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!

Posted by: Bob Clark | June 30, 2016

Containing the Rush

Years ago I first heard Dallas Willard’s call to eliminate rushing. Since I first heard that challenge, I have sought to slow down and stop rushing. After several years of effort, I still can easily slip into a pattern of hurrying through the day to the point where I leave no spaces to hear from God. I have made some progress, but I still have a long way to go. Join me in making an effort to eliminate rushing.

Posted by: Bob Clark | June 28, 2016

Starring Jesus

There’s this church that meets in an old, run-down movie theater in St. Louis. When I drove by the other day their partially broken marquee had a message that caught my eye. “Starring Jesus.” I don’t know anything about that church other that what I learned driving by their meeting place. But I know one thing, they are exactly right about who should be the star of worship gathering: Jesus.

Posted by: Bob Clark | June 23, 2016

Desperate for Acceptance

An actor admitted the story about his September 11 escape from the World Trade Center was untrue. For 14 years he has been repeating this lie. Doesn’t it make you wonder why people pull stunts like this? While I don’t positively know his motives, I do know that many people are desperate for acceptance. The church can make a difference when we accept others as Christ has accepted us.

Posted by: Bob Clark | June 21, 2016

Connect and Enjoy

Donald Miller writes, “What if the whole idea you were in competition with everybody around you was a lie? What if you were just supposed to connect and enjoy?” We live in a hyper-competitive world. We want to compete and win in sports, academics, the corporate world, politics, and I’m afraid, even in church. What would happen in church if we were to just relax and connect?

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.

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