Train Yourself to be Godly

Karen Bables

READ : 1 Timothy 3:14-4:16 Exercise daily in God—no spiritual flabbiness. . . ! (v. 8 The Message) In his book Outliers, Malcolm Gladwell reports that it takes 10,000 hours of practice to achieve mastery in a field. Baseball players, violinists, computer programmers, and inventors all need to spend hours at their craft. They need dedication, determination, and discipline. The …

Opening the Door

Karen Bables

READ : Revelation 3:19-22 Behold, I stand at the door and knock. (v. 20 When I was six, our minister (who looked like God to me) bent down and warmly spoke to me. I felt loved. At thirteen, the time had come to profess my faith. I was part of the church. But as time passed, my comfort level decreased. …

Press On

Stan Mast

READ : Philippians 3:10-14 Not that I have already obtained all this, or have already arrived at my goal, but I press on to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of me. (v. 12 NIV) For a solid month we have focused on knowing Christ. I alliterated the various movements of our meditations to help you …

Knowing and Being Known

Stan Mast

READ : 1 Corinthians 13:1-13 Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known. (v. 12 NIV) I have to say one more thing about building our lives on Jesus and his teachings. We won’t ever do that well enough. Jesus did not say that your house will glow in the dark or …

The Way Forward

Stan Mast

READ : Matthew 7:24-29 Therefore everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock. (v. 24 NIV) These words tell us that Jesus doesn’t mean to frighten us away with his hard words. Rather he wants to encourage us to keep building our lives on …