House of Light

Last night I turned off the TV, turned on Christian music, sat in my favorite chair and “prayer-plained”. You know, complained to God in a form of a prayer. But God is so good! He met me where I was. He is an amazing encourager. Through music, he reminded me that: Fear is a liar. I am an overcomer. I am strong, brave, and free. His love for me is...

Hamster Wheel Life

For most of life, I had a spirit of “religious duty”. I thought the more good things I did, the more faithful I was, the more I attended church, the more God would love me. In essence, I was working for my salvation and acceptance. The problem with that is if I can “earn” God’s acceptance, then I could “lose” God’s acceptance. So I lived this dual life. On the...

No Katakrima

There is no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus. The word condemnation is the Greek word, katakrima, and it only appears three times in the Bible; and all three instances occur in the book of Romans. It is a legal term and it means to render an adverse or damning verdict. Therefore, in the courtroom of God, He renders no adverse or damning verdict against those who are...

A Dethroned Monarch

Romans 6 impacted my life more than any other chapter in the Bible. It’s theme: We are no longer slaves to sin. We often think of sin as some immoral act. While that is true, it is not a complete definition. Sin is anything in our lives that speaks louder than God’s voice or His Word. Sin is anything we allow to control us – fear, addictions, anger, gluttony, lust,...

Boast

Dear friends, I know you are hurting. I know you are struggling. I know this has been isolating, heartbreaking, financially difficult, confusing. This morning, I’m reading your pain as I stroll through Facebook. But then I read these words from Paul: “And not only that, but we also boast in our afflictions, because we know that affliction produces endurance, endurance produces proven character, and proven character produces hope. This hope...

Seated!

Yesterday was rough. It went something like this. Bad news. Worse news. Heated discussion. Bad news. Threat of horrible news but we won’t know until tomorrow. I ended up walking aimlessly around my neighborhood listening to gospel music and praying in the Spirit. But this morning, my Facebook memories reminded me of this important truth. Let this post from four years ago remind you of who you are and where...

New Normal

🎶 As the deer panteth for the water So my soul longeth after Thee You alone are my heart’s desire And I long to worship Thee You alone are my strength, my shield To You alone may my spirit yield You alone are my heart’s desire And I long to worship Thee🎶 I don’t know about you, but this truth is being tested within my heart during this isolation. Is...

Faith

  Do you remember singing, 🎶 “Father Abraham had many sons, many sons had Father Abraham. I am one of them and so are you. So let’s just praise the Lord.” (I will probably change sons to kids when I sing it to my grandchildren, but that’s another story.) I was reading about Abraham in the book of Romans this morning and thought about the truth in that simple child’s...

Leadership

As a Christian, you are called to be a leader. Now, you don’t need a title to be a leader. As a matter of fact, most of the leading you will do, will be without a title. The woman with the blood disease, led people to pursue healing by touching his garment. The woman at the well led people in her village to Christ. Abigail led David away from sinning....

First Response

David’s life suddenly resembled the lyrics of a country music song. He had been expelled from his homeland. A king sought his life. He had been robbed. His two wives and children were kidnapped. His closest friends talked of stoning him. But David’s response was priceless. He did not complain. He did not blame. He did not wallow in self-pity. He did not question God.  David’s first response was to:...