Monday’s Meditation

“Sometimes it’s better just to listen.”

“A time to be silent and a time to speak.” Ecclesiastes 3:7b, CSB From the world’s wisest man, I believe this is one of the wisest statements we believers can take to heart. Growing up, I had a student pastor who had many “sayings” he quoted to us quite frequently. Many of those sayings I have forgotten, but there is one that has stuck with me since I was a young teenager. The saying is this: “Sometimes it’s better just to listen.” I have learned much wisdom from this statement. Personally, I’ve tried to quiet myself in situations where I am tempted to speak without thinking … Continue reading “Sometimes it’s better just to listen.”

A God Who Surrounds You

“Those who trust in the Lord are like Mount Zion, which cannot be moved, but abides forever. As the mountains surround Jerusalem, so the Lord surrounds his people, from this time forth and forevermore.“ Psalm 125:1-2  This morning, you woke up. Maybe you took a shower, brushed your hair, got the kids ready for school, or even ran a couple of miles. One thing is for sure: you woke up. The Lord has allowed you another day to live. You might have had a fairly good idea about what was going to go on today. But the reality is that we really don’t know what today … Continue reading A God Who Surrounds You

“The Basic Christian Life”

“What you have heard from me in the presence of many witnesses, commit to faithful men who will be able to teach others also.” 2 Timothy 2:2:, CSB In this letter, Paul is writing to Timothy as a very vulnerable friend who is awaiting his execution. Paul was getting his affairs in order, so his ministry could continue even though he was no longer going to be around. Throughout this letter, there are many, many imperatives from Paul to Timothy. But this specific verse (2:2) is my absolute favorite. Why? Because is shows us the most basic principle for living the Christian life. The most basic principle for living … Continue reading “The Basic Christian Life”

The All-Encompassing Word

“Let the word of Christ dwell richly among you..” Colossians 3:16a, CSB In this passage of Scripture, Paul is using a metaphor of putting on clothes to show characteristics of the Christian life. He shows us in verse 12 5 characteristics: compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience. But in verse 14 he says, “Above all, put on love.” Colossians 3:14a, CSB In a metaphorical way, love is the item of clothing in which Christians should never walk out the door without, for love is the driving force of all characteristics in verse 12. But Paul gives a list of commands here in chapter 3 of Colossians: … Continue reading The All-Encompassing Word