Then, when our dying bodies have been transformed into bodies that will never die, this Scripture will be fulfilled: “Death is swallowed up in victory. O death, where is your victory? O death, where is your sting? ” For sin is the sting that results in death, and the law gives sin its power. But thank God! He gives us victory over sin and … Read More Good Friday, a day of Victory.
God is ever NOW! What do I mean by that…? The God of the universe doesn’t deal is used to’s, or back in my days, He is always now. He is the God of what is. In this passage in Mark 12, the Sadducees were trying to trap Jesus into saying something against the resurrection by asking what they thought was a clever question. … Read More God of the Living
The Pauline Epistles have a way of hitting home for me. The way Paul describes and simplifies complicated Biblical truth always givings me clarity, peace, understanding and conviction. The ending of Philippians is one of the most convicting for me. Paul is thanking the Church in Philipi for supporting him in his ministry. This is what he says after he thanks them… I know … Read More Highs and Lows
I’m sure we’ve all heard someone say, “the Bible says not to judge.” Which is true, but it commonly gets taken out of context. The passage is Matthew 7:1-2. “Do not judge others and you will not be judged. For you will be treated as you treat others. The standard you use in judging is the standard by which you will be judged.” What … Read More Who are you to judge?
The passage below is a stern warning from Paul, he says, “with tears in my eyes”….makes it feel like even more than a stern warning. It gives the feeling of desperation and longing to be heard and understood. This desperate desire of Paul that none should perish is the same as Christs, and part of what made him such a powerful evangelist. When was … Read More Appetite for destruction
Christ expects us to be perfect….Absolutely! He says this not just once, or in passing or as an add on. He makes it clear. James 1:4 tells us to let our endurance grow and when it does we will be perfect and needing nothing. Matthew 5:48 says to be perfect as your Father is perfect. There are other verses as well that state a … Read More Christ Commands us to be PERFECT!?!?!
The Bible doesn’t leave a lot of wiggle room with this whole humility thing. I remember my first reaction to the command to be humble….”I’m awesome at humility.” That was seriously my thought. If there was one thing I had, it was humility, and I had it in spades! It only took a few seconds for the irony of my own thoughts to hit … Read More Master of Humility
How many times have I prayed for God to help with the next thing I was trying to do? How often I pray for God to bless these wants and desires I have? The true answer is most of the time. Even something I feel like God has given me a peek into, that is His will for me, I instantly name it and … Read More God help me with my will or God let me do your will
As a Christian, it would be impossible for me to say everything done and said at the church is God’s perfect will, I mean, after all, we are fallible humans with a sin nature second to none. With that said, I do believe that the American Christian Church in its form and function is God’s will. I recently finished a book that used 12 … Read More Spirit Led Body of Christ
One week in, the process is going about how I expected it would. The hardest part so far has been finding the time to commit as much as I would like. The times I have been able to buckle down, I have had waterfalls of creativity, more in my head than I am able to write down fast enough. At the advice of my wife, … Read More Waterfalls and Deserts
This book is the true retelling of our coming to Christ experience. By “our”, I’m referring to my wife Cleo, myself and in turn, our children. This wasn’t a slow burn salvation, it was as a firecracker! Jesus brought us to Himself in a remarkable way, in a move of power, and created in us an unhindered faith that is still being widened and deepened to this day. … Read More Unhindered Faith