Love/Worship Songs

Think with me for a moment… Love songs tell of the glory of the loved and the response of the lover. They highlight the value of the person being loved and the commitment and actions of the one who’s offering their love in return. In a way, then, “worship songs” are like love songs to […]

Many Afflictions

If God is “for me”, why should I have afflictions at all, much less ‘many’ of them? “Many are the afflictions of the righteous, but the Lord delivers him out them all.” -Psalm 34:19 Yesterday’s post was a reminder that for all of those who are “in Christ”, God is FOR them and on their […]

The Eyes of the Lord (2)

Ever wonder if God is on your side? “The eyes of the Lord are toward the righteous and His ears toward their cry.” -Psalm 34:15 (ESV) The GREAT news of the Gospel is that in Christ, our righteousness depends not on our performance but His, not on our worthiness but His alone. Therefore, this passage […]

Eight Weeks

His heart is beating…but he cannot breathe on his own. Only his life support tube keeps him functioning.

His heart is beating, but he can do nothing but lie there, draining the resources of his caregiver.

His heart is beating, but he is causing great stress to his family, for whom it would be so much easier to pull the plug…

The “Achievable” Exchange

To the young and the young-at-heart: It is a sad and subtle thing to exchange big dreams for achievable goals, and to do so often results in a life that finds its hope and answers in list-based follow-through, rather than life-giving faith. Beware the shrinking of your horizons and do not too quickly surrender the […]

Jesus in a Corner

What happens when you try to back Jesus into a corner? He won’t let you. (Read Mark 12:27-33 as the chief priests and scribes have their plan backfire.) Jesus will not be put on trial or made to answer charges brought against Him or questions as to His right to act as He pleases. Do […]

Like a Person

As a customer, do you ever feel “processed”? I avoid long lines at Starbucks (and other places) because I don’t want to be processed as part of a batch. I want to be treated like a person. Here’s a question I’m forced to ask myself, though. What about when the tables are turned? Do others […]

The Prayer of a Leader

If I am a leader, how should I pray? “[Jesus] said to them, ‘The kings of the Gentiles exercise lordship over them, and those in authority over them are called benefactors. But not so with you. Rather, let the greatest among you become as the youngest, and the leader as one who serves. For who […]

Clean/Unclean

Ever feel “unclean” in some area of your life?

Mark 5:21-43 tells two poignant stories from the life of Jesus. One is of a woman who had bled for twelve years and had reached the end of her hope. The other is of a girl who had lived for twelve years and reached the end of her life. Both women are tragic cases. Both are in desperate need. Both are in states where anyone touching them becomes unclean… BUT…

1 Corinthians 6:9-11

Who inherits the Kingdom of God? Not thieves, nor swindlers, slanderers nor the sexually immoral, not sinners of any kind.  These shall not -indeed, cannot- enter the Kingdom of God. This is a problem, because in one way or another, according to the Bible I’m guilty, and so are you. One of the reasons these […]