As we contemplate the post-COVID word, one has to wonder what it will be like. Let me say that I am neither a theologian nor a medical professional . I do hold a doctorate, but not in the medical field. As someone once said, I’m not the kind of doctor that does anybody any good.Continue reading “Post-COVID Hope”
Happy Thursday, friends! Yes, that was probably a little too chipper for me also, but I meant it with the full ‘Here, here!’ of this coffee in my hand. I woke up this morning thinking about Lydia, a woman to whom Paul spoke in Phillipi. If you’re not familiar with the story: We set sailContinue reading “Judge tenderly—of Me”
We are made in God’s image, his likeness. At creation, God said the earth was good. Upon creation of man and woman, he decreed it very good. What does it mean to be created in His image? It is not a physical resemblance. Although our children may have a physical resemblance to us, people willContinue reading “In the Image of God”
As I have said before in this “Boosts” series, I am a student in the study of the American Civil War, and of President Abraham Lincoln. No occupants of the White House before or since have had to deal with quite the level of stress and challenge that Abraham and Mary Lincoln faced during the Civil War. Our country was almost lost due to the secession of the southern states; the chattel slavery of black Americans was almost doomed to last eternally in the South; the allied nations during World War 1 and World War 2, would not have access to what was called “the arsenal of democracy” – a United States of America – to give them aid that was necessary in the fight against tyranny in both wars.
When I first started showing symptoms of the coronavirus, I didn’t think I had it. There was the sore throat, weird sinus issues, fatigue, followed by worse fatigue, then headaches. I never had a fever, so I waited over a week to get tested. It wasn’t until I lost my senses of taste and smellContinue reading “Still Surprised by Joy”
It was just the two of us. Now that we were in our fifties, my wife Diane and I were going through our usual difficulties on New Year’s Eve: trying to stay awake to midnight. What seems ironic to me is that as the clock ticked away, I turned to Diane and said, “Good riddance to 2019. The year 2020 just HAS to be better!”
I’m terrible about establishing desirable habits or changing negative ones, but I was reasonably successful about a year ago with an endeavor. I forget who told me about it—I’m so sorry—but I was reading Anna Voskamp’s One Thousand Gifts: A Dare to Live Fully Right Where You Are.
It is one of my earliest memories. I was maybe 3 years old, and my mother and my grandmother were probably sick of me. I was always asking questions, and they had things to do, there at my grandparents’ house. So, before they went downstairs to do the laundry and talk, my mother and grandmotherContinue reading “Demons (Boosts from the Bible #13)”
“Hey, dad, can I take Pike down to the mailbox?” COVID-19 aside, Kacie and I travel a lot, so we love having a townhome. My ten-year-old, Samuel, loves being old enough to walk down to the mailbox in the mornings – with our very protective Dutch Shepherd, Pike. It makes him feel big. I didn’tContinue reading “We Receive to Give”
If we want something done we often seek someone with an “In.” Want to change something in your city, who do we know that knows the Mayor? Access to someone in power is the world’s way of getting things done. Guess what? We have that kind of access to God. You might say “Why pray?Continue reading “Powerful Prayer”
When I was nine years old in the third grade at a Christian school, we often memorized assigned Bible verses in class as part of our weekly curriculum. One particularly drab weekday—I say this because I wanted to go outside to recess, and lunch that day was grilled cheese, my favorite, and oh, wouldn’t 11:45Continue reading “Slow Down”
What enables us to finish well in life? The answer is Jesus. He gets us. He understands us. Why? Jesus was all man – he could touch people, he spoke with an accent, he could blend into a crowd. Yet he was all God – he could heal, he spoke with authority, he could changeContinue reading “Finishing Well”
Have you ever had a time in your life where things changed for you dramatically, practically overnight? Certainly these times are kind of like that, but I mean when things changed personally…just for you – for you and no one else around you at the time.
Some may be tempted to react to all of these (as yet) hard to answer questions by deciding, once you see the sun rise through your bedroom window, to turn over in your bed, and pull the covers over your head.
Starting in the mid-1950’s and well into the current century, a fictional character by the name of Alfred E. Neuman graced the covers of MAD Magazine. His image became a national icon, along with his well known phrase, “What, Me Worry?” Neuman’s line could well be adopted by Christians, as there is an abundance ofContinue reading “What, Me Worry?”
Remember, the Holy Spirit DROVE Jesus into the desert for 40 days. Where is the Spirit driving US – not only these forty days…but the many MORE days that follow?
Welcome to “Boosts from the Bible,” our spiritual devotion that delves into the depths of the Holy Scriptures, in order to receive a boost of God’s wisdom and love…a boost of God’s hope and peace during this weird time. As we continue during this strange time, I have been praying and wondering just HOW some of ourContinue reading “Boosts from the Bible #9 (The Good Samaritan)”
Peace. Such a simple word. We use it on numerous occasions, with many meanings. We may meet someone on the street and carry on a short conversation. As we depart, we may wish them “peace.” When two nations have been waging war and cease hostilities, we say there is peace. We may dwell on theContinue reading “The World’s Peace – Or God’s?”
Now here’s the thing. We can feel cursed, and lose hope, but God does not want us to lose hope! God has a deep plan going on here, just as God had a deep plan with Joseph. Let us keep faith with God just as Joseph kept faith with God.
There is a popular saying in Christian circles that goes “God is good all the time.” This is certainly true. Scripture is full of references to God’s goodness. It is not in His nature to be not good. We may think of ourselves as good people but, if you’re like me (and I know youContinue reading “Is God Always Good?”
No one really knows what it’s like to be completely isolated until one has to go through it. Isolation is especially aggravating when it is not your choice to do so – when you are forced to be alone.
Now to the Fire and Brimstone Preachers that you might have bumped into, this is a cockamamie set of verses. For them, being a Christian is something only a few people can pull off, and, in their eyes, it probably isn’t you.
As Christians, we hold a dual citizenship. We have citizenship in an earthly country. I am a citizen of the United States. Proudly so. Notice that I did not say I am an American Citizen. There are two continents with the word “America” in their name. If I am an American citizen it is assumedContinue reading “Is Jesus an American?”
We are called to GIVE comfort, but also it helps to RECEIVE comfort – and we can always receive comfort from God. Paul, in our reading, called God “the Father of all mercies and the God of all consolation.” But sometimes it’s hard identifying with the Creator of the Universe, which is one reason why God sent His Son so that we may trust in God more by trusting in this amazing Jesus that we read about.
All of us have experienced what we call “The dark night of the soul.” Times when we feel like there’s no way out. Times when we don’t think things will ever be better. We are stuck in a rut of hard times, one bad thing happening after another. We wonder “Where is God?” And justContinue reading “Joy Comes”
Do we see God has an ENDURING presence, or an “and-does-nothing” presence? Do we feel God’s love is steadfast or shaky? Are we sure that forever is in our future, or is forever just a belief we held in the past?
Mirrors have a purpose. We use them to get ready for work, for an evening out, to make sure clothes fit right, straighten up our hair a little, or just to make sure we don’t have cilantro stuck in our teeth after eating at a Mexican restaurant. When we take a moment to look into a mirror, it is to see a picture of ourselves and make necessary changes. It would be completely pointless to gaze into a mirror, notice our shirt is buttoned incorrectly, then just leave it and continue with our day. That would completely negate the purpose of the mirror.
Frankly, you and I had, in our lives, a great many things we were taking for granted before COVID-19 showed up. Every winter we took the latest flu epidemic in stride, as we traveled hither and yon and, though our economy has had its rough spots, kept getting stronger and stronger as the stock market kept going higher and higher. What does God have to say about these times? Well, let’s look further into Psalm 46.
Growing up in an Appalachian region, I frequently heard the term “out of kilter.” When someone is described as being out of kilter, something is wrong in their life. Kilter is defined as being in the proper state or condition. Thus, if we are out of kilter, something is wrong. As Christians, we are usuallyContinue reading “Are You “Out of Kilter?””
We often find it hard to pray in the tough times. Sometimes we don’t know the right words and are afraid we haven’t spent enough time in prayer against the virus and for others, as well as for ourselves.
Prayer. As Christians, it is something we practice, something we believe in, something that has great power. We pray because we know that God hears our prayers and wants to answer them. Prayer unlocks potential. Anyone who knows me, knows that I believe in and practice prayer. When someone asks me to pray for themContinue reading “Useless Prayers”
I read an article a few days ago profiling the reaction of the little town to one of their own having the coronavirus. At that point, against the governor of that state’s recommendations, that church was holding a physical worship service though taking some precautions. One woman there told an interviewer: “I feel like the Lord is going to protect us. He’s not going to let anything happen to us in church.”
I wear a mask. I don’t like them, they cause my glasses to fog up, they create issues with my hearing aids, they make it difficult to breathe. Legally I can claim a medical condition to exempt me. I’m not even sure how effective they are. So why do I wear one? In I Corinthians,Continue reading “Would Paul Wear a Mask?”
Poverty creates a sense of hopelessness whereby parents may feel forced to send their children away with a stranger who promises a better life, or where a young girl feels like she must turn to someone in the sex industry to make money, or where a man feels as if he must enter a country illegally in order to provide for his wife and children, or where a parent is unable to adequately care for a child who is then snatched up and sold to become a soldier.
It was like all of the proverbial hinges of the shallowness of the American Church industry were finally rusting and falling off. I was excited that, maybe… finally… my fellow Christians would realize that so much more hope and freedom lies beyond the door of these media-thirsty parody leaders.
A man turned around in a store and called my daughter a “bitch.”
It is troubling to think that we’ve blindly bought into this mentality so deeply that we actually believe a person wearing a face mask reveals their political persuasion, that we believe listening to science is somehow a betrayal of our faith, or that pursuing racial equality means we are not patriotic. We should feel embarrassed for what we allow ourselves to believe.
What would it look like if everyone chose to listen right now, instead of hiding in fear behind a shield of ignorance, obstinance, politics, and false Christianity?
Everyone is screaming, but no one is listening. We treat our individual knowledge as if it is the ultimate truth. Our perception of God becomes our god.
Jesus statues, police assassination plots, the continued exposure of racism among police, continued protests, and a spike in COVID-19 cases. As with everyone else trying to sort through these unfolding events, I have initial thoughts, responses, and reactions that form when anything changes. I also try to sort through everything from a Godly/Christian perspective.Continue reading “Remove Jesus Statues?”
Is the value of life Inherent or Imparted? Protests, marches, riots… It’s about race, but it’s also about something deeper than race. The true issue is at the core of our lifestyles, mindsets, and even our beliefs. Political and governmental organizations are not the only entities wrestling with the symptoms resulting from the core problemsContinue reading “The Value of a Life”
Dear Christians, There’s an event recorded in John 8 about a woman being brought before Jesus who was caught sleeping with a married man. She was brought to stand before Jesus in the Temple (likely still naked in order to shame her). The religious leaders and attorneys said that the law commanded she be stoned,Continue reading “Dear Christians”
Last night, I was pacing back and forth through my house as I often do when I’m trying to mentally sort through something. My wife, Kacie, and daughter, Alyson, asked me what was bothering me. I responded that a lot of what I was seeing in the news about the protests did not make anyContinue reading “The Message is Justice”
Officer: “Do you have a license and registration?” I was eighteen and driving to work from a church small group meeting. I was in Clermont, Indiana, one of the suburbs of Indianapolis. I was driving the speed limit and listening to the radio, when police lights suddenly flashed on behind me. I was confused, butContinue reading “Stay Angry: It is time for racism to die.”
How many times have you been sitting at work, only to realize that you don’t remember showering, dressing, and driving that morning? I have realized more recently how common it is to conduct daily routines without even remembering how they were accomplished. Due to so many changes in my regular schedule, I have been findingContinue reading “Refocus: The Second Table”
When any major event happens that seems out of our control, we try to find meaning. Any time there is a catastrophic hurricane, tornado, or tsunami, voices speak up trying to offer a reason why these things happened. It is part of the innate desire within us for meaning beyond what we can see. ManyContinue reading “Rest”
What does it mean to be a Christian? Part of it means the fulfillment of God’s command to “fill the earth and subdue it.” Paul writes in Ephesians that the purpose of our salvation, or our being “created in Christ Jesus,” is for the purpose of doing the good works that God has preparedContinue reading “Movement”
Only a short time ago, the Coronavirus seemed like a distant illness plaguing the opposite side of the world from the insulated life we live as Americans. Now it’s spread worldwide. Parts of New York City and many other cities across the U.S. are quarantined or closed, and many nations are restricting or banning travelContinue reading “Coronavirus: Justice & Control”
It’s confusing to me that people often associate rebellion with the rejection of Christianity or Christian morality. Maybe within their family or small circle of friends it could seem to them like rebellion, but what most people proudly exclaim as being independent or free is actually conformity to the most animalistic of instincts that shouldContinue reading “Enlightened Rebellion”
My amazing wife, Kacie, and I have been talking about several opportunities that have unexpectedly presented themselves over the last few weeks, and the transformative effects they could have on our lives. She is currently on a business trip to Dubai, so I decided to visit a new church. Since my last consulting position ofContinue reading “Good Works v Good Behavior”
One of the practices I wanted to change heading into the 2020s—other than my wife, Kacie, getting me hooked on watching Downton Abbey nearly every night (that show is amazing…and, yes, I’m still straight)—is committing to write more frequently about my theological observations as they present themselves in life’s everyday events. Enter: Gasparilla’s Sant’ YagoContinue reading “The Contrast: Send Them All to Hell?”
American Christians prefer a formulaic theology to one of relationship. Relationships take time, they take maintenance, they take deference… and, when it comes to a relationship with God… it requires submission.
I had a heated confrontation with a couple while shopping with my family yesterday. After my children walked past, the lady turned and said very loudly “I guess those kids really needed to rudely get past me!” I stopped. My wife and children kept walking. There are two things you should know about me: YouContinue reading “My Little Fight (Is God a Bad Dad?)”
There is a place in Lakeland, Florida, beside one of the lakes, that my children and I have always referred to as the Secret Hideout. My two sons regularly ask if we can go to the Secret Hideout for a while. We go there and throw rocks into the lake, play in the dirt, climbContinue reading “What the… Hail?!”
My six year old son, William, recently decided he was going to go on a ride of which he had always been scared in the past: Splash Mountain at Disney’s Magic Kingdom. He asked if we could watch the ride together first, and after a few minutes, he said he wanted to try it. I toldContinue reading “Are You Proud of Me, Dad?”
A conversation with my daughter, Alyson, sparked this post. She was talking to me about various issues going on in her life now that she’s a 16 year old in a college environment, and a lot of the interpersonal drama she sees playing out. We talked awhile about how to respond to people who gossip,Continue reading “The Long Game”
Sanctuary: A place of refuge or safety. A holy place; a temple or church. Language reveals much about who we are as people and the values we uphold. Recently, my wife, Kacie, and I visited St. Patrick’s Cathedral in New York City (and no, we are not Catholic). Setting aside the gaudiness of the statuesContinue reading “The Lost Sanctuary”
Last night, I couldn’t sleep. So, I turned on something I thought would bore me to sleep, The Bible miniseries that ran several years ago (turns out… it’s not as bad as I remember it). The problem is, I’m a theology student and get easily sucked into anything philosophical or religious. One scene that playedContinue reading “Allegiance”
If you wanted to become an Israelite in the Old Testament times (this was before the notion of a Jewish race), there was a ceremony that was meant to set males apart and designate them as part of the Israelite community: Circumcision. Bathing, physical training, and many other practices we now think of as privateContinue reading “Symbols: Circumcision, Baptism, & Phylacteries”
All throughout the years 2012-2016, it seemed like I was constantly surrounded by death. During that time, I sat with too many people I loved as they were dying. It’s much different than seeing the death of a bad person, a stranger, or even an acquaintance. Those moments caused me to think less of physicalContinue reading “Temporal”
There is no room for elitism in Christianity. White nationals, black panthers (the group, not the amazing Marvel movie), and similar groups have no place in Christians’ way of living. The tribal mentalities that cause us to group ourselves by ethnicity, orientation, title, education, or accomplishment, all disappear before God. I recently watched several interviewsContinue reading “Racial Elitism”
The world is evolving and change is inevitable. Technology is developing and changing as the future unfolds quickly. Another thing that is changing quickly: My generation. It seems like many adults just dismiss my generation as immature, unreliable, and incapable. Although this may be true in certain aspects of our lives or for certain individuals,Continue reading “Generational Mindsets”
Growing up in church and having been a part of churches with a wide range of views, I’ve heard the following verse quoted – and its meaning questioned – in many different settings regarding the taking of Communion: “Whoever, therefore, eats the bread or drinks the cup of the Lord in an unworthy manner willContinue reading “Unworthy”
“Pointing out the faults of others is often a tool to make us feel better about ourselves and mask our own imperfections. This often results in the harmful neglect of good things. We do live in an imperfect world, but we can rejoice in the fact that God accepts us all in our imperfection.”-Steven SonafrankContinue reading “I Am God”
I’ve been rereading the New Testament and, as always happens depending on life stage and circumstances, something stood out to me that previously had not: two similar statements made by Jesus when confronted by religious leaders. So, I decided to do a little digging… and here’s where it led. “Go and learn what this means,Continue reading “Mercy > Sacrifice”
I really worry about Christians who have a black and white answer for every issue that arises. Sure, there are many aspects of life which are directly addressed in Scripture as being right or wrong, but there are also many that are not neatly defined. Take the Rapture, for instance – just kidding that oneContinue reading “Gray Areas”
How often do our traditions get in the way of the things God has commanded us to do? Jesus uses a specific example in Scripture to address those who place a higher priority on tradition than on caring for others. Just to set the verse up a bit, at this time in history, parents wouldContinue reading “Rejecting God”
Recently, I read a Christian-based article talking about how God wants us to be crushed in order to make us new. Needless to say, this is an extremely false view of Christianity. I began thinking about how this mentality has come about and the many phrases that get uttered in order to sound hyper-spiritual. AnotherContinue reading “I am Whole.”
As happens far too often with well-meaning people, good things get messed up. Instruments that may be of a benefit to mankind (i.e., government, technology, or business) have a tendency to become agents of control. What was meant for the enrichment of life is used as a tool to deprive. Religion is no exception. WeContinue reading “Friends with Benefits”
Have you ever been in a situation where your view differed so drastically from the majority, or a leadership personality, that you felt as if you must be completely wrong? Perhaps, in that moment you felt the need to change a habit, mentality, or belief that has always been a part of your life, onlyContinue reading “Social Legalism”
Unless you’ve been in North Korea for the last few years, it’s likely that you’ve heard or read about some kind of gender-based social movement. More than likely, that social movement has the male gender or climate change as its central villain. While I often agree that an issue should be addressed, it’s very blindContinue reading “Toxic Culture”
Every Martin Luther King, Jr. day, I try to make time to educate my children in some way about the struggle for racial equality in America. This morning, we watched a documentary about Martin Luther King, Jr. and the time in which he lived. Although many even today would try to write him off dueContinue reading “Racism: Not in My House”
Last night I had a conversation with my two youngest children about moderation. Will, my youngest, asked to stop at McDonald’s last night on our way home. Anytime he is hungry, he asks to go to McDonald’s. We had a quick conversation about how some things are fine occasionally, but they become unhealthy in regularity.Continue reading “Fast Food. Technology. People. Moderation.”
There are many sects within Christianity who, rather than operating under the desire to follow the creative direction of a living God, are content to live by a new dead law. Often, folks with this mindset will try to create a false hypothetical narrative within Christianity in which A leads to B, and results inContinue reading “A Dead God?”
Anyone who knows me, knows I am obsessed with my children… and with being the best dad and friend I can be to them. Regardless of the amount of time they spend with me, I always want more. This year, I decided that a weekend near their birthday would be a full weekend of celebration.Continue reading “Kacie, Jesus, Doritos …and way too much vulnerability.”
Turning to science to answer the question “When does life begin?” is a completely ignorant expectation. If a medical doctor or scientist tries to prove/disprove the source of life or the supernatural/spiritual using scientific measures, then that person has completely stepped outside legitimacy and into his/her own personal belief. Likewise, it’s just as ridiculous forContinue reading “The “A” Word”
Scripture states that there is none righteous other than God. As soon as you create a doctrine of righteousness that is holiness based on external actions, rather than the imparted righteousness and holiness of God… then you have stepped outside of Christianity and created your own religion. Self-Righteous: convinced of one’s own righteousness especially in contrastContinue reading “Self-Righteous”
We like to believe what we know is constant. A large part of our thought processes historically, educationally, spiritually, and even scientifically are based on this assumption that what we observe now can be the basis of how things have always operated and will continue to operate in the future. There’s just one problem: everythingContinue reading “Evolutionary Continuity”
We like to think of ourselves as independent and unique, but the truth is: we are predictable and gravitate toward uniformity. Those who know me well have, at some point, heard me talk about observable patterns, they interest me. There are community patterns, cultural patterns, generational patterns, relationship patterns, and historically cyclical patterns to nameContinue reading “Jesus, Predictability, Social Experiments, Sex”
Let’s be honest, fellow USA’ers, we just don’t like to think that much. Television, sports, shopping, alcohol, marijuana all may be well and good in moderation (even the Bible commands the Israelites to get trashed occasionally), but in regularity they’re just mental escapes that distract us from exploring the deeper realms of life. I likeContinue reading “Judge”
We like to think of western culture as somehow enlightened, but how enlightened are a people who dehumanize those with whom they conflict? We like to think of ourselves as people of reason, but how intellectual is it to shout down those with whom we disagree or dislike? There have been many examples of thisContinue reading “Enlightened Regression”
Those of us who grew up in church have more than likely heard a message at some point about “producing fruit,” and what the speaker thinks “producing fruit” should look like. It usually is presented as a certain system of morality or church attendance that the person feels should be applied to all those whoContinue reading “Perpetual Error”
Recently, someone said to me: “Your capacity to forgive people who have completely screwed you over blows my mind.” It’s something I hadn’t really thought about that much. Not that I think I’ve somehow “arrived” as far as forgiveness and the receiving of forgiveness, but here are my thoughts on the topic:
If Christianity were to ever have a motto, it should be: “Christians: because we know we’re broken” After all, that’s where we state salvation begins, right? The basis of Christianity is our acknowledgement of our brokenness, or lostness, that results in an acceptance of a grace that only can be offered through Christ. Here’s whereContinue reading “Sorry, That’s Not Christianity”
How stupid are we? Seriously… as I was reading the news this morning, I just kept asking myself “Does anyone actually believe this stuff?” I’m not just talking about a single media outlet… they all profit through scaring or enraging people about how the world is going to end in the next five minutes, unlessContinue reading “How Stupid are We?”
One interesting behavior I’ve noticed increasingly, admittedly due to social media, is the tendency of the living to treat the deceased as perfect. It goes beyond respectful tribute to the point of near deification. A mother who was forgotten, an acquaintance who was ignored, a friend left in the shadows of life, a father/husband whoContinue reading “Deification of the Deceased”
“Jesus said to them, ‘Is this not the reason you are wrong, because you know neither the Scriptures nor the power of God?’” -Mark 12:24 Jesus uses this question to challenge a religious sect who desired to trap him with a question about life after death. I can’t help but think that Jesus would respondContinue reading “Scriptures and Power”
What if everything suddenly changes? What if the friend, business, income, family, church or other sense of “home” you’ve relied on for so long is no longer present? What if you can never recover from the changes? We allow ourselves to be in a cage of our own making from a fear of what theContinue reading “The Unknown”
“All this is from God, who through Christ reconciled us to himself and gave us the ministry of reconciliation; that is, in Christ God was reconciling the world to himself, not counting their trespasses against them, and entrusting to us the message of reconciliation.” -2 Corinthians 5:18-19 Reconciliation: Given that it is our most clearlyContinue reading “I Am Sodom.”
I can’t handle it. All of this hyper-inflated drama about men who put on tight pants and run around bumping into each other just demonstrates one thing: There are too many bored Americans wasting their time, energy, and money on something that doesn’t even matter: Football.
Americans have an identity problem. American Churches and Christians are no exception. We’ve largely forgotten who we are, instead, finding our worth in possessions, status, image, programs, numbers, and many other measurable achievements. Our thinking, whether consciously or subconsciously, goes something like this: “If I [fill in the blank with possessions or achievements], then IContinue reading “The Fixed Union”
This morning began my first non-tragedy related vacation in 4 years. I chose to worship at the church of a friend and her husband. It was so encouraging to be able to celebrate in worship with people and not have any responsibility. My Grandmother, Father-in-Law, Mother, Grandfather, Step-mom… all passed away in the last fiveContinue reading “Still Standing”
A song we sing at Legacy declares: “In all my weaknesses, You are my confidence.” Confidence. It’s something everyone wants, but finds it difficult to achieve: a confidence that permeates every situation. Everything in our lives is constantly moving… changing. There are so many times in life when it seems like you just want somethingContinue reading “Confidence.”
“Do we make God our first priority?” is a question I’ve heard many times growing up in church. As Westerners, we like things to be in order and make logical sense, we make lists. We try to reason out that God is the most important thing in our lives if we begin every day withContinue reading “Don’t Put God First”
Taken from the “Not a Slave” devotional series at Legacy Christian Church. “For the joy set before him he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.” -Hebrews 12:2 We see the first example of shame being experienced in the Garden of Eden. When AdamContinue reading “Not a Slave to Shame”
Does our doubt bother God? I don’t think so, no. Some of the greatest figures in Scripture had moments of doubt as they encountered seemingly insurmountable difficulties, when believing God’s promises. Recorded in Genesis is God calling Abraham to leave his culture, his nation, and abandon his polytheistic religion in the pursuit of the TrueContinue reading “Doubt God.”