Many of us have tried a whack-a-mole approach to life. We spent our effort focused on tamping down sin. Anytime a sin would raise its ugly head--which is quite often--we would work to smash it back down below the surface. The problem is that the whack-a-mole technique is [...]
Shepherds had a dirty job. That’s because sheep are dirty. Therefore, so are the shepherds. Not only that, but shepherds had to live away from town, away from other people. Their job prevented them from attending religious services, social events or meetings. They weren’t respected or included. Their job made them virtual outcasts. [...]
My first thought when someone mentions God is often that of a cosmic ruler, someone evaluating my life while keeping the universe in motion. Not good. I have to remind myself that is not the image Jesus brought us. But it is my default setting.
Freedom is central to our redemption. Guard it. Protect it. If you lose your freedom in Christ, you begin to lose your joy in living and your love for the Lord. Freedom is a big deal. Not everyone will celebrate your freedom in Christ. Rest assured, freedom irritates a lot of Christians. But freedom is still worth it.
But aren’t we supposed to believe in ourselves? Isn’t that healthy? No, absolutely not. Mixing faith in Jesus with faith in yourself will get you tangled up. You get snarled every time.
We have misinterpreted the word “flesh” in the Bible. Flesh does not mean bad actions or wrong desires, what we call “sin.” It means human effort. That’s a game changer.
Is your stomach growling? No, not your biological stomach, your spiritual stomach. Are you hungry for something spiritually? I’m through hungering for righteousness. This is not a misprint.
God is not confined by any of our human organizations. He goes wherever he wants. He does some amazing things in places you wouldn’t expect. The Jews made the mistake of thinking God only operated within their framework. And one time in the synagogue…Jesus blew up their box.