Posted by: Bob Clark | March 16, 2017

3 Lies

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 | March 14, 2017

Before Posting

I spent some time reading James and the following passage has me considering the tone of my social media posts. Before I post, I am evaluating what I am about to post in light of these words: “With the tongue we praise our Lord and Father, and with it we curse human beings, who have been made in God’s likeness. Out of the same mouth come praise and cursing. My brothers and sisters, this should not be” (James 3:9-10).

Posted by: Bob Clark | March 9, 2017

Beautiful

Donald Miller writes, “I’m convinced most people have no idea how beautiful their stories are.” I have a front row seat at my church from which to watch God transform lives. God has written some beautiful stories in the lives of people here. God has rewritten some life stories, taking a sad song and making it better. God continues writing some beautiful stories. Slow down long enough to realize how beautiful your life story really is.

Posted by: Bob Clark | March 7, 2017

Stirring

When people gather in groups, they often stir up emotions. Unfortunately, they often stir up fear and hatred. But church is different, right? Church gatherings are a great place to stir up peace and love, faith and hope, security and serenity, courage and resolve. In fact, the writer of Hebrews writes of the need to think about how to spur one another to “love and good deeds.” Are you thinking about it? How are you going to encourage today?

Posted by: Bob Clark | March 1, 2017

Comparison Fatigue

Ever suffered from comparison fatigue? Comparison fatigue sets in when you are constantly comparing yourself to others. We see the possessions other people have. We see the experiences other people have. We see the character other people possess. We see all that, look at ourselves, and conclude we don’t measure up. Contentment breaks out when we stop looking at life as competition and everybody else as competitors.

Posted by: Bob Clark | February 28, 2017

Good Intentions

There are evil people who mean to hurt others, but I’m convinced that most all people, most all of the time, mean well. Most all people, most all of the time mean no harm to others, including me. No matter how hurtful they may be, I believe they mean well. No matter how wrong they may be, I assume their good intentions. Compassion and grace call me to stop demonizing and give people the benefit of the doubt, that they mean well.

Posted by: Bob Clark | July 14, 2016

Shaping Up

I have been exercising this week, specifically, I have been doing a Thankfulness Exercise. Each day I have carefully written down three things for which I am thankful. A funny thing happened today. After four days of this exercising, I found myself being thankful throughout the day as I saw something, heard something, or interacted with someone. I think this exercise is getting me in shape.

Posted by: Bob Clark | July 12, 2016

A Tiny Burst

Have you read or seen Andy Weir’s “The Martian?” I haven’t seen it yet, but I did see one line from the book that I thought could have been written about spiritual formation. “You’d be amazed at how fast you can get going with a tiny acceleration over a long time.” So often what I need the most is not a huge change, but a tiny burst that over time can make a big difference.

Posted by: Bob Clark | July 7, 2016

The Holy Rhythm of Worship

A. W. Tozer writes, “I want to live so fully in the Spirit that every act of my life may be an act of worship.” The holy rhythm of worship is experienced in the gathering and the scattering. On Sunday we gather to worship the glory of God. On Monday we scatter to reflect the glory of God. Sunday’s Table and Word are translated into Monday’s lifestyle at school and work. Worship to live. Live to worship.

Posted by: Bob Clark | July 5, 2016

Revealing Our Imperfections

A. W. Tozer makes a great point: “To treat an imperfect brother or sister impatiently is to advertise our own imperfections.” When I am impatient with someone because of their flaws, I reveal my own. On the other hand, I have noticed that when people are impatient with me, it often says more about their flaws than mine. Truth is, there’s enough sin to go around. Love wins!

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