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
For years I’ve obsessively cracked my knuckles. I hate the habit. I’ve tried everything to stop—from paying my kids a certain amount for each time (which they loved) to popping my wrists with rubber bands to hypnosis via audio recording. Nothing worked. Continue reading A Secret to Forming the Habit of Giving Thanks
In the book Blue Like Jazz, Donald Miller tells the story of a terrible evangelistic idea that turned out surprisingly well. The setting: Reed University, a private liberal arts college in Portland where Miller and his ragtag band of Christian friends met. One day he jokingly suggested that they build a confession booth to reach the lost on campus—a booth where students would come and confess their sins. His friends took him seriously.
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
The following “daily dozen” were the personal creed of Robert Louis Stevenson, the famed 19th century Scottish novelist and poet. An atheist, he unintentionally used Biblical truths as his major life principles. I’ve added Scriptures below each principle. Continue reading 12 Practical Principles for Daily Living
Ecclesiastes frees us to hold life like a bird. In my golf days, I was told by an instructor to, “Hold the club like a bird. Not so loose that it flies away, but not so tight that it dies.” If you hold a golf club too loosely, it could fly into a lake! If you put a death-grip on it, you’ll “pull” your shots inward, way off target. Continue reading Hold Life Like a Bird
Underdressing is such an awkward topic. It makes men feel stuck and women feel picked on. I can’t tell a woman “Your outfit is tempting me to lust.” I’d sound like a pervert! Then women feel picked on because underdressing sermons are mainly directed at them. It doesn’t seem fair, does it? Men don’t want to be so susceptible to lust and women don’t want to be held so responsible for enticing us. We all feel the unfairness and awkwardness here, so let’s just accept it and do our best to work together to help each other out. Continue reading Underdressing – This is Awkward…