For God Alone

By Linda Tancs

In Hebrew, a tzadik is someone who experiences only the love and awe of God, without material temptations. Jesus encourages all of us to become a tzadik (plural, tzadikim). In the story of the rich, young man, he asked Jesus what he needed to do to have eternal life. Jesus responded that he should sell all he has and follow him. The man went away sad because he had many possessions (Matthew 19:16-22). Put God first. All the rest will fall into place.

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As part of FOOT FORWARD MINISTRIES (a teaching and speaking ministry), Go Forward in Faith represents faith-based meditations for personal and professional growth. Follow us on Twitter @moveonfaith.

The Finishing Work of the Cross

By Linda Tancs

As we celebrate Christ’s resurrection, take a moment to reflect on the cross. What kinds of things brought Jesus to the cross? Anger, mistrust, betrayal of friends, denial, scapegoating, institutional bias and fear, among other things. What brings you to your cross in life? Probably many of the same things. Let the redemptive message of Easter resound in your life. You, too, are an overcomer (1 John 5:4); it is finished (John 19:30).

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As part of FOOT FORWARD MINISTRIES (a teaching and speaking ministry), Go Forward in Faith represents faith-based meditations for personal and professional growth. Follow us on Twitter @moveonfaith.

Rough Landings

By Linda Tancs

When we watch news footage of planes landing in bad weather, we admire the skill of the pilot in navigating less than optimal conditions. Maybe you’ve experienced a rough flight yourself, literally or figuratively. After all, life is full of rough landings: unemployment, divorce or separation, ill health. But we don’t have to pilot ourselves through it. Although a popular expression tells us that God is our co-pilot, He’s really more than that. In fact, He is the pilot (Psalm 91). He’ll land you safely.

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As part of FOOT FORWARD MINISTRIES (a teaching and speaking ministry), Go Forward in Faith represents faith-based meditations for personal and professional growth. Follow us on Twitter @moveonfaith.

Truth in the Desert

By Linda Tancs

What do you expect to see when you’re in the desert? Aside from the occasional mirage or oasis, the answer is probably nothing. The desert is a barren place, a blank canvas. That may sound despairing, but it’s actually a benefit. The desert is the perfect place to draw from. It’s not a coincidence that the Bible uses the desert frequently as a place to illustrate great truths. The same is true for us. In those barren places, or moments, is where unveiling happens (Luke 7:24-30).

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As part of FOOT FORWARD MINISTRIES (a teaching and speaking ministry), Go Forward in Faith represents faith-based meditations for personal and professional growth. Follow us on Twitter @moveonfaith.

A Royal Invitation

By Linda Tancs

There’s a saying among aristocrats that a royal invitation is actually a command. In other words, it’s more than just an honor to receive a monarch’s invitation to something; there’s an expectation of acceptance. When it comes to our King of kings, however, a royal invitation is just that. We’re invited into relationship with Him but it’s always our choice (Joshua 24:15). Make the right choice (Deuteronomy 30:19); don’t ignore His invitation.

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As part of FOOT FORWARD MINISTRIES (a teaching and speaking ministry), Go Forward in Faith represents faith-based meditations for personal and professional growth. Follow us on Twitter @moveonfaith.

It Pays to be Humble

By Linda Tancs

The prophet Elisha’s healing of the Syrian commander Naaman from leprosy is a familiar story for many (2 Kings 5:1-15). In short, Elisha commanded Naaman to dip his body into the Jordan River seven times to be healed. Naaman resisted, yet he persisted. The story is remarkable not only for his healing from leprosy but also for its compelling message on humility. Naaman discarded the trappings of success and allowed humility to enter in, ignoring the water quality (as he perceived it) and bathing in a manner that he found unsuitable for a man of his position. Humility fostered his healing because God loves a humble heart (Proverbs 22:4). What might humility bring to you?

*************** As part of FOOT FORWARD MINISTRIES (a teaching and speaking ministry), Go Forward in Faith represents faith-based meditations for personal and professional growth. Follow us on Twitter @moveonfaith.

Discipline Brings Dividends

By Linda Tancs

Do you consider yourself a disciplined person? Do you watch what you eat? Exercise? Mind your manners? As any fitness guru will tell you, discipline brings dividends. Even the apostle Paul exhorted his followers to be disciplined (1 Corinthians 9:27). Self-control is a form of discipline, and it honors God. After all, it’s referred to as a fruit of the Spirit (Galatians 5:22-23). In what areas can you practice better self-control?

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As part of FOOT FORWARD MINISTRIES (a teaching and speaking ministry), Go Forward in Faith represents faith-based meditations for personal and professional growth. Follow us on Twitter @moveonfaith.

Love Thy Neighbor

By Linda Tancs

Love is the greatest commandment, love of God being first and foremost, followed by love of neighbor (Matthew 22:36-40). Indeed, to love others is to love God because God is love (1 John 4:16). In its grandest sense, love of neighbor means to love everyone. Admittedly, though, it’s challenging to conjure affection for everyone, everywhere. A good first step is to recognize the connection with all of them as brothers and sisters in Christ. You can foster a connection locally through participation in community outreach and internationally through world missions. Whatever you do, it puts “love thy neighbor” within reach.

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As part of FOOT FORWARD MINISTRIES (a teaching and speaking ministry), Go Forward in Faith represents faith-based meditations for personal and professional growth. Follow us on Twitter @moveonfaith.

Don’t Look Back

By Linda Tancs

You may recall the story of Lot’s wife in the Book of Genesis. She turned into a pillar of salt for looking back to see the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah as she and her family were fleeing according to an angel’s instruction (Genesis 19:1-26). You may look back on things and, unlike Lot’s wife, you won’t end up a pillar of salt. But you may end up with less than you could’ve had if you’d keep your focus forward. Consider a professional runner who looks behind to check on the competition and ends up running from a certain gold medal to a bronze one instead. Looking behind may slow you down. Like a popular adage reminds us, the reason why a car’s windshield is so much bigger than the rear-view mirror is because you should be focusing on what’s ahead and not on what lies behind.

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As part of FOOT FORWARD MINISTRIES (a teaching and speaking ministry), Go Forward in Faith represents faith-based meditations for personal and professional growth. Follow us on Twitter @moveonfaith.

When Looks are Deceiving

By Linda Tancs

The spotted lanternfly is an invasive planthopper that causes serious damage including oozing sap, wilting, leaf curling and dieback in trees, vines, crops and many other types of plants. Arguably, it’s a very attractive insect, which is why it’s so disheartening that something so pretty could be such a destructive nuisance. Looks are, indeed, sometimes deceiving. Insects like the lanternfly remind me of the Bible’s warnings against deception. We’re warned, for instance, that it’s foolhardy to think that bad company doesn’t rub off on us (1 Corinthians 15:33) or to think that we won’t reap what we sow (Galatians 6:7) or that empty words will yield fruit (Ephesians 5:6). The key to avoiding deception is discernment (John 7:24).

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As part of FOOT FORWARD MINISTRIES (a teaching and speaking ministry), Go Forward in Faith represents faith-based meditations for personal and professional growth. Follow us on Twitter @moveonfaith and join the Facebook group @goforwardinfaith.