Entries by Blue Oaks

The Stones Cry Out Devotional

Scripture: Luke 19 This Sunday is Palm Sunday, but that’s not what it was called back in Jesus’ time. It was actually called lamb selection day. It was part of the Passover celebration where five days before Passover you would go and pick out a lamb that you and your family would offer as a […]

Perserverance

What do you think of when you think about perseverance? Perseverance is a life skill that can be developed, like working out at the gym to build core muscles and improve energy. What is perseverance? It’s not about quitting when things get difficult. It’s not finding the closest exit door. It’s about remaining under pressure […]

Face to Face

Have you ever had an all access pass to an event or concert? This pass or wristband means you get to go behind the scenes and meet people up close and personal. Face to face! When Justin experienced this, he got to see the depth of who these people really were. Through these experiences, those […]

Resolving Conflict

Conflict does happen. It’s a part of life. Wherever you have two people trying to develop community, you’re going to have conflict. And one of the primary reasons we need to learn to resolve conflict is the unity of the church is at stake. Conflict is when people argue or there’s anger, or differences of […]

Sincerity

How would you feel if your life was held up to the light today? * Would you feel a little threatened? * Would you say, “No problem, I don’t have anything to hide?” * Would you share the confidence the Apostle Paul had when he wrote, “I’ve conducted myself in the world and, especially in […]

Look Ahead devotional

This week Matt discussed how we start our day. Most mornings, do we hit the snooze button? Pull the pillow over our heads? Do we have an ALARM clock or an OPPORTUNITIY clock? Matt said we can take Jesus up on the greatest offer we’ll ever receive: to welcome Jesus into our lives, thoughts, actions, […]

How to Share Your Faith Without Losing Your Job

There are mornings where everything is going right. My son wakes up smiling, eats his breakfast, and doesn’t cry when I drop him off at daycare, and I hit every green light. Those mornings are almost as if I can give the Holy Spirit a high five. Then I walk into work. Someone is gossiping […]

8 Blessings We Get From Serving

We all want our lives to matter. It’s the reason we do the things we do. We chase promotions and leadership positions because we want to make a difference. We encourage our kids to go to college, get a good job, and make lots of money, in hopes that they, too, will make a difference. […]