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

Think About It…

“Someone once said that ‘a community is where the person you like least always is.’ When you think about it, the early church was comprised of individuals, Jews and Gentiles, that despised each other. Yet they found themselves in the same fellowship purely because of the cross. But in the American church, we want to […]

Think About It…

“It is better to be divided by truth than united in error. It is better to speak truth that hurts and then heals than to speak a lie. It is better to be hated for telling the truth than to be loved for telling a lie. It is better to stand alone with truth than […]

Think About It…

“Real Christian unity isn’t driven by ‘sameness’. You know…‘we all like the same stuff, we all like the same color, we all wear the same clothes, we all watch the same movies, we all have the same politics’. That’s not us…because anybody can be united when they agree on everything. Our unity is based on […]

Think About It…

“When the Bible says ‘be filled with the Spirit’, what does that mean? The Holy Spirit isn’t some liquid…and you’re not a jug for Him to fill. That’s not the idea. You are a temple, and the Holy Spirit is a person. To be filled with the Spirit means that He has the key to […]

Think About It…

Christians who fail tend to avoid other Christians…especially when they are feeling bad and guilty in the midst of their failure. It’s sad to see this dynamic of the law happen in the church and then see the opposite happen in Twelve Step groups. In these recovery groups, people are taught that the very first […]

Think About It…

“It is not the busy skimming over religious books, or the careless hastening through religious duties, which makes for a strong Christian faith. Rather, it is unhurried meditation on gospel truths and the exposing of our minds to these truths that yields the fruit of sanctified character.” – Maurice Roberts

Think About It…

“I think we’ve gotten so used to the magnificence and beauty of the world around us, that we’ve forgotten that God made all of it. Literally. Everything is a figment of His imagination, created out of love…for you and me.” ~ Caralyn (author of Beauty Beyond Bones blog)