Three Reasons to Be Grateful That Psalm 88 is in Your Bible
by Brent Osterberg on August 10th, 2023
When I was a boy, I remember times when I would walk into the room to find my mom watching another sad movie. These movies usually included the death of a main character as a major plot point with a lot of strong emotions on display as the characters sought to respond to their tragic circumstances. I’m sure you can imagine that, as a kid, I didn’t stay in the room very long when I saw what was on ...
The Comfort of Context
by Brent Osterberg on June 1st, 2023
If you have engaged in the habit of Scripture memory, then most of your attention has probably been on working through one or two verses at a time from a variety of places in God’s Word. One week you may be working on Ephesians 2:8-9, and the next has you focusing on Proverbs 3:5-6. Not only are most of the Scripture memory systems set up this way, but this approach is helpful for those moments wh...
Feeling Guilty About Your Prayer Life?
by Brent Osterberg on April 28th, 2023
Years ago, when I was a younger man in ministry, I first heard Martin Luther’s famous quote on prayer: “I have so much to do today that I shall spend the first three hours in prayer.”¹ Since then, I have heard some version of this statement numerous times… and if I’m being honest, it has led to a sense of guilt at my own prayer life. Perhaps, like me, you have felt the heaviness of shame at hearin...
Face It, Because the Lord is with You
by Ben Whiting on March 23rd, 2023
“You do not have to fight this ba2le. Posi6on yourselves, stand s6ll, and see the salva6on of the Lord. He is with you, Judah and Jerusalem. Do not be afraid or discouraged. Tomorrow, go out to face them, for the Lord is with you.”~ 2 Chronicles 20:17 CSBKing Jehoshaphat sought the Lord. When his reign is introduced in 2 Chronicles 17, this is one of the first things we are told—he did not seek...
Looking at Work through the Lens of Romans 11:36
by Ben Whiting on March 10th, 2023
“For from him and through him and to him are all things.”~ Romans 11:36This small verse and its three tiny phrases have powerful implications for all of life, including our work. Each phrase is a lens, a perspective we can use to better understand “all things.” When we look at our work through each of these lenses, we will be encouraged, empowered, and oriented in all our efforts.From himGod’s sov...
God Delights in Our Work
by Ben Whiting on January 20th, 2023
Psalm 100:2 encourages us to “serve the Lord with gladness” and Ecclesiastes 3:22 says to rejoice in our work. How do we get there? And how does our joy at work connect to God’s joy?God hates dishonest scales (Proverbs 11:1), which would have been used in the market to cheat customers out of the full measure of grain or seed they deserved. On the flip side, God delights in weights that are accurat...
What Story Do You Tell Yourself About Work?
by Ben Whiting on November 21st, 2022
What story do you tell yourself about work? What story are the people around you telling about work? Does your work matter? If so, why?For some, work is just a necessary evil to be endured. Retirement is their dream, when they can do whatever they want and just enjoy life. But only the very fortunate are actually happy and fulfilled by their work.For others, work is a a core part of who they are. ...
That Sermon Was Really Convicting...Now What?
by Brent Osterberg on October 11th, 2022
Does this sound familiar? You hear a sermon that exposes some moral failure in your life. It hurts and you feel a strong sense of shame that you sinned and let it get this far. At that moment you resolve that things have to change; it can’t go on like this. You quickly shift into action mode and begin making a list of what you need to do to correct this problem.For many people, this translates to ...
How the Gospel Frees Us from FOMO
by Brent Osterberg on September 26th, 2022
It’s a good sign that something has become culturally significant when we make it into an acronym. Such is the case with FOMO, or the Fear of Missing Out. It is a common burden in our day to feel anxiety at the thought that friends, family, or acquaintances are getting together without us or that there is some desirable event that we won’t be there to experience. Certainly, social media has only h...
The Obedience of Idolatry
by Ben Whiting on September 13th, 2022
If the villain in a book or movie wants to manipulate the hero, what do they do? Threaten someone the hero loves. To manipulate Spider-man, they threaten MJ. To manipulate Batman, they threaten Robin.This works because the things dearest to our hearts control us. Jesus illustrates this in the parable of the pearl of great price (Matthew 13:45-46). Because the merchant treasured the pearl so much, ...
Idol Promises or God's Promises?
by Ben Whiting on August 30th, 2022
Gods make promises. The true God makes promises, and false gods make promises too.The question is, where will we put our trust?We see a vivid example of misplaced trust In 2 Chronicles 16. King Asa of Judah faced a military threat in a neighboring kingdom building a fortress on his border. He responded by sending silver and gold to the king of Syria in exchange for help with his enemies. And it fu...
The Antidote to Idolatry
by Ben Whiting on August 24th, 2022
What do you want? Where are you looking for satisfaction? What do you need to be happy?All of these are different ways of asking "What is life?" And our hearts are revealed by how we answer.The flip side is also revealing: "What is death?" What makes you anxious? What are you afraid of? What's the worst thing that could happen? What tempts you to despair? Your answers to these questions will also ...
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