Give Me Liberty

Is it better to be a slave in Egypt than a corpse in the wilderness? Is it better to be hopeless than take a chance and be disappointed? Is it better to stay in the boat than drown walking on water? Is it better to live in obscurity than face persecution for your conviction? Is it better to keep tradition with the crowd than try something new alone. Is it...

Keep Hoping

Unjustly oppressed. Forced into labor simply because of their heritage. They had mourned. They had cried out for help. And when someone finally came to ‘help’, he only made things worse. Their oppressors now required the impossible of them. They were discouraged. They felt hopeless. So when Moses delivered a beautiful message of hope from God, they rejected it. They could not see themselves free from oppression. They could not...

Choose Love

Fear is a powerful motivator. It was present in the garden. (Eve feared she was withholding.) Feared caused Abraham to lie about his marital situation. Pharaoh was motivated by fear when he oppressed a nation of people. The Pharisees feared loosing their status so they crucified an innocent man. The Holocaust was motivated by fear of a people group. The Jim Crow laws were motivated by fear. Separation, greed, cruelty,...

Be Free!

Forgiveness is powerful! It’s funny how releasing others from their debt frees us. Joseph’s brothers were absolutely, positively wrong to sell their brother into slavery. Joseph had every right to be angry with his brothers. He had been ripped from his family, falsely accused, set in jail to rot all because of their actions. His brothers hijacked his life. When Joseph is finally reunited with the very people who caused...

King Inside

It is funny to me, how of all Jacob’s children and their children, God chose Judah’s and Tamar’s hot mess of a relationship to be the seed from which Jesus would be born. Judah had three sons. His oldest married Tamar. But his oldest died leaving no heir. Tradition dictated his second son would give Tamar an heir. But the second son chose to have the fun but not the...

Facebook Posts

I did something dumb this morning. I scrolled mindlessly through my Facebook thread. Never a good idea. But I did learn a few things as I scrolled. I learned Trump is the best president ever. I learned Trump is the worse President ever. I learned J-Lo is an amazing performer. I learned J-Lo’s act was distasteful and shameful. I learned Gayle King was an amazing reporter. I learned Gayle King...

Psalm 23

Psalm 23 begins and ends with two amazing promises: I shall not lack. His goodness and mercy follows me. Have you ever felt as if your life is contrary to these truths? I have. I have experienced bounced checks, robbing Peter to pay Paul, debt collection. I am familiar with lack. I have been fired from jobs, had doors closed in my face, and been rejected. Where was the goodness...

Leading Well

Can I tell you a secret? Leadership is hard. Let me take that back, Leading well is difficult. Many of us desire to be in a position of influence but don’t quite understand the weight that carries. To lead well, one must possess wisdom. Solomon realized this and gave each of us an example of how to pray as we step into leadership: “Now give me wisdom and knowledge, that...

Tired and Ticked Off

Tired and ticked off. Yes, that’s how I woke up feeling this morning. It’s a work thing that I feel obligated to do tonight that is interfering with me preparing for my bible study tonight. So I am physically exhausted just thinking about another marathon day and I’m frustrated with the politics at work. That is how I started my morning. Tired and ticked….Then I read The Word. Abraham was...

Fighting for Family

What an awesome problem to have: Too prosperous. Yet, that is the problem Abram and his nephew, Lot faced. So they decided to separate. Abram graciously gave Lot his choice. Lot chose that which pleased the eye. The land appeared well watered but the land had one small problem. It’s inhabitants sinned immensely. As I read this story this morning, I thought about this generation, our children. So many choices...