Submission to God

“Humble yourselves, therefore, under God’s mighty hand that he may lift you up in due time” (1 Peter 5:6). I consider submission to God a discipline of abstinence because its about denying ourselves the power or privilege we want. We’re choosing not to make things happen for ourselves, not to control people or situations even…

Pain or Vision?

“Without a vision from God, people perish” (Proverbs 29:18, paraphrase). We say that we want to make changes. For instance, probably you’d like to de-clutter and get more organized or lose weight. Or maybe you think you need to get help with your depression, improve your marriage or a friendship, or grow spiritually. Sadly, most…

Deep-Spirited Friendships

“Love each other, be deep-spirited friends” (Philippians 2:1, MSG). Most Christians I know have been in small group Bible studies or small group support groups (both of which are valuable), but few have been in an apprentice to Jesus group. What’s the difference? Let me illustrate by telling you about a small group that Kristi…