I am seriously concerned for the emotional state of our churches pastors. It is not an exaggeration to say that I don’t know of a single pastor who has not considered quitting over the past 6 months. Ministry can be extremely rewarding. But it is also incredibly draining and painful, at times.
There are two profound implications of our unity in Christ: 1) We are all citizens in the same kingdom and 2) We are all members of the same family.
our reasons for seeking racial reconciliation go even deeper than Christ’s command to love people and the truth that all people are created in the image of God. It is at the heart of everything Christ said and did. Racial reconciliation isn’t just ancillary to the Gospel; it IS the Gospel.
Worry can hang like a dense fog in our lives, weighing us down and keeping us from seeing what’s really there. When we look at our problems, all we see is this huge, dense fog covering everything, clouding our view.
Here are two practical ways to dissipate the fog of worry.
The decision to wholeheartedly seek God’s will and obey is the best decision we can ever make.
Here are four practical things to do when you can’t decide.
We don’t really want to know God’s will in all we do. We want to know God’s will for our lives. It’s a subtle difference between discerning God’s will in every situation and trying to discern God’s will for me in every situation, but the resulting consequences are monumental.
If I’m waiting until I fully understand what, why, where, and how before I make a decision, I will drive myself crazy with endless “what-ifs” and never translate a single conceptual idea into a concrete reality.
Our family has been praying about and wrestling with a big decision for the past year and a half. Our prayers almost always focus on clarity. We want to know for sure what we should do, which way we should go. Yet, after nearly 18 months of praying, it seems the waters are more muddied than ever before.
Do you feel like the heat is on? Like you’re in the pressure cooker and the steam is about to blow? Is your faith being tested? This story from Daniel shows us three ways we can walk through the fires of life and not get burned.