Reflections of Grace 144: The Invitation to the Kingdom

[display_podcast]We are so fast paced in our country.  And we have incorporated this into our relationship with God.  We are a fast food nation.We want instantaneous answers, overnight transformation, speedy growth.  We want drive up and drive through service.But God desires to speak to us daily through His word.  He wants to have direct conversation with us.  When we only rely upon others to feed us on Sunday mornings, we are relying upon the processed word; what we are being fed … [Read more...]

Transform: THE Secret to YOUR Healthy Mindset (HINT: It’s something Jesus said)

(The following was originally published at www.CareyGreen.com.) There really IS a secret to having a healthy mindset… It’s not some magic formula or recipe or ritual. It’s not some guru’s three-step program. It’s a simple truth Jesus spoke that opens the doors to a healthier way of thinking, but requires that YOU open yourself up to changes that you may have been resisting all your life. What is the secret to a healthy mindset? Here it is… straight from Jesus’ lips…You will know the … [Read more...]

Ouxano 57: 1 Samuel, Chapter 2b

[display_podcast]Today, we’ll look at the second half of 1 Samuel chapter 2 and its applications to life today.  Right off the bat, we see that young Samuel has been placed under the care of Israel’s priest Eli.  Now, Eli already has a couple of sons, so why is Samuel allowed adoption into Eli’s family?We see the answer to this question in 1 Samuel 2:11-12 11 Then Elkanah returned home to Ramah without Samuel. And the boy served the Lord by assisting Eli the priest.12 Now the sons of … [Read more...]

Ouxano 56: 1 Samuel, Chapter 2

[display_podcast]One of the first things you’ll notice when you turn to the second chapter of 1 Samuel is that the first half of the chapter is laid out like a poem and the second looks like a prose or narrative.  This is intentional because the first half is, in fact, a poem; and the second half of the chapter continues the story of Samuel.The first ten verses of 1 Samuel 2 is a song of praise by Hannah, Samuel’s mother.  Now, that strikes me as odd. She has just given up her son to live … [Read more...]