Are you tired? Worn out? Burned out on religion? Come to me. Get away with me and you’ll recover your life. I’ll show you how to take a real rest. Walk with me and work with me— watch how I do it. Learn the unforced rhythms of grace. I won’t lay anything heavy or ill-fitting on you. Keep company with me and you’ll learn to live freely and lightly.
– Matthew 11: 28– 30 THE MESSAGE
How do we follow Christ in this manner, learning to live freely and lightly in the unforced rhythms of grace? Let me suggest four important principles for growing closer to God through Scripture.
But the word of God continued to increase and spread. – Acts 12:24
It reads like a fictional thriller. A brilliant escape from an impossible Roman jail confounded even those who were a part of the escape team. The escapee, Peter, was bound with two (not one) chains directly to the guards themselves. Those assigned to insure his captivity were under the oath of death should he escape. It was more intriguing than “Oceans 13″, and far more fascinating than “Gone in Sixty Seconds.”
CONNECTED TO THE SOURCE Just as we, as pastors and leaders, need to be connected to the Source, we need to do everything we can to make sure that those we are discipling get connected as quickly as possible to that same source. It’s that source that is the Artesian well, the fountainhead of truth. That source is the Scriptures: the infallible Word of God. We need to teach people to dig into the Read More
A Bulwark Against the Enemy It was the day of the triumphal entry, when Jesus came down off the Mount of Olives. He entered Jerusalem on a donkey. As He did, people would break palm leaves and lay them in front of Him. The children began to cry out, “Hosanna … Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord!” Just then, the religious leaders said to Jesus, “Tell these kids to be quiet! Read More
A physics teacher handed each of his students several big rocks, a wide-mouth mason jar and a container of sand. He said, “You will have fifteen seconds to put all of the rocks and sand into the jar. Ready, set, go!” The students frantically poured the sand into the mason jar and began to shove the rocks in… twelve…thirteen… fourteen, fifteen seconds. “Class, times up!” “We’ve got three Read More