Redemptive Resolutions

The sugarplums have danced, presents are unwrapped (some even returned), trash cans are bulging along with our waistlines, and there are three days remaining in 2016. Now that we have finished our Christmas lists, most Americans turn to compiling a list of New Year's resolutions. 

Crosland Stuart
Do Your Spirits Need Reviving?

As mentioned last week singing familiar songs can become monotonous and it was this very problem that inspired Isaac Watts to pen Joy to the World.  For believers thoughts and celebrations of Christmas should always done in light of the cross.  Without the birth of Christ there would be no resurrection of Christ.  It is this joy that is celebrated in the beloved hymn of Joy to the World. 

Greg Ayers
The Little Drummer Boy Got it Right

Music and specifically carols are such a wonderful part of the Christmas season.  Like anything else, singing very familiar songs can become rote, but beginning today I would encourage you to really pay attention to the lyrics.  So many of them are full of rich reminders of the true meaning of Christmas-the birth of our Savior, Jesus Christ.

Crosland Stuart
The Abundant Life

We are all striving for the elusive "abundant life" or longing to flourish. The culture defines this as success in terms of power, position, and wealth. It should be no surprise that this is not how Christ describes success.

Andy Crouch
We Are All Economists

We all think economically, Christians included, whether or not we know it. We all make choices about how to obtain and spend scarce resources. Most of us also care deeply about how to deal with scarcity, distribute wealth, and maximize prosperity throughout our society. The only difference is how clearly we think through these choices and valuations.

Crosland Stuart
Thanksgiving vs Thanks-Living

Charles Spurgeon says, "I think that is a better thing than thanksgiving: thanks-living. How is this to be done? By a general cheerfulness of manner, by an obedience to the command of Him by whose mercy we live, by a perpetual, constant delighting of ourselves in the Lord, and by a submission of our desires to His will."

Crosland Stuart
Technology Is Shaping Your Spiritual Life

Technology is so much a part of our lives that we often do not realize its impact. It certainly is not all bad, but technology does seem to be one of those areas that we tend to be a bit careless about and underestimate its influence on our lives.  One of The Collaborative's mantra is to be more intentional about everything we do and technology is no exception.

Crosland Stuart
Rethinking Our Work Renews Our Minds

Praying through your work may be a new idea for some, but I can attest from personal experience, praying through my work has been a transformational exercise over the years. Work so dominates certain seasons of our lives that we ought to be in an ongoing dialogue with God through expressions of thanksgiving, cries of repentance, and pleas of petitions.