Posted on March 1, 2017 by llamapacker
~ I read an absolutely heartbreaking article this week. In his article, When Familiar Beats Good, Ed Welch shares a quote that will rip your heart out:
I’ve never been well or happy for a long period of time. So when I do feel like I am doing well, I’m afraid because it’s not a feeling I’m familiar with and it scares me. When I do become clean, I’ve got to become a new person because I’ve been this other person for so long.
That quote is from a woman who lives under a bridge with other junkies. She’s a grandmother of six, addicted to heroin. That quote really gets to me because as a pastor I’ve seen something similar play out before my eyes. I’ve watched as people make decisions from a position of enslavement. It’s heartbreaking. And if I’m being honest, it breaks my heart because I sometimes see this very thing in my own life.
If you know me at all—and you might even pick it up in my writing—I have a tendency to see the dark side of things. Charles Bridges has said, “occasions always present themselves for the display of an unhappy temper.” Bridges is talking about the person who is always fighting and quarreling and being angry. That’s not so much my struggle. My struggle is with depression and negativity. I don’t look at things with hopeful eyes, I call it realism but it’s probably better labeled cynicism.
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Posted on February 3, 2017 by llamapacker
Posted on November 1, 2016 by llamapacker
Is your prayer life sometimes boring? Hard to pay attention? Often get distracted? Feel just like you are going through the motions? I know that I’ve had seasons just like that. I’ve already confessed that if I’m not careful I’ll drift into rote and meaningless prayers before meal time.
I’m convinced that our theology and worldview is on full display in the way that we pray (or don’t pray). I agree with J.I. Packer who said, “I believe that prayer is the measure of the man, spiritually, in a way that nothing else is, so that how we pray is as important a question as we can ever face”. My prayer life lays bare not only the things which are important to me but also how important and self-sufficient I think I am. Prayerlessness reveals a self-sufficient heart.
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Posted on October 26, 2016 by llamapacker
Posted on October 4, 2016 by llamapacker
Posted on September 24, 2016 by llamapacker
~ Mike Leake
It’s Monday morning and I’m slowly recovering from Sunday. I take a brief look at the text for the upcoming Sunday. What I say to myself in that moment will determine what type of steward I am of God’s Word. There are two types of stewards in the Bible. When we consider handling the Bible, only one of these types of stewards is faithful to the master.
Consider Matthew 25:14-30 and what it says about stewardship. The manager here gives out different talents to individuals. His task for them is to improve upon what he had given. If he gives you ten talents then he is expecting more than ten talents when he returns. This is why the dude who kept the talent safe—by burying it in the backyard—was considered a worthless servant. He didn’t improve upon what the manager had given to him.
The rest is at: http://www.mikeleake.net/2016/09/what-type-of-steward-of-gods-word-are-you.html
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Posted on September 13, 2016 by llamapacker