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