Posted by: Bob Clark | October 6, 2015

Avoiding Difficulty

Eugene Peterson writes, “Our faith develops out of the most difficult aspects of our existence, not the easiest.”  Numerous verses and stories from Scripture back him up, and yet we work strenuously to avoid difficulty. We even pray that we would not have to face hardships. Sometimes I wonder if I really value my spiritual formation as much as my comfort. Is that true of you, too?

Posted by: Bob Clark | October 1, 2015

A Front Row Seat

Love one another. We read it repeatedly in Scripture. Last week I had a front row seat to watch several people in our church family love one another. They loved generously. They loved unselfishly. They loved sincerely. They loved stubbornly. They loved hopefully. They loved sacrificially. I’m so thankful for a church family that shows me what love is all about. Love one another.

Posted by: Bob Clark | September 29, 2015

Being Intentional with our Thoughts

My friend Jon Anderson says, “When you dwell on what you don’t like about your mate, you like them less. When you relish what you do like about your mate, you like them more.” When going through a difficult patch in marriage, don’t stay fixated on things you don’t like. Remember those things you like. Remember the good times you have shared. Remember how much God loves you!

Posted by: Bob Clark | September 17, 2015


Alan Fadling asks an important question all of us need to answer: “Is who I appear to be on the outside in harmony with who I am on the inside?” Integrity — where our outward appearances and inner being are in harmony — is something we can and should be praying about. Let’s slow down long enough to pray like the Psalmist, asking God to search our hearts and examine our ways.

Posted by: Bob Clark | September 15, 2015


Sadly, the ABC’s of many churches are attendance, buildings, and cash. While some think it encouraging to experience a big crowd, enjoy an attractive campus, and wield an impressive wad of cash, that should not be the focus of the church. Instead, the church should live for praising God and encouraging people to grow into the likeness of Jesus. Back to basics: love God, love people.

Posted by: Bob Clark | September 10, 2015

Church as a Relational Lab

Dan White Jr. writes, “Churches have built compounds for cognitive learning rather than relational labs for conversing, listening and practicing.” Blessed is the church that realizes there is more to spiritual formation than cognitive learning. There is a relational lab to be built by sharing small talk and deep conversations, partnering for prayer, listening deeply, and serving shoulder to shoulder.

Posted by: Bob Clark | September 9, 2015

Confession Grows Our Souls

David Letterman asked a rock star if he regretted the large tattoo of his supermodel wife’s name across his chest since they had since divorced. The rocker answered, “No, you have to own the time.” Wise words. Rather than looking back at mistakes with regret-fueled cover-up plans, we should “own the time” to maximize our growth. Confession grows our souls.

Posted by: Bob Clark | September 3, 2015

Creating Space

Henri Nouwen wrote, “Therefore, healing means, first of all, the creation of an empty but friendly space where those who suffer can tell their story to someone who can listen with real attention.”  What a blessing when gatherings encourage conversation and give God space to move and work. After all, it’s when we give God space that healing can begin.

Posted by: Bob Clark | September 1, 2015

Toward Better Relationships

In the unlikely event the plane loses pressure and masks drop, parents are told to put on their own mask before putting one on their child. Is that selfish? No, the parent must have oxygen to be able to help the child. Similarly, if you want a better relationship (with spouse, friend, co-worker, or church), work on being a better person yourself before trying to change him, her, or them.

Posted by: Bob Clark | August 26, 2015

Eyes on Jesus!

Follow Jesus. Take up your cross. Lose your life. These words are often heard in our gatherings. We learn the importance of following Jesus, laying aside our agendas, and dying to self as we worship. But these words must not be left at the church building when we scatter. Remember, we have the best opportunities to live as disciples in our everyday routines. Eyes on Jesus!

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