Are we unknowingly condemning Jesus?

 

Three groups converged to condemn an innocent man, and most believed they were justified or not culpable.

While we say we would have never chosen Barabbas over Jesus, the brokenness that existed in these groups exists in us today.  There is something we can do about it.

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A leader that failed, and what we can learn from him

 

I was reading some quotes from a guy whose country was in conflict; I was intrigued by his approach to inspiring change, even though he was written off as a failure.

There's something important we can learn from his story, especially in our present struggles.

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Meet God in the mess

 

As a parent, life can get so messy that I'm not sure how to grow myself spiritually, much less lead my family to do the same.  It would be so much easier if everything went "to plan."

Perhaps God wants to do something in the mess, that is abundantly more than "to plan" could ever bring.

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The aim of our charge is love

 

Paul kicks off 1 Timothy warning his spiritual son how easy it can be for a well-intentioned believer to stumble into vain discussions and destructive engagement.

In this divisive time, the risk for us doing the same is great.  There is a way, though, to avoid this...

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Because of my chains

 

God may want to use your "chains" to accomplish far more than you ever could on your own.

That's what happened for the Apostle Paul and his chains; as he puts it, "Now I want you to know, brothers and sisters, that what has happened to me has actually served to advance the gospel."

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"My heart is to seek first your Kingdom."

 

How do we seek first when we feel attacked on multiple fronts?

In the course of one worship service, God walked me through how He is not only present in those spaces, but He has provided community for that very purpose.

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Let the fresh air in

 

During a session with Sunodia, we talked about burdens, she asked me to visualize a burden.
I imagined the burden as thick, humid, oppressive air that made it hard to breath. She asked me to ask God what it could look like to remove the burden.
My first thought was that I needed to open the windows to get the bad air out. I immediately laughed. I couldn’t say it; instead, God emphasized these words: “Let the fresh air in.

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Prone to float away

 

It’s becoming clearer the moments when I’m living for God, and those when I’m simply living.

The latter is easy to slip into. Like a kid distracted by the waves of the beach, the current quietly pulls me further and further along the shore until I find myself alone and lost. Maybe I had my guard up for the rip current, but not for the every-day-calm-waves discretely leading me from my Father.

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Jesus and ____

 We say that Jesus is all,  but too often our words and actions reveal that we are actually driven by "Jesus and _____"; how we fill that blank can have ramifications, no matter how good it is. More...

"Come Unity"

 The wide ranging views of my church-going friends  shows me both the pain of incredible disconnection and separation, and the reality that there is a collective hurting and longing. More...

Are we merely looking?

We have a high level of confidence in how we perceive the world around us.  What if God wants us to see His creation through His eyes? More...

Which story are we telling?

When we experience something, is it possible that we are only seeing and hearing part of the story, and missing a work of God? More...

Seeing Annie

Do we see the image-bearers that God is raising up around us for Kingdom-impact? More...

A destructive pursuit after an "image"

Is it possible to believe we are genuinely seeking God, and yet be causing harm to others? More...

Indeed, only one

Martha was well-intentioned, and yet her efforts led her to actually dishonor her guest, the Christ; is it possible our efforts could do the same? More...

Shots

In 2017, a drive-by shooting occurred across the street as our kids were playing outside.  This wouldn't be the last time. 
This experience, however, would lead to a vital shift in our understanding of what it means to "love your neighbor." More...

Stories from YWAM:
Prayer Stations

At the start of 2019, a team from YWAM Richmond sensed God calling them to start their new location in Virginia Beach, half a year later than they had originally hoped.
What they didn't know was that God had a powerful reason for that timing.  More...

Stories from YWAM:
Making room for the Spirit

Planning isn't bad.  But when our plans change, are we willing to trust the Spirit? More...

Stories from YWAM:
The Power of Hospitality

What can God do when we are willing to open our homes and lives to our neighbors?  More...

From the archives:
Teaching us to crawl

(9/2/13)
How can a loving God allow us to struggle? More...

From the archives:
Stones of Remembrance

(7/29/2013)
When someone asks us to share a story of God at work, will we remember those moments? More...

From the archives:
Moving the Rubble

(7/12/13)
"In my new role, I see a lot of rubble.  I look at my responsibilities, and at times it seems like an insurmountable mass.  You know what? It probably is.  A lot of ministry work is impossible…save for God."  More...

From the archives:
Just an Extra

(7/3/2013)
God is inviting us into an incredible story... but who do we think the story is about?  More...

FB posts: Practicing Abandon

(5/23/19)
"If I told you this step — God saying to forego salary and trust Him to provide — wasn’t frightening, I’d be lying."  More...

FB posts: Seeds turning into crops

(5/10/19)
"I don’t know what kind of seeds God planted, but I was willing to trust whatever He threw at me. I look forward to seeing what grows, what spreads, no matter how long it takes."  More...

FB posts: Goodbye, Fairmount house...

(3/16/20)
As we say goodbye to a home we've loved, we reflect on just how creative and powerful God was over the course of those 12 years.  More...

FB posts: Rejoicing in the midst of grief

(5/7/20)
How do we live out the mandate in 1 Thessalonians 5:16-17 when there is so much grief and brokenness around us?  More...

FB posts: The cruelty of being asked to die

(5/2/19)
When Jesus calls you to "die to yourself", He is not trying to harm you. He's trying to break you from temporal thinking and show you the only way to life to the fullest.  More...

FB posts: Why won't God just tell us?!

(4/27/17)
We deeply desire to understand God and what He is doing. We want that understanding fully, and we want it now. Often, we won't trust until we have it, we won't move forward, we won't allow joy.  More...

FB posts: Where's the heads-up, Jesus?

(3/30/20)
When the Disciples faced life-threatening storms, Jesus could have said, “hey, heads up: there will be a storm, but we will be okay.”  He didn’t. He didn’t give them any heads up, any reassurance. In fact, one time he went and took a nap.  More...

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