You Don’t Have To Be A Dog… or A Pig

Don’t be a dog. Nor a pig. “A dog goes back to its own vomit” and “A scrubbed-up pig heads for the mud.” (2 Peter 2:22) Peter wrote this in a letter to warn people of false teachers who were misguiding people away from truth. He was talking about how some people will hear theContinue reading “You Don’t Have To Be A Dog… or A Pig”

Marriage or christ?

I have been pondering the question: “Which is more important if one had to choose: a ‘happy’ marriage without Christ or a broken marriage that has driven one closer to Christ?” The answer affects eternity. We have faith and pray for miracles on earth but ultimately what is essential to our soul? The most graciousContinue reading “Marriage or christ?”

Be Who You Are

So many of us cavalierly gloss over what God has done and zero in on what we’re to do, and that shift, though it might seem slight, makes all the difference in the world. Our obedience has its origin in God’s prior action, and forgetting that truth results in self-righteousness, pride, and despair. Read… BeContinue reading “Be Who You Are”

Your Prayers Not Heard?

What if it feels like God isn’t hearing our prayers? These are some possible hindrances to prayer. They will challenge you. They certainly challenged me. “Confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The earnest prayer of a righteous person has great power and produces wonderfulContinue reading “Your Prayers Not Heard?”

Solitude Is a Furnace

“Solitude is the furnace of transformation. Without solitude we remain victims of our society and continue to be entangled in the illusions of the false self. Jesus himself entered into this furnace. There he was tempted with the three compulsions of the world: to be relevant (‘turn stones into loaves’), to be spectacular (‘throw yourselfContinue reading “Solitude Is a Furnace”

What Is True Christian Maturity?

“Christian maturity is not a matter of doing more for God; it is God doing more in and through us. Immaturity is noisy with anxiety-fueled self-importance. Maturity is quietly content to pursue a life of obedient humility. Christian worship is an intentional act of redressing the proportions, the priorities–from me work for God to GodContinue reading “What Is True Christian Maturity?”

Too Crusty For Christmas? (My Christmas Wish)

Stop and really ponder this one. Christmas. When the Creator comes from his throne on high… down to us… in a barn. May we recognize how holy God is, yet that He humbled himself, chose to be born in a barn, laid in an animal’s feeding trough in order to meet us in our messes,Continue reading “Too Crusty For Christmas? (My Christmas Wish)”

Your Future Is Determined By One Thing

“People who have a seeking heart still makes mistakes. But their reaction to rebuke and correction shows the condition of that heart. It determines what God is able to do with them in the future.” King Asa once led a whole nation in seeking God but became a coldhearted oppressor of his nation. A prophetContinue reading “Your Future Is Determined By One Thing”