Have you ever gave one of your kids a gift, and within a couple days they have forgotten all about it? Sometimes that’s what we do with God! He wants us to appreciate what he does, be thankful for what he has brought us through, take time to meditate on what he’s doing now, apply what he has shown us so far, and don’t be in such a hurry to get to the next revelation! What are we doing with the last revelation/thing he gave us? Let us marinate in the things he gives or shows us, get the full…

Good morning family and friends! Ok let me see all the hands that just didn’t want to get up and work this Monday morning!!! Lol😀 I know me too. But we just have to put a little mind change on it, look at it from another angle so to speak! It is a great opportunity to connect with others and share the love of Jesus, into other people’s lives! Now that, brings me to the next thought! If I am feeling like I might be getting rude or if I am frustrated, or irritated, then that tells me I need…

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An Amazing God God never ceases to amaze me!!! No, I really mean it. No matter how much we might see or experience, God is always bigger, grander, and able to wow us again and again… One thing that really stands out to me is how this omnipotent God of all creation can so often limit Himself to working through His creation–yes, that’s you and me in case you were wondering. I mean, think about it, all-powerful, all-knowing, always-present, never-ending God, handcuffs Himself by choosing to work through men and women, with all of our foibles, flaws, and failures….It’s simply…

Trusting God is often as easy as having a mere thought and saying “oh yeah I trust God” or at least this is the train of thought we often use. Psalm 56:3 says “3 When I am afraid, I put my trust in you.”  I am confident in this scripture, let me tell you, when I’m afraid I run to God, but I’m mostly running in hopes that God will just deliver me from whatever heartache it is that I fear. That’s not really trust though is it? I’m just hoping he takes care of my problem. What if the…

Doctrine matters. Theology matters. The scriptures tell us that the people of God sometimes suffer because of their lack of knowledge (Hosea 4:6), sometimes because they know, but do not obey (Ephesians 5:6). Yet, often, we live far below the abundant life Jesus promises in John 10:10. One example of this I noticed recently is in the account of Gideon in Judges 6: “Pardon me, my lord,” Gideon replied, “but if the Lord is with us, why has all this happened to us? Where are all his wonders that our ancestors told us about when they said, ‘Did not the…

Transgenderism: Is That A Real Thing? In light of the recent developments in North Carolina, it’s impossible not to opine, at least a little, on this topic. From a Christian perspective, the case should be open and shut. God clearly defines what the two, count them two, genders are: male and female.   Haven’t you read, he replied, that at the beginning the Creator ‘made them male and female, (Matthew 19:4, NIV)   Yes, by default, Jesus did comment on marriage and topics like homosexuality and transgenderism. However, instead of putting out all the fires that might arise, He chose to…

Undoubtedly, the phrase from John 8:32 is one of the most quoted promises in societal Christianity today. I’m sure you’ve seen several signs, memes, posts, and maybe even a bumper sticker or two that lays claim to “the truth” setting us free, complete with colorful depictions of broken chains, light breaking in the hues of dawn, and people facing heaven with arms outstretched. But how exactly does truth set us free? In fact, to quote Pilate’s famous question in John 18:38, “what is truth?” The truth about, well, truth… In reality, John 8:32 is like many other scriptures where people, through poor…

It’s amazing that we live in such a user-friendly, seeker-sensitive society. Don’t get me wrong, when I walk into a Best Buy (oh yeah, Best Buy) I want to find all kinds of new, sleek gadgets to make my life more efficient and more fulfilling (as much as tech can anyway). I also want those shiny new tech toys to be user-friendly and seeker-sensitive. I want companies like Apple and Microsoft to be sensitive to my wants and needs and to battle it out in the marketplace and compete for my business. This brings better stuff, lower prices, and a…

In Mark 12:10 Jesus asks, Haven’t you read this scripture: The stone the builders rejected has become the capstone; the Lord has done this, and it is marvelous in our eyes? True to form, after Jesus laid the spiritual smack-down on the religious leaders, they wanted to arrest Him. But why did Jesus speak this against them, what was the issue that made them reject him even though they were the “builders?” In Matthew 16:18 Jesus reveals that He will build the church, and in 1 Corinthians 3:11 Paul says that no one can lay another foundation than that which is already laid, namely, Jesus…

In Luke 14, Jesus uses two different analogies to explain the cost of discipleship. First, he talks about the planning involved in a large building project. Next, he discusses the evaluation a nation goes through before determining whether to go to war. In each circumstance, He reiterates the need to evaluate the options and really consider the cost associated with the decision. This is exactly what we must do when determining whether to follow Jesus Christ as a disciple. Jesus tells us we must deny ourselves and take up our cross, we must be willing to forsake all others if necessary,…