Read the Word. In context. Speak truth.

“But solid food is for the mature, for those who have their powers of discernment trained by constant practice to distinguish good from evil.”‭‭Hebrews‬ ‭5:14‬ ‭ESV‬‬ If we want to grow in spiritual maturity we are supposed to constantly practice discerning good from evil. Wouldn’t that require us to call some things “good” and someContinue reading “Read the Word. In context. Speak truth.”

These words should never be spoken by a Christian!

“I’m so happy you found your truth”. These words should never be spoken from the mouth of a Christian. There is no “your truth” and “my truth”. Truth is not relative. God forbid that we tell anyone, anywhere, about any subject, that they can find their own personal truth. But that’s just what I’m seeing,Continue reading “These words should never be spoken by a Christian!”

Do we love each other enough to speak truth anymore?

Does anyone love anyone enough to tell them the truth anymore? The Apostle John did. He opens his letter with words we all like, talking about “full joy” but then, he says, “This is the message we have heard from him” (The God Man) “and declare to you, that God is light and in HimContinue reading “Do we love each other enough to speak truth anymore?”

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….”

Where are the faithful?

I wonder, have we forgotten the importance, the incredible value of FAITHFULNESS , in those we look to as our teachers? Paul encouraged Timothy to commit the things he had heard from him to FAITHFUL men who would be able to teach others. (2 Tim 2:2) Are we more drawn to big personalities, who canContinue reading “Where are the faithful?”

Is their eye off the prize?

I breezed right past the verse and started reading ahead. But then. I just felt the urge to back up, to slow down, to linger longer. I think the Lord wanted me to pay attention. And the truth is, these words are both terrifying and relevant—“some will depart the faith and give heed to deceivingContinue reading “Is their eye off the prize?”

I couldn’t shake this.

I had planned on only doing Christmas posts. I’ll probably get back to that. But for days, I have kept stumbling across Jeremiah 23, like over and over. I’d flip open to it “accidentally “. My online Bible version just “happened” to be pulled up there. Finally, I took notice and sat down to readContinue reading “I couldn’t shake this.”

I’d like to just stay in my Christmas pajamas and not think about it too sometimes.

The Messiah sat surrounded by the Pharisees and teachers of the law. The crowd surrounded the place and pushed in. I wonder if the buttoned-up religious leaders had to dust off their shoulders as debris surely began to fall from the ceiling as the tiles in the ceiling were removed. Did Jesus chuckle to HimselfContinue reading “I’d like to just stay in my Christmas pajamas and not think about it too sometimes.”

Let’s don’t “love” others all the way to Hell.

Right off the bat, Paul’s first letter to Timothy reminds us that the Lord Jesus Christ is our HOPE! (1 Tim 1:1) And He is, you know. And the more we know Him through His Word, the more we will experience hope in our hardest of our moments. So let’s don’t approach 1st Timothy, toContinue reading “Let’s don’t “love” others all the way to Hell.”

Another Letter

After his first letter to the young church at Thessalonica, Paul realized he needed to clarify some false ideas about the Second Coming. He picks up his pen and begins by reaffirming his deep love for the believers there. He recognizes their love for each other, their strong faith despite persecution, and encourages them thatContinue reading “Another Letter”

Have you ever been falsely accused?

Have you ever been falsely accused? It stings. Honestly, it’s one of the most frustrating things I’ve encountered. The Apostle Paul knew what this felt like. He had been accused of impure motives regarding the the young Thessalonian church; but, in truth, those people were dear to him and he wanted them to know it.Continue reading “Have you ever been falsely accused?”

Hanging on even in the HARD days

Paul and Silas had been beaten and jailed in Philippi because of the gospel. Their joy, as they sat in prison singing hymns, had famously helped the jailer and many others to come to know the Lord. Likewise, the Thessalonians had received the gospel with joy and zeal EVEN THOUGH they knew doing so wouldContinue reading “Hanging on even in the HARD days”

The Writing is on the Wall…and Hell is real

A new king assumes the throne. Belshazzar holds a great feast for thousands and many drink from the vessels taken from the temple of God. (Dan 5) As they drank, they worshipped the gods of gold, silver, bronze, iron, wood and stone. (If plastic would have been around, surely, they would have worshipped the plasticContinue reading “The Writing is on the Wall…and Hell is real”

For Christian parents whose children say they are gay. A response to Jen Hatmaker’s celebration of her daughter “coming out”

Oh Momma. You aren’t alone. God is with you. I know your heart is breaking. You don’t know who you can trust with the painful situation your family is facing. And you are a Christian. Your child has decided they are gay. And you raised them in church. Your dreams feel shattered. You question everyContinue reading “For Christian parents whose children say they are gay. A response to Jen Hatmaker’s celebration of her daughter “coming out””

Remember this when you hang out with those caught up in sin

When people spend time with you, do they see Jesus in you and desire to follow Him more? Zacchaeus, that wee little man, who climbed the Sycamore tree and invited Jesus to dine with him, was well known for his sins (Luke 19:7). But after spending time with Jesus, he repented of his sins andContinue reading “Remember this when you hang out with those caught up in sin”