We’ve all seen the seeds of sin left to grow into a raging inferno that destroys people, and families, and communities. As a people, we’ve argued about just what laws we need as a society. As Christians, we believe those laws should be biblically based. But let’s remember, unless hearts change, laws can only everContinue reading “Hope for our TROUBLES”
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Have you ever laughed out loud as you’ve read your Bible?
I laughed out loud as I read my Bible. This doesn’t usually happen but sometimes, I find myself chuckling. Luke described the time Jesus healed a boy possessed by a demon after His disciples failed to do so. Jesus, then, prophesies His coming death and steadfastly sets His face to go to Jerusalem. Along theContinue reading “Have you ever laughed out loud as you’ve read your Bible?”
Don’t trust yourself
What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us? (Rom 8:31) God is for us, not against us. I recently heard a pastor say, “Don’t you think if God we’re out to get you, He would have gotten you by now?!” We laugh. We say weContinue reading “Don’t trust yourself”
If we ignore sin are we truly loving others?
I’m not the sharpest nail in the box, but when God points out things twice, I tend to pay attention! My daughter, Abi, was recounting a dream she had about John 8 and the woman caught in adultery. She talked about how very vivid the dream seemed. Two days later, I “flopped” my Bible openContinue reading “If we ignore sin are we truly loving others?”
Our hope was NEVER meant to be in ourselves.
Did you blow it yesterday? Did sin raise it’s ugly head in you again? Did something you thought you had mastered, master you? Are you disappointed in yourself? Friend, it’s a great date for a clean slate. And this day IS a clean slate, brand new, a blank page, a total do-over for those whoContinue reading “Our hope was NEVER meant to be in ourselves.”
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…”
Let’s talk about SEX!
Paul has been expressing his love and appreciation of the Thessalonian church and then, BAM!…he starts talking about SEX! (I Thess 4) And as it is today, so it was then, sex can be a stumbling block even for those who love Jesus. Those early believers had stood strong in the face of affliction andContinue reading “Let’s talk about SEX!”
Want PEACE like a RIVER?
It’s 3am and I’m here thinking there won’t be colonoscopy prep in Heaven! Good grief, this is not fun! But this, is actually a very small problem compared to the trials many in this hard world are walking through. I’m reminded of something God laid on my heart a few years ago as I watchedContinue reading “Want PEACE like a RIVER?”
Relevant words from an Ancient Prophet
I believe as a country, a church and as people, we are being deceived by false prophets speaking empty oracles. Jeremiah talks of false prophets and empty oracles. He says the false prophets “walk in lies and strengthen the hands of evildoers so that no one turns back from his wickedness” (23:14). Doesn’t that soundContinue reading “Relevant words from an Ancient Prophet”
I almost sent that text…
I almost sent that text.But I deleted it instead. The words I had rehearsed in my mind, didn’t roll off my tongue.I kept my mouth shut. God knows what I had in mind. He knows the old me who could compose a quick, insulting comeback and be proud of the wounding I would inflict. ButContinue reading “I almost sent that text…”
The Root Cause of Most of Our Sin Choices
First, I’d like to know what wrinkle cream the aging Sarah used! She must have had timeless beauty like Audrey Hepburn because as I continue reading in Genesis, yet another king (see Genesis 20), has taken notice of her…and here goes Abraham lying again that she is his sister! Abraham is rebuked by the worldlyContinue reading “The Root Cause of Most of Our Sin Choices”
I love how the Bible sugarcoats everything and only tells the simple, pretty stories. Except it doesn’t. The Bible is real. God shows us the proclivity of humans to see Him do amazing things and then turn right around and blow it. After Lot and his two daughters had just been supernaturally rescued from SodomContinue reading “Beware!”
The way to joy and freedom often starts here.
It seems to be out of style. I don’t hear it spoken of often, not even in many pulpits. It is the job of the Holy Spirit (John 16:8) and is likely happening in the believers life every day, though I wonder if most notice it. It’s the voice of the Holy Spirit convicting usContinue reading “The way to joy and freedom often starts here.”
Have you doubted God and made the wrong choice?
It’s been ten long years since God promised. Still no baby. Her body is aging. She’s tired. She loves her husband. Didn’t God say Abram’s descendants would be as numerous as the stars? (Gen 15:5). But she also knew the sovereign God has restrained her from bearing children. (Gen 16:2) What is she supposed toContinue reading “Have you doubted God and made the wrong choice?”
Prone to wander, Lord I feel it.
As John closes his letter, he says, “We know that whoever is born of God does not sin; but he who has been born of God keeps himself, and the wicked one does not touch him. We know that we are of God, and the whole world lies under the sway of the wicked one.”Continue reading “Prone to wander, Lord I feel it.”
If you are going to study the Bible, don’t skip past the hard stuff.
Have you ever thought, some passages in the Bible are easier to read, and put into practice, in the day to day, than others? Sometimes, I’ll bump into something that causes me to scratch my head, pray, pull out extra commentaries, and dig deeper for understanding. I want to carefully listen to hear the HolyContinue reading “If you are going to study the Bible, don’t skip past the hard stuff.”
Be motivated by THIS!
BUT… “If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” (1 John 8-9) If we confess our sins, He cleanses us from every ugly thing!Continue reading “Be motivated by THIS!”
Hot Fudge Sauce. And Sin.
Yes. Hot fudge sauce. But, we will get to that in a moment. Boaz has arrived on the scene (Ruth 2). Boaz was a godly man. While Naomi’s husband, Elimelech, had taken them back to the wilderness and left the Promised Land during the famine, Boaz had stayed. (Ruth 2) During the hard days, BoazContinue reading “Hot Fudge Sauce. And Sin.”
Watch for THIS so you can run your race!
It’s one thing to be sick over the sin in our culture, but it’s entirely another, and necessary, to have times when I’m sick over my own sin. When you ask the Lord to show you your sin, He does. And it is always out of His kindness that God shows us and leads usContinue reading “Watch for THIS so you can run your race!”
Jesus was quick to love those caught up in sin. But….
It has happened again. God seems to be repeating Himself with me a lot lately. I’m not the sharpest nail in the box, but when He says things twice, I tend to pay attention! My daughter, Abi, was recounting a dream she had about John 8 and the woman caught in adultery. She talked aboutContinue reading “Jesus was quick to love those caught up in sin. But….”