Four Benefits of a Blameless Life

King David, in Psalm 119:80, offers this rich prayer: May my heart be blameless in your statutes, that I may not be put to shame! Indeed, this prayer ought to be on the lips of every follower of Jesus Christ. I ask myself what might be the benefits of a blameless life. It appears that a lack of shame would […]

Prayer’s Power in Tumultuous Times

Daniel 2:1 and following tell of dreams that King Nebuchadnezzar had that kept him from sleep, leaving him troubled. Summoning his senior advisors (Daniel was not among those initially called), he solicits not only insight into the dreams’ meaning, but expects his advisors to tell him what the dreams actually were. They, of course, resisted this request, claiming in Daniel […]

Three Means to Hardened Heart

While visiting with a friend this morning the conversation turned to the too-common reality of a heart grown hard. My friend and I are people desperate to have hearts soft toward God, tender to his purposes and pleasures and presence. As we were reflecting on this hunger for pliability and proximity to the Father, what came to our minds were […]

Ten Things I Learn When I Listen to God

There are those convictions that come along reminding me that I spend an awful lot of time talking to the Lord, but very little real time just listening. Reflecting on this sad reality brings to my mind the words of Isaiah 29:13, wherein the Lord says, “this people draw[s] near with their mouth and honor[s] me with their lips, while […]

Thoughts on Aronofsky’s “Noah”

Christa and I went to a late morning showing of Noah yesterday at the West Acres Cinema in Fargo. Honestly, it was better than I anticipated, and yet it fell well short of what it should have been. Some of the positive things about the movie, things that I frankly thought filmmaker Darren Aronofsky did better than expected, included highlighting […]

The Cry of the Warrior-Poets

Stop for just a moment. Ask yourself from what it is the Lord has set you free. Was it the scaring shame of deep-seated sin? Was it a relationship that was once spiraling out of control, now healed and thriving? Was it a season of depression or anxiety that you thought would never end? Was it a significant time of set-backs, […]