Who Can Stand?

If God has determined to stand with us, tell me, who then could ever stand against us?” ‭‭Romans‬ ‭8:31‬ ‭TPT‬ Now this seems like a simple rhetorical question. We all know the Sunday School Answer is “nothing or no one.” But do we believe? First, do we believe God is for us? Because the promise is predicated on that truth, “God is for us”. Can a generational curse (the past...

God is Not Angry

Yesterday was the last day of our Adult Vacation Bible Study! Fifty-five people attended. I am honored and humbled God would allow me to teach in a foreign land. For four days, in the heat of the day, we sat outside in a covered patio. We sang songs of God’s goodness. We heard testimonies of his faithfulness. We prayed for each other and saw God heal. I am so in...

From Sin-Sniffer to Grace-Giver

What is sin? Since we are no longer under the law, can we still sin? Are the sins listed in the Old Testament still applicable today? As I read Colossians 3 this morning, I find myself thinking about conversations and teachings I have heard over the last few months. Here is my humble conclusion on the matter. In my life, it doesn’t matter. Does this mean, I’m going to go...

I’m Always Right

You do not become righteous by doing “the right” thing. Righteousness is a sovereign act of God. When you accept Jesus as Savior (that is opened to everyone), God sovereignly declares you right with Him. Now because you didn’t earn it, you can’t lose it. It is a gift. And God doesn’t give with sticky fingers. Why is this important? 1. Because you are right with God, you can ALWAYS...

Faith Expressed Through Love

My religious acts are useless. My past is forgotten. My future is glorious. The only thing that matters is my faith in Christ expressed through love. My faith is knowing Jesus died for my sins therefore I am completely forgiven and righteous (right with God). In spite of my past, regardless to today’s mistake, despite tomorrow’s troubles I am righteous. Because of that righteousness, I can love the unlovable. I...

The Challenge – Week 2 Day 3

Our righteousness is a gift from God. It does not ebb and flow with our behavior because it is based on Jesus’ sinlessness, which is eternal. Therefore, I can behave any way I please. Right? Your premise is correct. Your conclusion, not so much. Titus was a young leader in the early church. He was not of Jewish heritage. He was a Greek and grew up with a different moral...

The Challenge – Week 2, Day 2

Eve led Adam astray. Therefore women can never be in a position of authority over a man. Right? Because Eve’s act of disobedience was MORE POWERFUL than Jesus’ act of redemption. Because Jesus died to restore men only; His redemptive, restorative blood was insufficient to break the judgment pronounced on women at the Fall. Right? WRONG!!!! Paul writes: “Nor can the gift of God be compared with the result of...