Time

Joel Plantinga

Read: James 4:13-17 What is your life? For you are a mist that appears for a little time and then vanishes. (v. 14) We’ve been entrusted with three great resources in varying degrees: time, talent, and treasure. When our faith walks, it expresses itself in all three ways. Today we begin with the one asset we can never have back: …

Discipleship of Others

Joel Plantinga

Read: 1 Thessalonians 2 So, being affectionately desirous of you, we were ready to share with you not only the gospel of God but also our own selves, because you had become very dear to us. (v. 8) From the moment of your conception, the one thing that sustained you was multiplication. As your cells multiplied at a frenetic pace, …

Growth

Joel Plantinga

Read: 2 Peter 3 But grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. (v. 18) In 2012, Dutch filmmaker Frans Hofmeester produced a video of his daughter growing up. It comprised 14 years of weekly videos of his daughter Lotte, taken every Saturday, to capture the age-old observation that our kids grow up right before …

Compassion

Joel Plantinga

Read: Luke 8:40-56 But Jesus said, “Someone touched me, for I perceive that power has gone out from me.” (v. 46) A recent TV series called Undercover Boss tells real-life stories of the founders and CEOs of companies going in disguise as entry-level employees to see how things in their company really work (or don’t). They meet people who are …

Gratitude

Joel Plantinga

Read: Luke 22:7-23 And he took bread, and when he had given thanks, he broke it and gave it to them. (v. 19) I recently watched with tears as a dad embraced his young daughter who was dying in a hospital. After he said goodbye and walked out of her room for the last time, I walked with him and …