Western culture has made rebellion an “in” thing. Just listen for a few seconds to the news media talk about the nations leaders or watch how Hollywood portrays the bad guy as the likable hero. Rebellion isn’t just the product of the Roaring 20’s or Rockin’ 50’s and 60’s, but youth and adult alike from every generation are prone to private and public disrespect of … Continue reading Jesus offers rest to rebels
How I wonder, where I wonder Is a place so far away A place I wish to stay And sin never causes sway. Help me show and don’t say No To life ever happy Living without tragedy And alone designed for me. Does it exist beyond our bliss Of reality this afternoon? My nativity’s evil gloom And worldly sorrowful tune. Now is the time to … Continue reading kneel to appeal
A good friend recently asked me, “If someone becomes a Christian can he hide it?” That is a good question. How would you answer that? I paused for a long moment before answering. At first I responded by answering, “Yeah, he can hide, but not for long if he really is a Christian.” Then I followed up by sharing some of Christ’s words about shining … Continue reading what God asks of you
Those who have seen God are never the same. The children of Israel asked to see the Lord of Moses, but when they saw the Lord they were afraid and ask Moses never to allow them to see God like that again [see Daniel 10:7-10, Luke 2:10, Acts 9:3-4]. In Revelation 1:9-18, John saw the awesomeness of Christ and fell as a dead man. People … Continue reading What is your response to who God is?
Sunday at church I heard a great message about forgiveness from a familiar passage (Luke 7:36-50). However, I fall in the trap of hearing a lot about forgiveness, but practicing it superficially. Jesus was born to forgive. His life teaches us three things about about forgiveness: 1) It takes compassion , 2) It is costly, 3) It involves continuity. One of the most celebrated encounters … Continue reading born to forgive
Repentance. I’ll just come out and say it. It’s a word I don’t like to hear. It’s difficult to talk about. It’s often an awkward topic. It isn’t easy or comfortable or catchy or natural. However, I believe it is one of the biggest things that is lacking in my spiritual life and maybe even in yours. The Bible is not shy when it comes … Continue reading 3 benefits of repentance
My daughter Justus is only two and a half years old. She is old enough to know when she wants something she is not suppose to have to weigh the consequences of what will happen if she were to have it. Today, she weighed the consequences right before my eyes. I told her not to drink my coffee. She thought about it for a nanosecond, … Continue reading I want to be sorry like that…