See People as People
on February 12th, 2024
This week's Kingdom Story comes courtesy of Dr. Paul Tripp. Tripp has a deep and extensive ministry and an exquisite understanding of Christ's Kingdom. This content was originally posted by Paul Tripp on www.paultripp.com , where you can learn more about him and his ministry. This specific item may be found at https://www.paultripp.com/wednesdays-word/posts/see-people-as-people . We offer it as a ...
on February 4th, 2024
Reading Time: 4 minutesAt the turn of the 20th century The London Times posed a question to its readers: “What’s wrong with this world?” Perhaps you have recently asked the same question. One response, penned by the English writer, poet, and philosopher G. K. Chesterton, was brilliant. He wrote, “Dear Sirs, I am.” How’s that for honesty? Unlike Chesterton, when God asked Adam what he had done, he ...
It's A Wonderful (Kingdom) Life
on December 15th, 2023
Reading Time: 2.5 minutes I just watched It's a Wonderful Life for the most recent time of a number greater than I care to admit. Suffice it to say, I'm a fan. I have always been drawn to the redemptive message of the film, with the additional appeal of wondering what life would be like if I had not been born. This time, however, the Kingdom jumped out and grabbed me.If you are unfamiliar with the...
God Knows Where You Are
on December 14th, 2023
Reading Time: 6 minutes. This is a Christmas sermon I preached 14 years ago. I share it often at Christmas. It is a little longer than our usual Stories, but I think you will not regret the time invested in reading it. A special recognition for Pastor Ken Gaub who provided much of the content and inspiration. The title is his and much of the description of his personal story for which I have lost...
Getting the Message
on December 4th, 2023
The grocery seems to be a place where I find the Kingdom more easily. (See The Kingdom in a Grocery Aisle) My most recent experience occurred a few days ago.
Missing the Message
on November 27th, 2023
This summer we completed an extended road trip that had us visiting many relatives and friends across a number of states. That required me to book a few hotels. The hotels all seemed to offer chat services to help with booking. One made interaction with a live human almost impossible by steering me into the artificial intelligence of the chat. After an extended exchange with the chat bot, I received this message: "I recognize your words but do not understand your message."
The Church and the Kingdom of God
on November 13th, 2023
Reading time: 4 MinutesAmidst all the turmoil and polarization in the United States and other nations, this is still a wonderful world! Yes, it is a fallen world where bad things happen to good people. Yet, Jesus said, “In the world you will have tribulation: but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.” John 16:33The Christian story is one of unprecedented love, forgiveness, passion, sacrific...
on November 6th, 2023
Reading Time: 2 MinutesHaving compassion takes courage. Having compassion takes resolve. Having compassion is not simply a feeling of sympathy for another or a passing feeling of pain, it is a willingness to enter into and, in one sense, carry a person's pain. In his exploration on what it takes to practice compassion, Henri Nouwen wrote:“Who can listen to a story of loneliness and despair withou...
The Woke Deception
on October 30th, 2023
Reading Time: 2.5 Minutes A friend recently observed, “If the church doesn’t offer our young people the Kingdom of God, they will look for it in “wokeness.” That statement landed on me like a load of bricks. So-called “Woke” Christianity is a deadly counterfeit of the Kingdom that promises a world of tolerance and equity at the expense of the God-man and Savior of the world. The Christ of the ...
A Kingdom View of Israel and Hamas
on October 20th, 2023
Reading Time: 2 minutesThis week’s unfolding nightmare in Israel and Gaza is the tragic result of missing what we were made for. The Palestinians have missed it, but so have the Israelis, the nations, and many Christians, including some of us.We humans are designed for a Kingdom, for a territory that’s safe, free, beautiful, blessed, and prosperous. God designed us to exist in a “homeland for the ...
on September 8th, 2023
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on August 9th, 2023
We sometimes are so focused on the experience of life in God's Kingdom every day that it is easy to forget that, for now, the Kingdom we experience exists with great evil all about it. And there is no middle ground. Either we live in the Kingdom or the chaos of evil.Every so often evil rears its ugliness in ways that are hard to fathom and ignore. In the Theater you will find a review of the movie...
Prayer Journals - How I Got Started
on July 3rd, 2023
Tears. Uncontrollable tears. And I had no idea why.I just sat there. In the wake of a deeply powerful sermon from Ecclesiastes, all I could do was sit, not move or hold in my emotions. I felt a deep sense of despair verging on an existential crisis that eventually resulted in a whole new way of understanding family, work, and being a husband. This little crack in the dam of my emotions was the beg...
on May 26th, 2023
Reading time 1.5 minutes.I usually suppress any inspiration to write about finding the Kingdom in nature. God speaks pretty loudly through his creation, so I have no good explanation. Today I have surrendered that hesitancy. The Holy Spirit really gave me no choice.This morning I was sitting on my back patio for my devotions. I've been pretty stagnant devotionally, focused more on doing for God th...
The Sound of God's Heart
on May 17th, 2023
Years ago Youth With A Mission in Kona was sending off an outreach team to some far-off nation of the world. The student-missionaries were surrounded by teachers and seasoned staff praying and waiting to see if perhaps the Holy Spirit had anything He wanted to say on their way to the airport. And sure enough, His word came forth from one of the older saints: “Don’t go! Don’t go unless you love...
A Death in the Kingdom
on May 6th, 2023
Yesterday morning we received a call from a Georgia friend to tell us that Will, a little boy from our Georgia church community, had died. We were heartbroken by the news, Rarely has a death outside our family cut so deeply. Will was just six years old and carried the nickname, Warrior Will. From birth he had been plagued by a constellation of physical problems that occurs only in one in a million b...
Re-Framing Our Understanding of Jesus’ Message
on March 29th, 2023
Often, when people hear about the message of Jesus, what they hear is about how he brings salvation and forgiveness from sin, and offers eternal life in heaven. Certainly salvation, forgiveness of sin, and the hope of heaven are very important, but they are only part of the overall message of Jesus.In Matthew 4:23-24, we find Jesus engaged in what would be the three major activities of his earthly...
on March 29th, 2023
I'm addicted to the Kingdom of God. I crave experiencing it. Even though I do far too infrequently. And I want you to experience life in it as much as you possibly can. That's the reason why I am involved in The Everyday Kingdom. Jesus wants us to experience life in him every moment of every day. I'm not suggesting it is easy to do. It requires us to think and act by doing something absolutely an...