August 10, 2015

God Meets Us Where We Are

By Titus O'Bryant

Blog-Meme-8-10-2015_Cultivating-PresenceRead 1 Kings 2:10-12; 3:3-14

God comes to meet us. God comes to us in our limitations and weaknesses, in our failures and misunderstandings. Solomon discovers this aspect of God’s character early in his reign. The royal historian who authored the books of the Kings of Israel notes how Solomon demonstrates his love for the Lord by following David’s example—except for his practice of offering sacrifices at pagan places of worship. … read

June 18, 2015

Are You Dad Enough?

By Upper Room Books
Tyler Blanski with his family

Tyler Blanski with his family

Are you dad enough? The answer depends on where you’re looking. Compared to Hank Hill or Peter Griffin or Homer Simpson, you might as well be Father of the Year. Compared to Abraham or St. Joseph, you might need a little tweaking. But in the end, the question every father must face is not whether he’s dad enough, but whether God is God enough. … read

May 6, 2015

On Dreaming (and Waking Up Worried)

By Upper Room Books

Blog-Meme-5-6-2015_DreamingThis morning I woke up wondering how to make amends for having offended someone. We were at a conference, and I’d tried to sit next to him during the lunch break.

“You can’t sit here,” he said. “I don’t want to be around you because I saw you do something I didn’t like.” … read

April 29, 2015

On Trees and the Spiritual Life

By Upper Room Books
White dogwood in Canton, NC

White dogwood in Canton, NC

The truly happy person
doesn’t follow wicked advice,
doesn’t stand on the road of sinners,
and doesn’t sit with the disrespectful.
Instead of doing those things,
these persons love the LORD’s Instruction,
and they recite God’s Instruction day and night!
They are like a tree replanted by streams of water,
which bears fruit at just the right time
and whose leaves don’t fade.
—Psalm 1:1-3 (CEB)

For as long as I can remember, I’ve had an affinity for trees. As a child I loved to climb the mimosa tree in our front yard, and I spent many a summer day sitting in that tree, inhaling the fragrance of the mimosa blossoms, and daydreaming. … read

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