Why Should I Obey?

Yesterday, I felt as if I were supposed to share on obedience in the Bible Study I facilitate. But as I began preparing my notes, I felt as if God said, “Stop. Before you share on obedience, remind them of grace.” So, we began our discussion by remembering some truths: 1. We are righteous (right with God) because of Jesus’ perfect obedience not ours. (II Corinthians 5:21). 2. We are...

The Rainbow

U I read this quote the other day and was impacted by it: “I refuse to be a Christian who is generous with damnation and stingy with Grace.” Too often our image of God and our portrayal of God, is one of an angry God, sitting in heaven sending floods, calamity, sickness our way to punish. How many times has trouble come our way and the first question we think...

Enthroned

This weekend was a plethora of emotions. Excitement and hope as a new season begins. Grief at the loss of a childhood friend. Disbelief as we mourned Kobe. Sadness at the news a friend’s marriage was ending. Uncertainty as a season ended. Sometimes life is fun, unpredictable, sorrowful, thrilling, peaceful, hectic, and scary all at the same time. But in the midst of craziness that is life, this truth remains:...

Radical Obedience

God: Noah, I’m going to flood the earth. I need you to build an ark. Noah: Okay God. But what is a flood? God: It’s when it rains so much, the water covers the earth. Noah: Okay. But what is rain? God: Water falling from the sky. Noah: Okay. But what is an ark? I’m imagining the conversation between Noah and God this morning. Noah had no reference point for...

Jesus’ Secret

She was guilty. No doubt about it. She was caught in the very act. They dragged her out of bed, half-naked, head hung, ashamed. She was a pawn in their twisted game. This angry mob demanded justice. She was an adulterer. The law was clear, she deserved stoning. She deserved an horrific, embarrassing, shameful death. What would this Jesus do? If He were truly a prophet, if He were truly...

Be Fruitful

How do we glorify God? The answer may surprise you. Jesus said it glorifies the Father when we (His children) bear much fruit. Think about, when Adam and Eve were created in the garden. God’s first command to them was “subdue, reign, be fruitful and multiply”. It was His original intent. So what does bearing fruit look like? God wants us to bear fruit in our soul, hence the fruit...

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...