Have you created a god in your own image?

God makes a profound covenantal promise to Jacob in his dream (Gen 28:13-15) and then Jacob makes a conditional vow to God. CONDITIONAL Then Jacob made a vow, saying, “If God will be with me and will keep me in this way that I go, and will give me bread to eat and clothing toContinue reading “Have you created a god in your own image?”

You ready to go?

Are you ready to hop on a bumpy, slow-moving camel, to travel 500-900 miles to a place you’ve never been, with a person you just met, to marry a guy you’ve never laid eyes on? As I pick up Genesis again, Abraham has confidently sent his servant to find a wife for his son, Isaac.Continue reading “You ready to go?”

How many celebrate Christmas and miss true HOPE?

How many celebrate the birth of Christ, but still, hold tight to their sin instead of true hope? Of friend, as I look at this world, at the frailty of life highlighted by this pandemic, as I read prophecy, and as I remember the words of our Savior, “ I am coming quickly ”(Rev 22:20),—IContinue reading “How many celebrate Christmas and miss true HOPE?”

Wise Men Still Seek (to follow) Him!

A wise pastor once explained to one of my children that salvation is one big decision to follow Jesus and then lots of daily decisions to keep following Him. To be a Christ-follower, means we no longer go our own way but follow Christ as Almighty God. We are to follow His way (as definedContinue reading “Wise Men Still Seek (to follow) Him!”

In THE PRESENCE of our enemies…

This Thanksgiving week, as I have counted my blessings, I’ve found myself counting something as a blessing I didn’t think I ever would. A couple of years ago, our family faced what felt like a true enemy in another flesh and blood person. It all seemed to begin right after we shared our faith withContinue reading “In THE PRESENCE of our enemies…”

Those who walk in sin, as a lifestyle, better beware!

Now, if I thought myself mature for one moment and not distracted by earthly things (see Friday’s post, Phil 3:19), I only have to read a bit further in Paul’s letter to realize I have a LONG way to go. For when Paul writes, (Jesus) “will transform our lowly body that it may be conformedContinue reading “Those who walk in sin, as a lifestyle, better beware!”

No FEAR!

It is affecting the hearts and minds of many. I’m not saying we should not take this pandemic seriously or take precautions. I’m not saying that at all. What I am seeing though is so incredibly sad, and it breaks my heart. It’s fear without hope. It’s gripping. It’s suffocating. It’s consuming. Many. It’s notContinue reading “No FEAR!”

So, how can we tell if someone truly loves God?

So how can we tell if someone truly loves God? John tells us they will love others and keep God’s commands. (1 John 4:20-5:3) And, he tells us, the keeping of God’s commandments won’t seem burdensome (5:3). We will have a holy “want-to”. And Jesus told us, “If you love Me, keep my commandments.” (RecordedContinue reading “So, how can we tell if someone truly loves God?”