, Dr. Michael Youssef examines the prayers of ordinary people – prayers that produced extraordinary results. Youssef examines a prayer for guidance, a prayer of brokenness, a prayer for mercy and justice, a prayer of confession and repentance, a prayer of despair, a prayer of complaint and ultimately of rejoicing, and finally a prayer or song of praise.
“It’s hard to be a Christian,” was a stranger’s comment when he asked me about God in the Dark. We were in the sun on a hot day waiting for the celebration to begin, a graduation ceremony.
The crowd, the heat, the noise disappeared as we explored Sarah Van Diest’s 31 devotions focused on recognizing God in the dark places of pain and suffering. We looked up Scripture on our phones; we found where he could purchase a copy, and we bonded with Van Diest.
God orchestrated a divine appointment, and He used God in the Dark as the tool to start the conversation.
God in the Dark goes deep into those places where some Christians are reluctant to admit that they are walking through–those shadows of doubt, the caves of despair, and the pits of pain. It asks, “Why?”
“Does God see me?”
“Can I see God in what I’m going through?” Continue reading God in the Dark: Light Pierces the Dark