Digging Wells

The story of Isaac is resonating with me this morning. Isaac was blessed by God. The Bible said he was abundantly blessed and grew richer and richer. The blessing of God was evident in his life. But this made people around him jealous of him. The Philistines began to try to sabotage Isaac. They filled the wells Abraham had dug with dirt. Finally, the King asked him to leave. If...

Bible or Hallmark Movie?

Genesis 19 is just a bizarre chapter. I read most of the chapter with an expression of disgust, thinking, “If this were a TV show, I would have turned it off.” It’s weird when you think you need to watch a Hallmark Movie to cleanse your pallet from a Bible reading. How does an entire town unite and decide to sexually assault strangers visiting your town? Was there a town...

No Dread

I have been dreading something. The reasons I’m dreading this event is unimportant. The “dread” is the problem. When I dread anything I partner with lies. Some of the lies I’m partnering with are 1. The impending event is bigger than God. 2. God won’t be with me in the circumstance. 3. There will be no joy as I was walk through this circumstance. When you come right down to...

He Is!

One of my favorite names for God is “l Am.” When Moses asked God, “Who shall I say sent me?” God replied, “l Am.” It was as if God we’re saying, it will take too long to explain who I really am. Words cannot fully express my majesty. You will not truly comprehend how BIG I am. So just tell them, “I Am” and let them fill in the blank...

Do you Want to be Well?

Jesus asked the man at the Pool of Bethesda a simple question. “Do you want to get well?” It required a yes or no answer. But the man began to tell Jesus of his obstacles. This man had a victim mentality. Do you? How can you tell? If someone offers you hope or a solution to your problems, do you tell them of your obstacles? Do you find yourself blaming...

Uncertainty

What do you do when you get news of a possible bad report? The company is downsizing and you may be laid off. The doctor is concerned about your test and you may have a degenerative disease, Your spouse is unhappy and divorce is looming. What do you do in the uncertainty? Fear? Worry? Google? What if you prayed and rested? A man came to Jesus because his son was...

Love One Another

Yesterday, I was a little frazzled. I had overslept and arrived at work late. When I got to work, I had a huge stack of papers to carry up to my room on the third floor. A fellow teacher saw me struggling and ran to my aid. This teacher is of the Muslim faith. After I got settled, this teacher of Muslim faith, along with another teacher of Christian faith,...

Who Are You?

I am a new creation in Christ. Not perfect but perfected. Not sinless but righteous. Not arrogant but confident. Not conceited but convinced. Not all-powerful but can do all things. Not all-knowing but have the mind of Christ. Not rich but lack nothing. Not popular but accepted. Not fearless but fears nothing. Not a diva but royal. Not treated special but favored. Not immature but a child. I am a...

Grace Transforms

I am a woman of grace! The theology of grace has transformed my life. Grace gives us the power to live like Christ. Understanding our identity gives us the freedom to live like Christ. Consider the words of Paul, the teacher of grace, in Colossians 3. He begins by reminding us who we are – raised with Christ (conjoined) and seated at the right hand of God, lives hidden in...