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Pray for Parkland

In light of the recent events, I was reminded of this article I was asked to write years back in the aftermath of the Aurora shooting. I believe it still rings so true as we now stand in a similar place and grieve with Parkland.  My Take: This is where God was in Aurora Twelve crosses comprise a makeshift memorial across the street from the movie theater where last week’s mass shooting happened. Editor’s note: Rob Brendle is the founding pastor of Denver United Church, a former associate pastor at New Life Church in Colorado Springs, and the author of "In the Meantime: The Practice of Proactive Waiting." By Rob Brendle, Special to CNN I held her hand as she died. Her family had come to a church where I was pastoring that morning, a routine Sunday. A thousand things would never have crossed their minds as they drove through Colorado Springs toward New Life Church’s enormous concrete worship [...]

By |2018-11-01T16:55:18-06:00February 20th, 2018|Current Events, Devotionals|

Ministering to God

My first experience with fasting was in my teen years at a youth conference called Desperation. A fast was encouraged from one of the speakers and my youth pastor decided our group would do it. I had never even heard of “fasting.” I wondered if that was another word for running or doing something speedily? When it was explained to me, my heart sank. Why would anyone willingly give up delicious food? As a group of teenagers trying this for the first time, we weren’t the most mature fasters. During one break in the conference, many of us started talking about our favorite foods and describing them in great detail. As you can imagine, that didn’t help. I learned then that focusing on what I couldn’t eat was not helpful, rather, I was in need of a focus shift to something else.  AN EPIC MOMENT This week I came across this verse: “As they [...]

By |2018-01-26T10:55:10-06:00January 26th, 2018|Awakening, Devotionals|

The Journey of the Heart

If you’re like me, I’m sure you have heard a number of messages and sermons on the heart. We’ve heard books telling us about surrendering our heart, loving God with all our heart, investing our heart, engaging our heart. The Bible often refers to the heart as the source of all that we are. It is the epicenter of our emotions, will, identity, etc. Prov. 27:19 says, “As a face is reflected in water, so the heart reflects the real person.” So the heart is important, got it! But the key Scripture on the importance of the heart is Jer 29:13, “And you will seek Me and find Me, when you search for Me with all your heart.” But the question is how? How do we seek God with all of our “heart”? I believe we can begin to answer this question by laying a foundation of truth as we take a look at [...]

By |2018-11-01T16:55:18-06:00January 25th, 2018|Awakening, Devotionals|

Hungry Jesus

Matthew 4:2 “And after fasting forty days and forty nights, he was hungry.” Sometimes the Bible has a way of weaving together story and sentence that leads you to an unexpected and altogether holy revelation. Here is such a time: Jesus… he didn’t eat… for forty days and forty nights… and… He. Was. Hungry. HUNGRY JESUS To be honest, it makes me quite glad to engage with hungry Jesus because I can easily wrap my heart and mind around the experience of hunger. What is slightly more challenging is the truth that Jesus both surrendered to and chose this hunger. The text says, “He was led by the Spirit to the desert…” (Desert, not dessert. Remember, two “S’” for the sweet stuff.) But why is this challenging? Well, because when do I voluntarily surrender to the Spirit’s lead and choose the discomfort of hunger through fasting? Rarely. And sadly so. Here’s why: Whatever we see [...]

By |2018-11-01T16:55:19-06:00January 24th, 2018|Awakening, Devotionals|

Fast. Transform. Repeat.

Then he said to them all: "Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross daily and follow me.” Luke 9:23 NIV When I was a brand-new believer a few years ago, fasting was explained to me as “simply denial, which is something we’ve all been called to.” I was also new to the Bible and this was the only verse I knew that referenced the subject of denial. None of it made sense and, honestly, it seemed like a mild-form of torture you could [joyfully] do by yourself or in a group. To a former atheist, this was a prime example of why Christianity always seemed to be cloaked in strange customs and rules. Not wanting to unintentionally offend anyone, I politely hung back in conversations where people discussed God’s leading them to fast. This further confused me because I noticed people were fasting in-between the times our church corporately fasted.  [...]

By |2018-11-01T16:55:19-06:00January 23rd, 2018|Awakening, Devotionals|