Jesus, the I AM, calls for your attention

To get my attention, my daughters will repeat a phrase over and over again, “Daddy, daddy, daddy!  Come see this.  Come see this.  Come see this.”  It can be a new ballet twirl to Sophia getting a boo-boo.  It can be highly annoying, but it is often a good of getting my attention. When a phrase is repeated…

Jesus as the Bookends of John’s Gospel

Bookends hold upright and support a row of books from end to end.  Often times bookends are solid and sure.  John’s Gospel has literary bookends that hold upright the content of his writing. John begins his Gospel with this intended purpose: Jesus Christ has always been and He will always be.  The Creator God is Jesus Christ.  In contrast…

5. bold and brave image-bearers

Men are designed to be IMAGE-BEARERS. The final aspect of masculinity is seen in the fact that men are the glory of God.  “Then God said, “Let us make man in our image, after our likeness.” (Gen. 1:26)  Here we come full circle.  To be made in God’s image is to be a dominioneer or…

4. sages seeking wisdom

Men are expected to grow in wisdom, becoming SAGES. Wisdom is something men and women want from day one.  We just go to find her in the wrong place or we listen to the wrong voice,  “But the serpent said to the woman, “You will not surely die. For God knows that when you eat…

3. saviors delivering from evil

Men are equipped to be SAVIORS, delivering from evil. Men have a deep desire to deliver and save.  Men have a deep desire to defend something; to represent someone in battle.  That is why we are drawn to the examples of William Wallace and Maximus. Jesus is the great example of a Savior.  His deliverance…

2. tillers tending to the earth

Men are fitted as HUSBANDMEN, tilling the earth. Where does the term husbandmen come from?  It is a farming term.  It is one who tills the land.  A husbandman gets his hands dirty and works the earth to make something of it. “The Lord God took the man and put him in the garden of…

1. lords of the earth

Before taking a road trip it is a good idea to know where you are going.  Have you ever just got in a car and thought, “I don’t need to plan, I think I know the way”?  That is not a good idea in Chad. I have a friend who drove a bus or semi…

Jesus on Trial: Injustices, Ironies, and Barabbas

Can you name a movie or story where the main character is innocent, but is framed, tried and punished for a crime they didn’t commit? There are many. My favorites include: The Shawshank Redemption, The Green Mile, Double Jeopardy, The Fugitive, North By Northwest, The Wrong Man, The 39 Steps, An Innocent Man, and Hang…

Lessons learned from God’s Creatorhood

What can we learn from the way God imagines and makes, and how must we change our ways of imagining and making because of what we observe in His ways? 1. What we call strange or abstract art may be closer to God’s way of creating. When God created the first giraffe He did not…

girls eat bugs

The best part of this week is the opportunity to dress up and eat so much candy that your teeth fall out. I swear Halloween was invented by dentists for the sole reason: having job security. I do have proof for that, but it sure does seem logical! For Halloween this year I was a…

deep

I cannot believe that our summer has already evaporated. Where did it go? Tonight, we kick off our FUEL school year. I am so excited. This is going to be a great fall!! Our theme of getting DEEP has its roots in Colossians 2:6-7, “So then, just as you received Christ Jesus as Lord, continue…

less of me; more of GOD

We recently had our annual reFUEL retreat, a youth winter retreat. I thought I would share with you from the perspective of one of our teens what kind of weekend it was… Less.. complaining More.. thanking Less.. selfishness More.. selflessness Less.. anger More.. love Less.. bitterness More.. forgiveness Less.. jealousy More.. compassion Less.. self pity…