Are You in a Relationship Standoff?

Have you seen the insta-famous black car vs. silver car standoff?  Last week, a black car in Los Angeles drove past a parking spot to parallel park.  As he (or she?) put it in reverse, a silver car tried to pull in the spot from behind.  It was on!  Continue reading Are You in a Relationship Standoff?

When we Confuse the Created for the Creator, we Create Corruption

Celine Dion helps us understand Romans 1:25.  “For they exchanged the truth of God for a lie, and worshipped and served the creature rather than the Creator, who is blessed forever.  Amen.” 

That’s hard for me to admit because I love her music, but “my heart will go on,” and I hope yours will too.  Continue reading When we Confuse the Created for the Creator, we Create Corruption

3 Things Every Child Needs to Hear

“Fathers, do not exasperate your children, so that they will not lose heart.”

Colossians 3:21

Many adult problems stem from unresolved childhood trauma.  When I say that, two things happen.  1) Parents rush to defend themselves: “I did the best I could!  My children never wanted for anything!  They had it so much better than other kids!”  2) Adults rush to defend their parents:  “They did the best they could!  We never wanted for anything!  We had it so much better than other kids!”  

Let’s all take a deep breath.   Continue reading 3 Things Every Child Needs to Hear

Pray to Connect

It’s easy to forget prayer’s purpose.  If we’re not careful, we can turn prayer into a genie session where our wish is God’s command, a therapy session where our goal is simply to feel better, or a list of empty phrases on repeat.  In the Psalms, prayer’s purpose was to connect with God.  Continue reading Pray to Connect

You Can’t Handle 2019

I love a new year!  It’s a time of hope, fresh starts, renewed focus and determination.  But sadly, most new year’s resolutions are rooted in self.  They’re all about how I will change my life with my new sense of self-sufficiency and inner strength.  The truth is, you can’t handle 2019.  I can’t handle 2019.  We’re too weak and needy to handle it on our own.  Continue reading You Can’t Handle 2019

Water – God’s Dividing Line

It’s fascinating how God uses water in Scripture as a dividing line between bad and good.  In the days of Noah, the earth was filled with violence.  God promised, “Behold, I, even I am bringing the flood of water upon the earth, to destroy all flesh in which is the breath of life…” (Gen. 6:13).  God used water to wipe away the sinfulness of the earth and start fresh.  It was the dividing line between corruption and cleansing, between old sinful life and a new beginning.  Continue reading Water – God’s Dividing Line

The Chain of Authority

Authority is the power to give commands and expect obedience.  There are 3 links in the chain of authority in Scripture:  God (Father, Son, and Holy Spirit), prophets and apostles, the Bible.  Pretty simple!  When Pharaoh asked, “Who is the LORD that I should obey Him?” (Exodus 5:4) he found out real quick!  As Creator, God has the power to give commands and expect obedience.  “Whatever I command you, you shall be careful to do; you shall not add to nor take away from it.” (Deut. 12:32).  Continue reading The Chain of Authority