Posted by: Bob Clark | November 19, 2015

Engaging Opportunities

“Be wise in the way you act toward outsiders; make the most of every opportunity. Let your conversation be always full of grace, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how to answer everyone” (Colossians 4:5-6). Today these words seem to have an extra punch. I’ve been having opportunities to engage with outsiders, and I really need wisdom and grace. How about you?

Posted by: Bob Clark | November 17, 2015

What is God Like?

What is God like? God is revealed in many ways in scripture, but the final word on what God is like is seen in Jesus. What is God like? God is like Jesus. Jesus is the “radiance of God’s glory.” So, if you are wondering what God is like and find yourself confused by different pictures of God in scripture, let Jesus settle your understanding. Jesus is the final word. Check out Hebrews 1:1-3.

Posted by: Bob Clark | November 12, 2015

Soul Touch

Music touches my soul in deep places. Sometimes those deep places are wounds soothed by music. Other times those deep places are precious memories awakened by music. Here’s a line that never fails to touch me deeply, and move me toward God and people: “Drop Thy still dews of quietness, till all our strivings cease…let our ordered lives confess the beauty of Thy peace.”

Posted by: Bob Clark | November 10, 2015

Remembering Our Identity

Peter addresses the first readers of his letter known as 1 Peter as “exiles scattered throughout the provinces….” (1:1). Paul reminded the church in Philippi that their “citizenship is in heaven” (3:20). This language used by the apostles indicates the church’s primary allegiance is to the kingdom of God rather than an earthly government. We need to grow more comfortable with this concept.

Posted by: Bob Clark | November 5, 2015

Instant Judgments

We’re prone to instant judgments. Problem is, sometimes we need a day or two to let something sink in so that our understanding can be clearer. When understanding develops a day or two after we have fired off an instant reaction, rather than simply admit we spoke too soon, we are prone to dig in to a defensive position. Let’s be quick to listen, slow to speak, slow to anger.

Posted by: Bob Clark | November 3, 2015

An Opportunity for Gentleness

Daily headlines tell us of violence in our community. The root of that violence is also seen through the harsh words that are spewed in our offices, homes, schools, and social media feeds. The violence in our society, whether with guns or words, gives Jesus-followers an opportunity to shine God’s light into the world by being gentle in word and action. Let’s not miss the opportunity.

Posted by: Bob Clark | October 29, 2015

Death to the Ego

Jesus-followers want to be forgivers. Some think of forgiveness as a feeling, but it’s more action than feeling. To forgive someone is to refuse to treat them badly because of how they have wronged you. To forgive means to desire and work toward the best for others despite how they have treated you. To forgive someone requires a sort of death to your ego. Ready to forgive?

Posted by: Bob Clark | October 27, 2015

Let Them Fly!

Have you ever had someone say an encouraging word to you at just the right moment? Chances are, that person had no idea how timely their word of encouragement was going to be. They just spoke it when they had opportunity and you were blessed. So don’t wait around for the perfect time to speak words of encouragement. Whenever you have a chance, just let them fly!

Posted by: Bob Clark | October 15, 2015

Continuous Partial Attention

Linda Stone uses the term, “continuous partial attention” to describe people who are always distracted, never fully present where they are, and never fully engaged with whom they are present. If I’m serious about loving people, I must be fully present with them. One way I can show interest, respect, and love for someone is to be present and really listen to them, it’s the Jesus-way.

Posted by: Bob Clark | October 8, 2015

Light, Bread, and Water

My brother Josh Patrick writes, “Jesus compares himself to light, bread and water. He illumines the path. He satisfies the appetite. He quenches the thirst.” It’s difficult to overemphasize or exaggerate the importance of keeping my eyes on Jesus. When I turn away from Jesus, I find myself looking for satisfaction and guidance in the wrong places. I want to stay focused on Jesus.

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