Recently, I was given a new figure for my desk. Yes, I'm a pastor, but I'm also a geek. My desk reflects that. I've got a little Star Wars on my desk, so yes, there are pieces of inspirational Christian art, but they sit alongside a Stormtrooper helmet as well. I see nothing wrong with … Continue reading SIN: The Original Space Invader
Approaching a rusting panel, I push the button in front of me after providing an access code, beginning a process involving mechanisms far larger than me. As the weight of turning metal clanks in front of me, I see bright light fill my view, peaking out from the openings of spaces long ago sealed. It’s … Continue reading FALLOUT: Is There Righteousness In The Wasteland?
Everyone knows who Superman is. The name, the symbol, the cape – they are all iconic and remind us of the character and what he represents: Truth, Justice, and the American Way; he stands for ideals that are universal in virtue. Regardless of what nation to one belongs, Superman has a worldwide appeal. While many … Continue reading Superman – Spiritual Lessons from the Last Son of Krypton
Galatians 5:22-23 (NKJV) But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control. Against such there is no law. Joy is something that most people think they know and have a grasp on, but they have no idea. When I say joy to many people, they think I'm talking … Continue reading SPIRIT SLICES: Joy
Jeremiah 29:11-13 (NKJV) 11 For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the Lord, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope.12 Then you will call upon Me and go and pray to Me, and I will listen to you. 13 And you will seek Me and find … Continue reading Never Underestimate God
I write on a Saturday, following a tornado earlier this week on Monday. The speed of the recovery efforts in this town has blown my mind! In less than a week's time, the streets are clean, debris is largely gone, and signs have even been fully replaced in some locations. I've, personally, never seen a … Continue reading AFTERMATH: The Rebuild
Galatians 5:22-23 (NKJV) But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control. Against such there is no law. I've been going over these two verses at length with the children in our church the last several weeks, and I know I will continue the next few weeks as … Continue reading SPIRIT SLICES: Love
Yesterday, I experienced my first tornado firsthand. I've seen the aftermath of several on television and heard many stories from those I know about what it's like, but while readying a movie review for this site, colbybryant.com, I began receiving messages to be cautious; I hate to say I wasn't concerned, but I've been through … Continue reading AFTERMATH: What’s Truly Important?
Patience is a virtue...we've heard it said. I've also heard, "Never pray to God for patience." The reason being: God will give it, not as an immediate gift, but as a product of testing. Even without "praying for it", I've felt like I was on the receiving end of those circumstances many times myself. It's … Continue reading Fruit Made Sweeter
Psalm 46:10 (NKJV) 10 Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth! When was the last time you just stopped? Stopped moving, driving, running, posting, calling, messaging, playing, watching, listening, and just stopped. This verse has always held a power to me, … Continue reading BE STILL