Connecting With Jay (Page 8)

Connecting With Jay (Page 8)

Patience Isn’t Passive

I am an impatient person. Waiting is a nuisance at best. This presents a challenge when I run into those situations when wisdom says “wait on the Lord.” In fact, “wait on the Lord” sounds very much like “sit down, shut up, and see what happens” which is in dangerous proximity to passivity and boredom, a state of being that is hair-tearingly tedious. But my understanding…

The Different Tenses of Grace

Devotional by John Piper We always pray for you, that our God may make you worthy of his calling and may fulfill every resolve for good and every work of faith by his power, so that the name of our Lord Jesus may be glorified in you, and you in him, according to the grace of our God and the Lord Jesus Christ. (2 Thessalonians 1:11-12) Grace is not only God’s desire to do…

Feeling… devastated?

Have you ever received a piece of crushing news that totally rocked your world?  It may have been news regarding a medical diagnosis, a choice made by someone that you love that cut you deeply, the death of someone close to you, news that you were being fired when you’ve been living paycheck to paycheck, a deed perpetrated against you by someone that you looked up to… or…

Lord, help me be like the coffee bean!

There was a daughter who complained to her father about her life and how things were so hard for her. She did not know how she was going to make it, and wanted to give up. She was tired of all the fighting and struggling, because it seemed as though in solving one problem, two more would arise. Her father, who was a chef, took her to the kitchen. He filled three pots with…

We Work by Grace

By the grace of God I am what I am, and his grace toward me was not in vain. On the contrary, I worked harder than any of them, though it was not I, but the grace of God that is with me. (1 Corinthians 15:10) Paul realized that the first part of this verse might be misunderstood. So he goes on to say, “Though it was not I, but the grace of God that is with me.” This text…

The Ugliest Sin

Disrespect gets my vote for the “Ugliest Sin” award! You may disagree, of course, but please bear with me for a moment as I plead my case. For starters, while I hate to be a name-dropper, the fact is that God doesn’t think very highly of disrespectfulness. Neither do those closest to Him. Jesus said that anyone who uses insulting terms to describe his brother is in danger…

My Soul Longs for the Courts of the Lord.

As I was reading this week, I came across Psalm 84 and found it so uplifting and encouraging to listen to the words of a man that was so in awe and excited about God that these words poured forth out of his soul… but I also found it challenging!  As we come together this morning we will sing songs and spend time focusing in on communion and prayer, and we will ask for…

First Mark of the Upright Heart

“This is the one to whom I will look: he who is humble and contrite in spirit and trembles at my word.” (Isaiah 66:2) The first mark of the upright heart is that it trembles at the Word of the Lord. Isaiah 66 deals with the problem of some who worship in a way that pleases God and some who worship in a way that doesn’t. Verse 3 describes the wicked who bring their…

Faith, Hope, and Love

“So now faith, hope, and love abide, these three; but the greatest of these is love.” (1 Corinthians 13:13, ESV). As Paul spoke with the church in Corinth, his purpose was to correct many false ideas and many problems within the church. In chapter 12, he addresses problems about spiritual gifts. It would seem that the church was unusually fixated on what gifts…

My Sin, Not in Part, But the Whole

“My sin, oh the bliss of this glorious thought.” This is a strange phrase. Has it ever caught your attention before? In the third stanza of “It is Well,” the hymnist leads with this curious arrangement of words. It always struck me as odd. How can I consider my sin blissful? Eventually, I learned to look at things in their proper context. I had never connected those lines…