Just the Right Skills for the Job

I’ve been reading through Exodus this fall and feeling captured by the drama of the story—the plagues, the Passover, the dramatic rescue at the Red Sea, the manna and the quail—and by the larger-than-life characters—Pharaoh of the hardened heart, Aaron, who could speak with power, Joshua, the faithful army captain, Moses, who spoke and the voice of God answered him.

And then suddenly all of this intense action culminates in…a construction project.  Exodus 25-30 lays out the instructions for building the tabernacle in such intricate detail that it feels like all the exciting drama and miraculous rescue has led us to a set of blueprints for a tent. Continue reading

Living for His Glory

“For from Him, and through Him, and to Him are all things. To Him be glory forever. Amen.” – Romans 11:26

“What is your dream?”

My uncle is known for asking big, intentional questions like this. Questions that challenge you to look into your heart. Questions you may realize you haven’t asked yourself – or if you have, it’s been awhile since you gave it much thought.

The answer to this question reveals a lot about our heart and the things we value. Is our dream, at its root based on comfort, success, or happiness? If we’re honest, is our dream really all about us? Aren’t these things that everyone desires? It sounds an awful lot like the American Dream, and what is so bad about that? Continue reading