Conversation

Yesterday, I read things that Church leaders had said or done that made me cringe. I found myself thinking, “I don’t want to be associated with Christians. I don’t want to be grouped in the same category.” Now, before you start praying for my soul, let me say this. I love Jesus Christ. I think the Bible is true yet complicated. There are certain passages I don’t understand but I...

Accepted in the Beloved

What must I do to be accepted by God? Read my Bible daily? Worship constantly? Pray without ceasing? Feed the poor? Evangelize my neighborhood? Attend church regularly? Tithe? The Apostle Paul tells us this: “I could not make myself acceptable to God by obeying the Law of Moses. God accepted me simply because of my faith in Christ.” (Philippians 3:9 CEV). “He [God] made us accepted in the Beloved.” (Ephesians...

Just Do It!

Way before it was a Nike slogan, Paul encouraged his readers in Romans 12 to”Just Do It!” Today, I think most church people feel as if their gift isn’t “significant” unless it is used and sanctioned by the church. So we wait for permission to use our gifts. We wait to be asked to serve on a team or lead a ministry. But the gifts God has given you were...

An Invite for the Impossible

When God calls us to do the impossible it’s an incredible invitation, an invitation to co-labor with God for a miracle. It’s an invitation to see the goodness of the Lord up close and personal. It’s an invitation to stretch our faith, and see more of the glory of God. It’s an invitation to be wowed by the love, the goodness, the generosity of God! Our initial response to Jesus’...

Bathsheba – The Real Story

  David and Bathsheba – ⚠️ This May Challenge You! I love to teach this story and set the record straight about Bathsheba. This whole hot mess of a relationship was instigated by King David’s lusts.  If you read the story, ignoring what you have heard about Bathsheba, you will see: 1. David was in the wrong place at the wrong time. David was on the roof, she was not....

Moved by Compassion

Jesus was often “moved with compassion” before a miracle. Another way of saying that is, “He was moved by love.” When people in need approached Jesus, He never reprimanded at that point; He didn’t counsel, He didn’t even teach. He loved. And Jesus’ love language is healing. When the downtrodden approached Jesus, He didn’t blame. He didn’t accuse. He didn’t judge. He loved. And Jesus’ love language is forgiving and...

Embrace Your Uniqueness

  Am I okay being different? I have been angry all week which is an unusual emotion for me. I have been extremely busy at work as well, so I have not had time to process my anger. But this morning with no rush to get to work on time, I’m sitting here with the Holy Spirit asking the question, “Why am I angry?” The Holy Spirit’s response was surprising...

Prosper in the Storm

“During the long war between the house of Saul and the house of David, David was growing stronger and the house of Saul was becoming weaker.” ‭‭2 Samuel‬ ‭3:1‬ ‭CSB‬‬ David prospered in the battle. David did not initiate the battle between him and Saul. He didn’t want it. It took several death attempts for him to forsake his relationship with Saul. And when he left, all he had were...

Fear or Faith?

God has not given us a spirit of fear. Do you believe that? Then why is fear so prevalent among Christians? I was meditating on some great battles and noticed this: Fear comes by seeing. Moses sent out 12 spies to recon the promised land. Ten brought back a bad report. The spies feared because of what they saw: “And they gave the children of Israel a bad report of...

Where’s the Fight?

This bears repeating:  Our enemy is not the Democrats nor is it the Republicans. Our enemy is not the liberal media nor the conservative media. Our enemy is not the police nor is it BLM. Our is enemy is not those who ascribe to socialism, Marxism, Communism, or any other ism. Our enemy is not Caucasian, Negro, Asian, or Middle Eastern. Our enemy is not Boomers, Millennials, or Gen X....