The first step to REAL freedom.

Understanding the gravity of our sin is the first step to freedom. Let’s stop with the cheap grace. Let’s stop sugarcoating sin. It has never helped anyone to think their sin isn’t that bad. Let’s be real.Let’s be honest. The only real help, and hope, for anyone is to know Jesus saw you at yourContinue reading “The first step to REAL freedom.”

It’s okay, if this world calls you foolish.

As Christians, we so want what we know to be good and right and true to be embraced by our culture. We often find ourselves exuberantly cheering the slightest hint of Christianity in our political figures when they use a Bible verse in their speech or our athletes when they thank God after the victory.Continue reading “It’s okay, if this world calls you foolish.”

Don’t put ANYONE on a Pedestal

I’m not sure if anything comes as close to rattling my faith as when people, I thought godly, walk away from Jesus and do ungodly things. This was exactly what was happening in the church in Corinth. We see it today as some continue to choose the praise of men and compromise with the worldContinue reading “Don’t put ANYONE on a Pedestal”

Tear-born TRUTH to hold on to…

She’s my niece. You may have read her words before on my page, and these words are heartfelt, birthed from tears and true… “He is jealous for us”. I can’t even remember the first time I had heard these words sung on the radio or in a Sunday service. Yet, it wasn’t until 3 yearsContinue reading “Tear-born TRUTH to hold on to…”

The Question No One Can Answer For You

You know, no one can answer the question for you. And I know, the whole thing, the nails, the Bloody Cross, -the thought is horrific. We’ve heard the story. We’ve been told, it’s not about bunnies and that day, it changed everything. That day, that Good Friday, looked anything but “good”. Early in the morningContinue reading “The Question No One Can Answer For You”

Thursday. No Other Way.

THURSDAY The day before Jesus would die. The precious Messiah bends down to wash His disciple’s feet then takes the bread and the cup of Passover with the men in the upper room… knowing, full well, He would soon be their perfect Lamb. The Lamb. The Perfect Lamb… soon it would be His blood spillingContinue reading “Thursday. No Other Way.”

Waiting Wednesday of Holy Week

Silent Wednesday. It’s what some scholars call this day of Holy Week. Jesus had spent Tuesday preaching and warning, being aggressively challenged by the religious leaders and watching his friend Judas slip away to make a deal to betray him. But then there is Wednesday. Silent Wednesday. Waiting Wednesday. Jesus knew what was coming. MaryContinue reading “Waiting Wednesday of Holy Week”

What salvation is, and what it isn’t.

I can’t shake the urgency I feel to be as clear as possible, right now, about what salvation is and what it is not. I think about Simon the Sorcerer in Acts chapter 8. When I first studied the passage it confused me for a bit. I read first in my ESV then grabbed myContinue reading “What salvation is, and what it isn’t.”

Biblical Prophecies Fulfilled. Doesn’t this make you wonder…

Unless you’ve been hiding under a rock, you know this world is CRAZY! And, even if you’re not very “religious”, you probably know the Bible has predicted many of the things that have happened in our world. Truly, things seem to be lining right up with Biblical prophecy. This has to make you wonder aboutContinue reading “Biblical Prophecies Fulfilled. Doesn’t this make you wonder…”

Don’t put faith in your own faith.

I think the enemy would love for us to believe we are the only ones whose faith has faltered. But this is not biblical. Throughout Scripture, God allows us to peak into the lives of some of the most faithful when they were the least faithful. Why would He do that? Perhaps, God allows usContinue reading “Don’t put faith in your own faith.”

It’s kind of a weird way to end…

John is about to lay his pen down. The letter is almost over. Once more he will plea to those, who would read his letter, then and now, to know a relationship with the Son of God is possible, and true, and eternal . “And we know that the Son of God has come andContinue reading “It’s kind of a weird way to end…”

Hey! Is your JOY full?

The purpose of this letter from the beloved disciple and friend of Jesus is so our “joy may be full” (1John 1:4), and it is no coincidence that John starts off by talking about where we can find that JOY- in a relationship with his friend and Savior, Jesus the Christ, the Son of theContinue reading “Hey! Is your JOY full?”

Why is that brother even in the story?

Have you wondered why the older brother is even in the story? It’s a curious story. A favorite really. If you’ve sat in church or heard a testimony you’re probably familiar with the Parable of the Prodigal Son. For years, I focused on the prodigal and the father running to Him. It’s a beautiful pictureContinue reading “Why is that brother even in the story?”

When others let us down

These words are real, raw and tender. Paul is about to close his last letter. He will soon breathe his last as he will be executed for the faith. He writes to Timothy to be diligent to come to him quickly (2 Tim 4:9). Paul longed to see his young prodigy. One last meeting thisContinue reading “When others let us down”

Lion of Judah

I remember as a little girl peering around my mom trying to read the colorfully decorated banners being carried down the aisle at church for the annual Christmas program—each with different names of God. I suspect if you grew up in a Baptist church you remember this too. Names like:“King of Kings”“Lord of Lords”“Lion ofContinue reading “Lion of Judah”

One way… everything else is FAKE NEWS!

Paul continues on in teaching sound doctrine and gives us the bedrock statement of our faith, “For there is one God and one Mediator between God and men, the Man Christ Jesus, who gave Himself a ransom for all,” (1 Tim 2:5-6) One God.One Mediator.Jesus.No other way. If we say we follow Christ, it alsoContinue reading “One way… everything else is FAKE NEWS!”

Unplanned post (after last night)

Are you worried about where our country is headed? Especially after the debate last night? A Fox News alert scrolls across the screen– another election poll, another crisis, another government scandal. I find myself dismayed, almost distraught, really. Questions race through my mind, “Where is our country going? What will this world look like whenContinue reading “Unplanned post (after last night)”