My one big thing of 2017 was cultivating compassion. I had to learn what it was, and how to do it, and it involved a lot of studying. On top of God tenderizing my hard heart, this is what penetrated my thick skull and left an imprint. Jesus, Compassion, and Me To feel compassion, I … Continue reading What 2017 Taught Me About God and Compassion
At the start of last year, Pastor Rod challenged us to let God pick our resolution. So I did. It was so successful that I'm going to do it again. To recap, here are the questions. What one thing do you desire from God? What one thing is missing? What one thing do I need to let go of? What one … Continue reading 2017’s One Big Thing Was Compassion
When you think about compassion, what comes to mind? A surprising aspect is in confrontation. Helping the hurting and broken, yes, but also confronting the source and protecting others is also compassionate. Jesus did it, as did Paul, John, etc. What's compassionate confrontation like? It can be telling a hard truth to someone before they … Continue reading A Surprising Aspect of Compassion
One of the titles for Jesus is Immanuel, which means 'God with us' (Matthew 1:23). God, poor and broken Himself, walked with us, reaching into the lives of the hurting. Not only reaching but emphasizing and identifying with them (Matthew 25:31-46). Immanuel? When I see someone hurting, this phrase goes through my mind, "Immanuel, which … Continue reading What Does Immanuel-God with us Mean Personally?