God Didn’t Ask Abraham to Build an Ark

What happens when it’s time to take a radical step of faith? Remember that we are all called to our own version of challenging. It seems easy enough to remember that we all have a unique purpose, but it’s another thing entirely to walk the whole thing out. It was about five years ago when one of us said this phrase to the other. The kitchen and living room were empty. All of our belongings were either sold or packed...

The Good Realtor

  God didn’t change Jacob’s name to Israel because the name fit him at the time.  God gave him that name because of who he was becoming. Our pastor, Neil McClendon once said, “God is like a realtor who walks into a foreclosure, looks past the outdated wallpaper, stained carpeting, bubbling linoleum and says ‘I see what this house can be.’” Do we let the Holy Spirit into our basement filled with hoarded, unspoken fear?  Do we let him look...

What is a Power Phrase?

A power phrase is a short snippet of wording meant to do something mighty for those who say it! Power phrases are 2-10 word phrases that are easy enough to memorize in a day or say to yourself at a stop light. Sometimes it can be discouraging to take on a big passage, but a power phrase is easy to repeat throughout the day. Power phrases remind you of what was most transformative in a portion of reading. They are easy...