Devotional Articles

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The Role of Weakness in Spiritual Formation

Who wants to feel weak? Who enjoys bumping up against one’s own inadequacies? Why would I desire to get in touch with the many times (a day) I don’t live up to my own standards, let alone God’s? Isn’t the Christian life supposed to make me feel better?

            The Apostle Paul may have resisted feeling weak, at first, too. He was a very successful Jew—even of the tribe of Benjamin, a Pharisee, a zealous persecutor of heresy. If you go by strict religious standards, his resume was impressive. But after his conversion to Christ, those things no longer mattered. In fact, he considered them rubbish.[1] But I wonder how long it took him to gain this perspective.

Preparing our Hearts for Holy Week: Meditation on the Messiah’s First and Second Coming

Many times, Easter sneaks up on me. It's not like Christmas, where there are so many marketing ploys to get us to recognize how many days are left until the big day. No, Easter is a little more subtle, which can be good, but it can also be bad. My heart is often unprepared to enter into this high point in the Christian calendar, commemorating what Jesus has done for us. May this post start the preparation of your own heart to worship our Lord this coming Easter season.