I, I am he who blots out your transgressions for my own sake, and I will not remember your sins.
God forgives our sins at his own good pleasure for his own reasons. We can’t earn it, force it, or defeat it. 1
- John 10:29 ↩
What comforting words from the mouth of our Lord. To think that God himself “delights” to give us the kingdom!
Tom Yeakley nails it. The church today seems to have lost its way. Not only is it easy to find outright false teachers masquerading as preachers of a prosperity gospel, the ones who deride them often turn around and preach a happiness gospel. Others preach a “we gotta change them gospel.” None of those are any good. Christ didn’t call us to be rich, happy, or to change others. Continue reading
While our office was celebrating Halloween, someone had this decoration laying in the floor. Every time I walked past it I thought, “There I am. That was me.” I finally took a picture of it when the decorations were about to come down so I would remember it. Continue reading
Jared Wilson at the Gospel Coalition writes that:
any time any human being is dealing with utter emptiness and lack of fulfillment in life, it is the result of the God-embedded message in them that they need him.
This article talks about how compartmentalizing our lives leads to a loss of our spiritual selves. It also reinforces a theme I see again and again. As humans when we leave God out of our lives, or ignore his express directives, we inevitably get it wrong. The Bible is full of stories that illustrate this point. For instance when Samuel informs Saul, “to obey is better than to sacrifice” (1 SAM 15:22 CSB).
Feeling frustrated, convicted, or general dissatisfaction with things? Consider reading the above article.
Wonderful to see so many people waiting in the 18° weather to begin a few days of praise, prayer, and teaching.
I don’t normally rant about things and hopefully this doesn’t come across as one but sometimes enough is enough!
So God created man in His own image; He created him in the image of God; He created them male and female. Genesis 1:27
Growing up I never thought it would be like this. I feel as though I have a front row seat in the Coliseum where Western Civilization is being ripped and torn apart. All the while the crowd goes wild, cheering it on, laughing to each other. As history unfolds, I want to grab people and shout, “Why can’t you see what is happening?!?!”
How does this relate with Genesis 1:27? Continue reading
While out camping for a week my family couldn’t help but notice so many nice RVs. There were many travel trailers and motor-homes much nicer than the one we were in.
It was a wonderful opportunity to talk to the children about both being thankful and to remind them that our possessions don’t go with us.
I pursued the world for years. I thought the world had it right. Get enough money, success, respect or whatever and you can consider yourself to have made it. But anything built on the wrong foundation is worthless. Continue reading
It is so pleasant to get away from the busyness that distracts us from the truly important. I have been sitting under an awning looking at these trees for over an hour. I’ve been listening to what must be the lightest rain I’ve experienced tap on the awning.
The sound competes with the squirrel I see scolding some unseen nemesis. Continue reading