The Way Into His Blessing

Ever sought someone’s blessing? Did you ask your wife’s father for her hand before proposing? Ever had one of your kids ask for your blessing? Every approached your manager at …

A Posture and a Plea

Psalm 123 offers us a posture and a plea. The poster is that of a servant. The plea is for mercy. Psalm 123 is written to remind us as God’s …

Worship: Homecoming

It’s a pretty common cliche to say, “It’s not the destination, it’s the journey that matters.” Not to an Israelite. To an ancient Israelite, the journey was important, but so …

The Lord Is Your Keeper

Psalm 121 is one of those passages we can have a hard time letting simply wash over us. We read it and think, “Yeah right…it can’t possibly be that way…have …

Praying How We Actually Feel

John Calvin called the Psalms an “anatomy of the soul”. They are songs that reflect all of the many and varied things we feel on the inside that correspond with …

Further Up & Further In

The Christian life is a pilgrimage. Eugene Peterson calls it a “long obedience in the same direction.” For the rest of the summer we’re going to be looking at a …

Engaged In a Process

What does it take to go from the life you have to having the life you’ve always wanted? You might be tempted into thinking that the answer is hard work …

Steering Into Conflict

I once heard Nancy Ortberg say that “Good leaders steer into conflict, not away from it.” Nancy’s admonition sent chills down my spine. Why? Because I am a leader, and …