The tongue is a slippery tool of the heart. The humble heart uses the tongue for blessing. The proud heart uses the tongue for cursing. It’s the same tongue, yet controlled by the heart. James does a brilliant job of addressing the tongue in James 3:1-12.
As I was reading through Scripture a couple months ago, my eyes jumped out looking at Job 42. Continue reading
By the time a Christian grows spiritually to be a spiritual parent, he (or she) sees prayer as his life. Prayer is not something he has to schedule. He is constantly talking to God in his quiet time, getting ready for the day, or driving to work. He is praying for work projects and people in his periphery, kids at home in their spiritual growth and school projects and discipleship relationships of other men (or women), who are hungry and hunting in God’s adventure for spiritual victories. Continue reading
When I was sixteen, I had a job and was driving my parent’s car. I was pretty important stuff, I thought. I felt pretty confident and decided I had grown up enough, so I asked my mother, “Is it okay if I start calling you Phyllis?” I’ll never forget her response. She said, “Bryan, you will always call me mom or mother, nothing else.” It was pretty clear I had crossed the line. I got the picture. She was still my authority. I still call her mom, although out of respect and honor, not as my authority.
Sometimes spiritual young adults get full of themselves and begin to think they have spirituality by the tail. Continue reading