A Glimpse of Glory

Since, then, you have been raised with Christ, set your hearts on things above, where Christ is seated at the right hand of God. – Colossians 3:1

A Glimpse of Glory

Praise is the outward expression of your deep joy! We praise God in worship on Sunday morning. We praise our team when they do well at sporting events. We praise our kids when they achieve a goal or do something special.

Isn’t cheering someone’s success and accomplishments an invigorating experience? You’ll find the same energy within your spiritual life when you consider the mighty acts of God in history, as well as His acts in your own life. It will allow you to celebrate the joy and wonder of your relationship with Jesus Christ.

Praise not only is an expression of your joy in the Lord, but it also gives you a taste of what heaven will be like. If you read the last book of the Bible, Revelation, you’ll see what I mean. There’s a lot of praise and worship going on. I think God wants us to learn that a praiseful attitude in this life, is preparation for the next.

Few things will strengthen your faith more than when you cultivate a rich understanding of God through worship. Praise Him by remembering His faithfulness to you throughout your years and by looking forward to His promises. When you worship Him, your faith will be strengthened, your heart encouraged, and your vision of who God is and how He works will grow.

– Steve Arterburn

“Praise now is one of the great duties of the redeemed. It will be their employment forever.” – Albert Barnes 

Joy in God’s Presence

Are not two sparrows sold for a penny? Yet not one of them will fall to the ground apart from the will of your Father. And even the very hairs on your head are all numbered. So don’t be afraid: you are worth more than many sparrows. – Matthew 10:29-31

Joy in God's Presence

Do you spend time in God’s presence praying, singing praises to Him, and bowing before Him? These are things that each of us benefit from.

Do you feel too macho or too proud to bow or sing to God? If that’s the case then look with me at a real man in the Old Testament. The psalms of King David are songs that still give us direction and hope. David was a man who knew his own sinfulness yet was able to sing, “What joy for those you choose to bring near, those who live in your holy courts. What joys await us inside your holy Temple.” (Psalm 65:4)

God wants you to know you are welcome and valued before Him. The joy you find in His presence each day will help you stay tuned in to His desire for you. Worship and prayer will remind you of how great and holy God is. You’ll gain a new appreciation for how gracious God is to forgive you and allow you into His presence.

When was the last time you prayed and sang to Jesus? If it’s been a while, try it. You’ll experience something very special. You’ll continue the process of being transformed into the image of Jesus Christ.

– Steve Arterburn

“Joy is the holy fire that keeps our purpose warm and our intelligence aglow.” – Helen Keller

Where to Start Spiritual Renewal

But if we walk in the light, as He is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus, His Son, purifies us from all sin. – 1 John 1:7  

Where to Start Spiritual Renewal

You’re a person who wants to walk with God but you’re having a tough time. So, what do you do? Where can one start in the search for spiritual renewal?

Start with the realization that spiritual renewal comes from God. Don’t seek the experience of spiritual renewal, but seek the one who renews your spirit.

When people came to Jesus to have their needs met, very often He redirected their thinking. He taught them to lift their eyes from their own daily necessities and seek God first. He told them, “He will give you all you need from day to day if you live for him and make the Kingdom of God your primary concern.” (Matthew 6:33). In the same way, the psalmist in Psalm 111, encourages his listen­ers to look to God first, who will then meet their needs. He writes, “Who can forget the wonders He performs? How gracious and merciful is our Lord! He gives food to those who trust Him; He always remembers His covenant.” (Psalm 111:4-5)

So it is with your spiritual hunger. Spiritual renewal doesn’t come from seeking spiritual renewal. That only results in a temporary emotional high lacking the true substance that God can provide. Instead, seek God and surrender your will to His. Let it be your first thought each morning when you start your day.

– Steve Arterburn

“He is no fool who gives what he cannot keep to gain what he cannot lose.” – Jim Elliot 


Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.- Ephesians 4:32
There’s a story about a grandmother, celebrating her golden wedding anniversary, who told the secret of her long and happy marriage. She said, “On my wedding day, I decided to make a list of ten of my husband’s faults which, for the sake of marriage, I would overlook.

A guest asked the woman what some of the faults she’d chosen to overlook were. The grandmother replied, “To tell you the truth, my dear, I never did get around to writing the list down. But whenever my husband did something that made me hopping mad, I’d say to myself, luckily for him that’s one of the ten!

At some point, you’ll need to forgive virtually every person you know. Forgiveness is absolutely essential for the health and growth of any relationship. Jesus paid a price for our forgiveness, and He was clear in His teaching that we are to forgive others; that’s the price we pay to receive His forgiveness.

– Steve Arterburn

“We achieve inner health only through forgiveness, the forgiveness not only of others but also of ourselves.” – Joshua Loth Liebman

“To be a Christian means to forgive the inexcusable because God has forgiven the inexcusable in you.” – C.S. Lewis 

“Forgiveness is not an occasional act, it is a constant attitude.” – Martin Luther King Jr.

Understanding Depression

Why am I so depressed? Why this turmoil within me? Put your hope in God, for I will still praise Him, my Savior and my God. – Psalm 42:11

Understanding Depression

The sadness that accompanies any significant loss is an inevitable fact of life. In time, sadness runs its course and gradually abates. Depression, on the other hand, is a physical and emotional condition that is, in almost all cases, treatable with medication and counseling. Depression is not a disease to be taken lightly. Left untreated, it presents real dangers to patients’ physical health and to their emotional well-being.

If you find yourself feeling “blue,” perhaps it’s a logical reaction to the ups and downs of daily life. But if your feelings of sadness have gone on longer than you think they should—or if someone close to you fears that your sadness may have evolved into clinical depression—it’s time to seek professional help.

Some days are light and happy, and some days are not. When we face the inevitable dark days of life, we must choose how we will respond. Will we allow ourselves to sink even more deeply into our own sadness, or will we do the difficult work of pulling ourselves out? We bring light to the dark days of life by turning first to God, and then to trusted family members, friends, and medical professionals. When we do, the clouds will eventually part, and the sun will shine once more upon our souls.

– Steve Arterburn

“Emotions we have not poured out in the safe hands of God can turn into feelings of hopelessness and depression. God is safe.” – Beth Moore

“Self-blame over the past leads to depression in the present and poor decisions for the future.”  – Barbara Johnson

“Feelings of uselessness and hopelessness are not from God, but from the evil one, the devil, who wants to discourage you and thwart your effectiveness for the Lord.”  – Bill Bright

“Don’t let aridity distress you: perfection has nothing to do with such things—only with virtues. Your devotion will come back when you are least expecting it.”   – St. Teresa Of Avila

Dear Lord, You have promised to lift me up from the pit of my despair, and You have promised to place a new song on my lips.  If the darkness envelops me, Father, remind me of those promises. And give me the wisdom to accept help from the people You have placed along my path. Amen

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We already knew this, but now a scientific study proves what the Bible has told us all along. Faith, belief in God and service to others can combine to have a nuerological effect that literally re-wires teen brains to help them in recovery and life. Step one? Get them to church! Click here to watch the video.


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Let’s Never Forget!

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I  trust in you; do not let me be put to shame,
nor let my enemies triumph over me.
No one who hopes in you will ever be put to shame,
but shame will come on those who are treacherous without cause.
Psalm 25:2-3

Overcoming Criticism

Let us not give up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but let us encourage one another, and all the more as you see the Day approaching. Hebrews 10:25

Overcoming Criticism

Who amongst us enjoys criticism? I know I don’t! In fact, even when criticism is constructive, it’s usually about as welcomed as an IRS audit.

But there’s something even worse than criticism: and that’s critical people. We all know someone like this. You know who I’m talking about, that person who meets every plan with some version of ‘That’s impossible!‘ It’s that person who challenges your enthusiasm or conviction to tackle a big project with a smirk or a head-wag.

But remember: nearly every advance, discovery, or act of courage is precipitated by criticism. There’s really only one sure way to avoid it: by doing nothing. And what kind of choice is that, especially for people of faith. If you expect to be praised you must be willing to be criticized.

– Steve Arterburn

“There are high spots in all our lives, and most of them have come about through encouragement from someone else. I don’t care how great, how famous or successful a man or woman may be, he hungers for applause.” – George Matthew Adams (1882-1962)


No-Win Situations

To them God has chosen to make known among the Gentiles the glorious riches of the mystery, which is Christ in you, the hope of glory. Colossians 1:27

No-Win Situations

Sometimes we feel powerless for one reason or another. You may be in a situation where other people have power over you. You may feel that you’re trapped by the demands of others and that there’s no way to please them all. It’s a double bind: to please one is to disappoint another. Sometimes when we feel stuck and frustrated with our relationships, we look for a measure of
control by escaping through our addictive behaviors.

When you’re caught in no-win situations, don’t run away through your addictive or compulsive escape hatches. At times like these God is there, and he’ll listen to your woes. He hears your cries and is willing to give you hope for the future.

Admit to God that you’re powerless; surrender to Him and allow His Holy Spirit to invade your life, it’s the power you need to move forward.

– Steve Arterburn

“If you board the wrong train, it is no use running along the corridor in the other direction.” – Dietrich Bonhoeffer (1906-1945)

Being Before Doing

Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations.  I will be exalted in the earth. – Psalm 46:10

Being Before Doing

Filling our lives with activity and busyness puts us in dangerous territory.  Aside from making us emotionally frazzled and physically exhausted, it’s also threatening to make us both intellectually and spiritually deficient.

I’m not suggesting you live a passive life.  Nor am I suggesting there’s a dichotomy between being and doing.  But I am suggesting there’s a priority.  Why?

– Doing creates and perpetuates the myth that we’re in control; being acknowledges that God’s in control.
– Doing commits us to safety; being acknowledges that the Christian life is one of faith—and that means one of risk.
– Doing engenders spiritual pride; being produces humility.
– Doing is about correcting behavioral patterns; being is about spiritual renewal through knowing God.
– Doing is about reactionary response; being is about thoughtfully, prayerfully, and intentionally bringing what the Bible teaches to bear upon every aspect of life.

What are you “being” as you live your life doing?

– Steve Arterburn

Life is what happens to you while you’re busy making other plans.” – John Lennon (1940-1980)