If we do not start with with a correct understanding of what the Christian life is meant to be like then we will misinterpret Scripture, and consequently, God's will. The Jesus follower has an experience on earth that is completely different than every other type of person. The mistake that many Christians make is thinking … Continue reading Suffering – Part 1
People treat us bad, things go wrong, life is not working out like we want...this is where the excuses begin and life ends. At the outset, this sounds harsh, but stay with me--there is redemption. When we are mistreated there is an emotional response that begins within us. Justice starts to cry out and demands … Continue reading Where Excuses Stop — Life Begins
There are 4 main sections in this blog: Why Forgive? The Fake Apology Getting Walked On Conclusion 1. Why Forgive? The heart of forgiveness is compassion--the motive behind forgiveness is restitution. If you're not interested in compassion or reconciliation then real apology and forgiveness is not your thing. But it can be!! You cannot make … Continue reading The Heart of Forgiveness
"You are the most influential player on this team. If you walk around defeated, so will they." - Facing the Giants We are influencing someone. Our actions inspire someone to do something. In the home we are privileged to exercise leadership in God's format; by his design. To someone in your family, you are the … Continue reading Who’s Watching You?
One of the great tragedies in life is that people give in and conform to what those around them communicate is suitable, appropriate, and comfortable. Starting from the presupposition that we are all made in the image of God and that our standard for living is having the mind of Jesus Christ and walking out … Continue reading Stand Out and Be Different
Are you concerned with truth? Is it more valuable to you than all the comfort in the world? When we want truth in our lives we are seeking to live in light of God's Word...not our desires. What we selfishly want to hear is something that would gratify our emotional, physical, and relational needs. We … Continue reading Can You Hear the Truth?
Your belief about what Jesus is capable of, will determine how content and full of peace you are in this world--not what He actually does, but what He could do. Faith in Jesus is not concerned with the demonstration of power. Faith in Jesus is demonstrated by the peace drawn from the conviction that His … Continue reading What Can Jesus Do? The Answer = Size of Your Faith
Acts 6:41b (HCSB) ...rejoicing that they were counted worthy to be dishonored on behalf of the name of Jesus. Under command of those who hated the name of Jesus, the apostles were beaten and shamed in front of everyone. What was the response of the apostles? To rejoice! These were not sadists. They did not desire … Continue reading Embrace Dishonor for Jesus
Matthew 4:21-22 Going on from there, He saw two other brothers, James the son of Zebedee, and his brother John. They were in a boat with Zebedee their father, mending their nets, and He called them. Immediately they left the boat and their father and followed Him. If you believe in Jesus that means you have been … Continue reading When Jesus Calls
Genesis 3 The curses that man and woman received after their disobedience flowed from their original purpose when they were created. Man was created to take dominion over all creation--plants and animals. Woman was created to "complement" (Gen. 2) man. The woman's curse was relational. Pain in childbirth A conflict in marriage whereby she experiences … Continue reading Result of Original Sin