No Favoritism

Peter was given an amazing revelation. In Acts 10 Peter witnessed first hand the power of God being poured out upon the Gentiles. This was revolutionary! Peter was the first to see the equality purchased at the cross. He was the first disciple to participate in this historic event: The Holy Spirit poured out upon the Gentiles. Peter declared the following truth: I see very clearly, God shows no favoritism!...

A Different Spirit

When I watch images of police officers using excessive force… Woman calling the police on African American males… White men detaining an African American delivery man… Southerners shooting a young black male for entering a house under construction.. What I see, what I hear, is a world with the inability to see God in each individual person. This is not a new phenomenal. It is as old as biblical days....

I AM

Saturday, I shared my conversation with the Holy Spirit: Holy Spirit: I’m about to do a new thing. Me: But I’ve been hurt before. Holy Spirit: I’m about to do a new thing that is beyond what you can ask, think or imagine. Me: I don’t want to be disappointed so forgive me as I manage my expectations. Holy Spirit: Its a new day, my daughter. Me: I’m still recovering...

Lord God Almighty

Yesterday, I shared my conversation with the Holy Spirit: Holy Spirit: I’m about to do a new thing. Me: But I’ve been hurt before. Holy Spirit: I’m about to do a new thing that is beyond what you can ask, think or imagine. Me: I don’t want to be disappointed so forgive me as I manage my expectations. Holy Spirit: Its a new day, my daughter. Me: I’m still recovering...

Lord of the Breakthrough

The Holy Spirit and I are having a disagreement this morning. Well, not so much a disagreement but I’m struggling to receive truth. Our conversation sounded like this: Holy Spirit: I’m about to do a new thing. Me: But I’ve been hurt before. Holy Spirit: I’m about to do a new thing that is beyond what you can ask, think or imagine. Me: I don’t want to be disappointed so...

Play Nice

In these times when we are so polarized by politics, a pandemic, and social issues, we would do well to remember the words of Woody to Sid in Toy Story, “Play Nice!” How do we do that? Instructions for “Playing Nicely” given by the Apostle Paul: Genuinely love others (even people with whom you disagree.) Hate what is wrong (even if someone in your political party does it.) Serve the...

A Pep Talk to the Church

The story of King Ahaz is similar to what we are facing today. Nations threatened him. But Isaiah was sent to give him a message. I think the Word of the Lord to King Ahaz is apropos for us today. A Word of the Lord for God’s people (Isaiah 7:1-17) 1. Calm down and be quiet. Stop spreading fear. 2. Don’t be afraid and cowardly. 3. Yes, the enemy wants...

Unboxed

Hey, isn’t that Mary and Joe’s boy? I went to school with his brothers. Who is he to be sitting around pontificating? Who does he think he is to teach in the synagogue with such authority? Where did he learn to speak like that? He is just a carpenter’s son. Let him go build something. And with a thought, they put Jesus in a box. They put limitations on God....

Pray. Trust. Believe.

Tears of joy. Tears of sadness. Tears of anger. Yesterday, my sweet students wrote me letters. They were filled with words of encouragement and gratitude. I often think because I teach calculus, my students would be successful no matter who their teacher was. But these letters reminded me the power of encouragement and how I set the tone in my class. The letters reminded me of my significance as their...