We refuse to forgive other people because we don’t understand the gravity of our own sin, don’t grasp the holiness of God, and don’t understand forgiveness ourselves....Keep Reading
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Whether it is season of life or just life in general, I seem to consistently feel as though my bandwidth is tapped. Even as we have grown as a church and hired more staff, life is always more than enough to keep us busy. This is, in large part, why I wrote my articles over the summer about busyness and rest. I was, predominantly, writing to myself - trying to keep my own brain focused and in tune with truth. ...
At the beginning of September was my dad’s 75th birthday and at the end of August was my 37th. It just so happened, that right as these birthdays were happening, and summer was winding down, I read Psalm 90. I don’t have the space to copy it all here, but I would encourage you to go and read it on the internet so you can get a sense of it. In Psalm 90, the Psalmist, in this case Moses, draws a stark contrast between God and man, specifically in the nature of time. ...
“But Pastor, we are married in the eyes of God.” Over the years, I have heard this argument used to justify not getting legally married so that someone could keep their health benefits or even finagle the system to still receive assistance from an ex. I have heard young, dating, couples use it to explain why it is okay that they are sleeping together even though they both still live with their separate parents. ...
This past week, I received a question from someone with a heavy heart. During the years of his life, he has, at times, walked with God and at other times walked away from God. During a period of his life when he was preoccupied with other things, he had a friend who was suffering and on a self-destructive path. Being engrossed in life, he didn’t do all that he could do t...Keep Reading
How do I forgive someone who is not sorry -- and, in fact, may even despise me and take delight in harming me?...Keep Reading
The Jewish Passover is the most important holiday of the year. It commemorates when God rescued his people, the Israelites, from slavery in Egypt. Many people know some version of the story because of various hollywood renditions - God's people were trapped in slavery in Egypt, oppressed and forced to perform hard labor. After 400 years, God began a rescue mission to bring...Keep Reading
The other day, someone asked me, "I want to come back to God, but I have done some really bad things. What if I don't deserve to come back to God?" Religion propagates a lie: you come to God based upon your own merit. At face value, that might seem like a completely reasonable statement. After all, isn't that what most people believe? This is why people say things like, ...Keep Reading