Judgment

We can receive wisdom from some unexpected sources. One of the most insightful statements I ever heard was made to me by a young, suicidal teenager talking about the people around her in her life. She said, “There is a glass between us, and their side is a mirror.” Her “parable” describes beautifully a phenomenon […]

Forgiveness

Forgiveness, often misunderstood in a variety of ways, is an extremely important element of our relationship with Jesus. It was important enough that Jesus gave forgiveness a prominent position in teaching the disciples how to pray. It is a topic of much discussion between Jesus and His disciples, and between Jesus and the Father, even […]

Satan’s Candy Store

Satan offers us brightly wrapped candy, very appealing to the eye and enticing in what he purports that it provides us. If we buy it and eat it, we will taste sweetness – but just for a moment. The candy then turns bitter in our mouths and the bitterness is so awful, we become desperate […]

Suffering

It is difficult to have a conversation about suffering. We prefer avoiding such discussions, for fear of hurting someone’s feelings or being accused of being judgmental. In this age where our culture has adopted a secular humanistic view, even in Christianity, whatever someone is “feeling” is good and right and true, and we are not […]

Before the Throne

How do you imagine it will be when you stand before the Throne of God in the Kingdom of Heaven?   We will give an account, Scripture tells us (Matthew 12:36, Romans 14:12, Hebrews 4:13, I Peter 4:5) and everything will be laid bare.  So do you imagine yourself standing before God with eyes downcast, […]

Do We Love the Truth?

To love the truth is to love Jesus, because Jesus is the truth (John 14:6).  Yet, we claim that we love Jesus while we turn our backs on the truth in exchange for such things as acceptance from others, safety and ease for ourselves, and self-justification for our own lie-based feelings.  So do we actually […]

Circle of Life

The interaction of freedom, choice, and responsibility, which are intertwined and interdependent, is what I call the “circle of life.”  God’s Kingdom rests on these three elements.  “Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom.” (II Corinthians 3:17) “It is for freedom that Christ has set us free.” (Galatians […]

Covenants

The covenants of the Old Testament – between God and Noah, between God and Abraham, between God and the people of Israel through Moses, and between God and David – are all reflections of what we call the New Covenant – between all of humanity and Jesus. The first covenant was God’s promise to start […]

Change vs Homeostasis

Human beings seek homeostasis and resist change.  Homeostasis feels easy, comfortable, familiar, and secure, and we like to feel those things.  We prefer those feelings over the alternatives – difficulty, discomfort, unfamiliarity, and risk.  The problem with this choice is that homeostasis is the enemy’s purview.  Change is a constant in the realm of God.  […]