False Reality and the Glory of God

This is an old Facebook note that I wrote several years back. I edited it a bit (it was sloppy) and think its just as important to talk about today: Well the idea of what the glory of God means has popped up in my mind the last few days. Not just in the sense that I have come to the conclusion that God is glorious, but that we must remind ourselves and others of that when we sin. God’s glory and how that plays Continue reading →

That Gift Is Not For You

We talk about “gifted” people in this world typically in the sphere of athletics and entertainment. The gifts of these people has propelled them to the top of their respective profession. Like most often-used terms, rarely do we stop to think about what the term is actually saying. To have a gift is to possess something that you did not earn or work for in some inherent point. Now, this does not mean we cannot refine our gifts to increase their value. But at their Continue reading →

A Letter from the “Other” Woman

The following letter is the Prologue from Torn Asunder: Recovering from an Extramarital Affair (FYI don’t let the title cause you to wonder why I am reading it, this is a pastoral issue that I want to be well prepared for). It struck me just how dangerous and destructive our relationships can be without boundaries. I hope Pastors, laypeople, and anyone with an eye for ministry takes heed of this. Note that this woman was not insidious – she desired to see kids love the Lord! Continue reading →

the benefit of hunger

No, I’m not talking about physical starvation. I try to avoid utter callousness to significant global issues in the world. Matthew 5:6 really dug deep into me this morning as I was spending time in prayer. I was running through a list of things to be thankful for that show how the Lord has been moving throughout my life (a really important exercise to do for the health of one’s soul) over the years. As I came down the list, venturing closer and closer to Continue reading →

Is freedom really free?

What is freedom? That seems to be a big question that we rarely discuss. As a “free” nation we trumpet this word as if everyone is speaking about the same thing. However, we can see in John 8:31-47 that Jesus speaks about one freedom that the Jews did not understand. In fact, Jesus makes it really clear that to choose freely to go against God denies the very freedom that you claim to seek. We must be careful within Christianity to support a Biblical freedom – Continue reading →

The Trinity is Foundational

Is the Trinity just an add on to you? Many people say that it is just scholarly gobbly-gook. The problem with that is a few simple verses that the Bible is very clear in. Deut. 5:7 – “You shall have no other Gods before me” Deut. 6:4 – “The Lord our God, the Lord is one” Deut. 13:1-5 – “If a prophet or a dreamer of dreams arises among you and gives you a sign or a wonder, 2 and the sign or the wonder Continue reading →

Be a Good Gardener

Psalm 37 “1 Do not fret because of evildoers, Be not envious toward wrongdoers. 2 For they will wither quickly like the grass And fade like the green herb. 3 Trust in the Lord and do good; Dwell in the land and cultivate faithfulness. 4 Delight yourself in the Lord; And He will give you the desires of your heart. 5 Commit your way to the Lord, Trust also in Him, and He will do it. 6 He will bring forth your righteousness as the light And your judgment as the noonday.” We all cultivate something in our lives. Everyone has Continue reading →

What do you long for?

“All these died in faith without having received the promises, but having seen them and welcomed them from afar, and having acknowledged that they were strangers and exiles on the earth. People who say such things make it clear that they are seeking for a homeland. If they had thought about the place from which they went out they would have had the opportunity to return. As it is, they longed for a better country – that is a heavenly one. Therefore, God is not Continue reading →

Digging up the past

Well, in the scope of history the article below by Alan Jacobs is not from the distant past. Some may argue that events from 2009 are still considered current (ancient historians, take a bow). It originates from the Wall Street Journal. My reason for posting it here is threefold. 1) Posting it here saves it from the inevitable erasure that it occur in the not too distant future. 2) I know that I typically like to stay on one page due to my laziness, and I Continue reading →

Who is Richard Wurmbrand?

This past week I have been reading (slowly) through the most recent edition of Christian History Magazine. This edition features the topic of martyrs in the modern day. One story in particular focuses on a man, Richard Wurmbrand, who grew up an atheist (you know they’re legit when they have a wiki page). This Jewish man was converted to Christianity in young adulthood, after having met a Christian man who had been praying for an opportunity to share the gospel with a Jewish person before Continue reading →