Breaking News: The Antichrist is here! Who are you picturing? Is it one of the Presedential candidates? Actually, this is not breaking news. The spirit of the Antichrist has been in the world since Jesus ascended to the Father: “Every spirit that does not confess Jesus is not from God. This is the spirit of the antichrist, which you have heard is coming; even now it is already in the...

First Steps Have you ever felt unprepared to do something? That’s how I felt yesterday right before I was to teach Bible Study. We are reading through the book of I Peter. The scripture for the night was difficult. It seemed to contradict what I had taught previously and I knew some in the group would read it and feel condemned. I prayed and asked God for revelation but I...

He is an AND God This morning, as I read through my daily reading, I noticed the Holy Spirit was pricking my heart about how I think about money. When I read I Kings 10, I was offended at the opulence and frivolity of Solomon’s wealth. As I read about his decorating style, my thought was, “What a waste. That money could be used to feed the poor.” Next, I...

Living Holy and Obediently

How do you teach holiness without evoking feelings of guilt? How do you teach obedience without legalism? You begin by teaching the Love of God, the faithful, unconditional, unstoppable, unfailing, uncompromising love of God. You remind people that God’s love doesn’t ebb and flow with their behavior. He loves you because you are His masterpiece. Secondly, remind them of power of the cross. Because of the cross, sin is no...

Indignant

We often think, as Christians we should not get angry or indignant. But Jesus was indignant. He was indignant because people were being cheated in the temple. He was indignant when the priests cared more about the Sabbath than setting people free. He was indignant when His disciples could not heal a young boy. I pray that the church that meets in America’s heart would break for that which breaks...

Good Teacher

On the first day of school, I give my students this speech: “I’m an amazing teacher. You hit the jackpot when you got me as a teacher. I’ve been doing this a long time and if you listen to me and do what I tell you, you will understand the math. You will prosper.” Sounds arrogant? Perhaps. But, the truth is, especially for my AP students, I know what it...

Faith or Fear?

My husband is a man of few words. When he speaks, he either makes me laugh or makes me think. Friday, he made me think. Weary from work, the news of protesters killed by a teen, another black man shot by police, learning about Chadwick Boseman, family drama, a feeling of dread overcame me. As I shared my struggle with my husband, he told of his similar struggle earlier that...

Don’t Waste Your Tears

Don’t despise your tears.  I’m not a cry-er. As a matter of fact, I’m annoyed when women cry.  But between the pandemic, the racial unrest, and going back to work to empty halls, I have been an emotional mess. Does anyone else find themselves more emotional since March?  Well, I have good news for you. When we, the Righteousness of God, go through the valley of tears, we make it...

Watch your Mouth

“I am overwhelmed,” I muttered under my breath as I sat at my desk trying to decide where to begin. The Holy Spirit sternly whispered, “Stop saying that.” I sighed, bracing myself for the correction I was about to receive. “You are not overwhelmed. You are under the shadow of the Most High. You are being given an opportunity to rest in my grace, to rely on my wisdom, to...

What America Needs

I read a familiar passage this morning: For God has not given us a spirit of fear but of power, love, and sound judgment. II Timothy 1:7 Although I have read and quoted this scripture often, this morning, it caused me to ponder. I questioned its truthfulness. (Now, don’t get your panties in a wad. I believe in the inherent word of God but sometimes in questioning you get a...