The Value of Privacy

“Today value is increasingly measured by publicity, not privacy, and we are losing sight of the truth that genuine intimacy requires secrecy. This cultural desire to be seen makes us approve Jesus’ call to, ‘Let your light shine before others’… …but we forget that in the same sermon Jesus said, ‘Beware of practicing your righteousness […]

Show Them Through Our Love…

“Marilynne Robinson has observed, ‘The word Christian now is seen less as identifying an ethic, and more as identifying a demographic.’ In other words, being a Christian in our society is more about what you buy and how you vote, rather than how you care for people. Rather than showing the world our faith through […]

No Fruit, No Root…

“We tend to think of self-control as a strictly human enterprise, but Scripture describes self-control as a product of being connected to God. It’s something that grows when your life is rooted in divine reality. In fact, if it’s missing, your faith may be a ruse. No fruit, no root.” ~ Drew Dyck

That False Gospel…

“Oh, how we should hate the prosperity gospel and it’s promise of worldly wealth over and above Jesus! That false gospel insults God as second-rate, a useful steppingstone toward a better job or a bigger house. The prosperity gospel also robs us, taking our hearts away from the only joy we were created for – […]

All About Ourselves…

“The temptation of the devil was (and is) this: ‘Don’t risk yourself on God. Trust your own instincts. Live from within yourself. You need to take control, because you cannot trust God.’ Adam fell for this temptation. As a result, we are now born bent in on ourselves. It feels normal to rest our hopes […]

God’s Family…

“Belonging to God’s family is not simply a matter of birth or ancestry as many Jews at the time believed. They claimed the name of God for themselves but often failed to display his character. The two, however, are inseparable. Those who are truly God’s children and bear his name, Jesus says, are those who […]

Upside Down…

“God seems to take pleasure in subverting the hierarchies of the world. In God’s economy, servants are the leaders, the meek inherit the earth, the poor are blessed, enemies are loved, the humble are exalted, the foolish things shame the wise, those who seek their lives lose them, and those who finish last hoist the […]

Woke Minds Lament Sin…

“Woke minds require sober thinking, and sober thinking leads us to lament sin’s devastation. The concept of lament is not popular. We’re not comfortable with it. We like to rush quickly to our praises and hallelujahs. But God’s Word encourages and allows us to take time to grieve.” ~ Eric Mason

Not A Playful Word..

“Today ‘sin’ is a playful word, associated with decadent desserts and lingerie ads. We see the word ‘sin’ and imagine someone sampling a menu of forbidden delights. Don’t be thrown by that connotation. Instead, think of being pistol-whipped by increasingly destructive patterns of behavior, ones that ultimately lead to your demise. That’s what the Bible […]