The Freedom of a Life without Law

Romans 8:2 – “For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has set you free from the law of sin and death.”

There’s nothing more freeing than a life without law!   Continue reading The Freedom of a Life without Law

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?

4 Ways Christians Abuse God’s Grace

When I was a teenager, Terry the pest control man came once a month to spray my parents’ house. We often talked about the Bible. In one conversation I asked him, “What if I murdered lots of people. Would I still be saved?” “Yes.” 

Dumbfounded, I said nothing. How could God tolerate such blatant abuse of His grace? Doesn’t God’s grace demand our obedience? 

A more important question is this: Do I abuse God’s grace and expect it to continue? I’m afraid sometimes I do. You probably do too. Here are four ways we abuse God’s grace. Continue reading 4 Ways Christians Abuse God’s Grace

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