My personal mantra comes from 1 Corinthians 9:22. In my own life I am many things to many different people so that some might be saved. In 1 Corinthians 9, Paul explains that when he was with the Jews he observed the Jewish law even though he was no longer under the law. He says… Continue reading Birds of a Feather
It can be difficult and frustrating to navigate our faith while being a part of a family where everyone is not on the same page of the Bible or maybe they're not in the book at all. In John 7 Jesus' brothers encourage him to go to Judea to the Jewish Festival. They told him to perform… Continue reading Stick to the Plan
Being a Christian means you believe that Jesus is Lord and you believe God raised him from the dead. Being a good Christian, on the other hand, means so much more. If you've spent any time around the church, you have surely heard all the different rules and regulations for being Christian. Some of these rules are… Continue reading Love Rules.
"The Bible says not to judge" is a favorite response from people who do things they know are wrong. Anyone who has actually read the Bible (Matthew 7:1) knows that this is not a correct quote. After all, there are plenty of places in the gospels where Jesus told people about themselves. "Hypocrites!" "Brood of… Continue reading Judge Much?
Jesus often spoke in parables to help people understand the principles of God's kingdom. He also spoke in parables to expose those who were hardened and would not listen. Mark 4:1-20, contains a passage called "The Parable of the Sower." In this parable, Jesus teaches the people that they need to do two things: stay… Continue reading Grounded and On Guard
I'm not sure where the notion came from, but many people are under the impression that Christian life is supposed to be void of all trouble and disappointment. There is nothing in the Bible that supports this. In fact, Jesus made it clear that Christian life is hard. Contextually, living for Jesus is compressed and… Continue reading The Sweet Spot
Jesus replied, "My mother and my brothers are those who hear God's word and obey it." - Luke 8:21 NLT Let's face it. No family is perfect. Not the Obamas, the Bush family, the Kennedys, nor yours. Families are made of imperfect people that did not choose one another. Parents choose to have children, but… Continue reading Who Are Your People?
Does the Bible contradict itself? 1 Corinthians 6:10 says that drunkards are going to hell, but in John 2, Jesus turned water into wine at a wedding. Was Jesus setting people up to fail? He said in Matthew 15:11 that what we eat and drink don't matter. So...why can't we just eat and drink what we want? Unlike… Continue reading Saints and Summer Cocktails