Tag Archives: self discipline

How Do You Deny Yourself?

Luke 9: 23 Then he said to them “Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross daily and follow me.” I read an article that summarized some of the crazy ways in which professional athletes spent their paychecks.  Some of the highlights for me included:  tennis great Novak Djokovic allegedly […]


1 Corinthians 9:  26 Therefore I do not run like someone running aimlessly; I do not fight like a boxer beating the air. 27 No, I strike a blow to my body and make it my slave so that after I have preached to others, I myself will not be disqualified for the prize We had the privilege this week […]

Everyone Wants a Piece of Me

Mark 1: 37 When they found Him, they said to Him, “Everyone is looking for You.” I recall seeing a cartoon strip with a psychiatrist sitting beside a couch.  On the couch was a pie with a few pieces missing and the pie said to the psychiatrist:  “I feel like everybody wants a piece of me”.  […]

Living in Harmony

Philippians 2: 2 make my joy complete by being of the same mind, maintaining the same love, united in spirit, intent on one purpose. (NASB) In today’s key scripture the Apostle Paul exhorts the church in Philippi to “be of the same mind” or “of one mind”.  In my church experience and experience with other Christians I can […]

The Pain of Discipline

Hebrews 12   11 No discipline seems pleasant at the time, but painful. Later on, however, it produces a harvest of righteousness and peace for those who have been trained by it.   One of the most difficult things to accept is correction and discipline.  It seems to go against every natural fibre of our being.  Our first […]

It’s time to rest

Mark 6:  31 Then, because so many people were coming and going that they did not even have a chance to eat, he said to them, “Come with me by yourselves to a quiet place and get some rest.”   While most athletes know that rest days are important, many athletes over train and actually feel guilty when […]

Teaching with Authority

Matthew 7: 28-29  When Jesus had finished saying these things the crowds were amazed at his teaching, because he taught as one who had authority, and not as their teachers of the law.   These verses in Matthew 7 are the concluding commentary to what is commonly called the Sermon on the Mount, the scriptural account […]

What is that to you? You must follow me!

John 21: 22  Jesus answered, “If I want him to remain alive until I return, what is that to you? You must follow me.   This story in John 21 is so interesting.  Jesus had appeared for the third time to his disciples, post his resurrection, and he used this opportunity to reinstate Peter.  Remember Peter’s darkest […]