Posted by: Bob Clark | December 29, 2015

An Atmosphere of Grace

“No one is comfortable. You have to prove your worth every day.” That is how one NFL player described his team. I don’t know if that is good strategy or not. I’ll leave it to the coach to decide how to run his team. But I do know this for sure, this should not be the climate in our homes or in our church. Let’s build an atmosphere of love and grace that eliminates fear and competition.

Posted by: Bob Clark | December 17, 2015

God’s Beloved

In his writings, Henri Nouwen warns against these three lies we believe: I am what I do. I am what I have. I am what others think and say. Nouwen says the way to overcome these three lies is to remember this truth: I am God’s beloved. It is my hope and prayer that at Christmas we will be reminded yet again that we are God’s beloved. The message of that baby, the Word become flesh, is unmistakable. God loves me. God loves the world.

Posted by: Bob Clark | December 15, 2015

Deeply Loved

God is love. God loved us so much that God gave us Jesus. God loved us while we were sinners. Let that sink in for a minute. Love. Deep love. Sacrificial love. Unconditional love. Remember these truths the next time you begin to believe the lies of the adversary, the accuser. Whatever your situation or circumstances, remember this core truth: you are loved deeply by God.

Posted by: Bob Clark | December 10, 2015

Arguing with a Corpse

A Kentucky man was arrested for trying to dig up his father’s corpse. Why did he want to dig up his father who died 30 years ago? So he could argue with him. Yes, alcohol may have been a factor. No, I do not know all the details of this story. The brevity of life is sobering and should motivate us to say what we need to say. Today is the day! Express. Apologize. Clarify. Love. Forgive.

Posted by: Bob Clark | December 8, 2015

For Painful Days

Our God is referred to in scripture as “the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort” (2 Corinthians 1:3). So not only does God feel our pain when we are hurting, but also God reaches out to us and provides what we need to deal with the pain. I want to encourage you to reach out to God when you are hurting. God understands. God cares. God comforts. Thanks be to God!

Posted by: Bob Clark | December 2, 2015

Seeing God

Jesus showed how God intended humans to live. Jesus was “God in the flesh.” We look at Jesus and see God. We learn how God talks to people. We learn how God relates to people. We learn how God responds to sinners. We learn how God responds to people who use religion to take advantage of people. Jesus shows us how God intends for us to live. Let’s join Jesus in kingdom living.

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.

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