Paul is writing here to the church he himself started in Galatia – and he’s not happy!! Historically, it is not certain if this was written from Ephesus one year after Paul started this church, or from Corinth, approximately three years removed. It is probably from Corinth, three years after Paul left the Galatians to […]Read More Jesus…Plus??
The ultimate, true hope we place in Christ. The hope of life in eternity with Him. Through all the victories and tragedies, ups and downs, this is where we place our hope in through it all. The hope we have that through all the unfairness of life, when it seems so hopeless and pointless […]Read More Who condemns who??
From the book of John, I heard someone recently refer to this as the “recovery gospel.” So I’m going to get into this and find out what he means by that. Already, I’m getting in over my head here in chapter 3, but I’m gonna do it anyway. Now there was a man of […]Read More The Wind Blows Where it Wishes
From Paul’s journey to Rome. When I read this, it seemed like a strange story to me. So I did some quick research, and there is a lot to this short passage. After we were brought safely through, we then learned that the island was called Malta. How did they know they were […]Read More From a Murderer to a God!
The story of Joseph is a long, winding story that brings us from chapter 37 all the way here to chapter 50, after his father Jacob has died. Short version is – Joseph’s brothers were jealous of him, both for his big dreams and his fathers love. So, they first conspired to kill him, […]Read More What They Deserve
Step 1 from page 59 the AA Big Book reads – “We admitted we were powerless over alcohol – that our lives had become unmanageable.” Step 1 in the Celebrate Recovery ministry I am involved in reads – “We admitted we were powerless over our addictions and compulsive behaviors, that our lives had […]Read More Step 1 Revisited
Happy Friday!! I had my own idea this of what to write about, but God intervened and this showed up in one of my reading plans. What a great piece from Romans. What a great reminder for a Friday morning!! Owe no one anything, except to love each other, for the one who loves […]Read More The Revolution
From the Gospel of John. Gospel simply mean “Good News”, and John presents that Good News in a way unlike the other Gospel writers. They were more historical in their writings, and in many ways Matthew, Luke and Mark are similar. John is an artist, taking “artistic license” and rearranging the order of things […]Read More Behold, the Lamb of God
So, this is in response to a conversation last night regarding whether foul language by Christians is acceptable before God. To be honest, I know most people go straight to the 2nd commandment, but to me, that just rules out the GD of the curse world. Doesn’t do anything for what I would call the […]Read More The Words We Use
A capital crime of picking up sticks. This certainly seems harsh to us today. Seems harsh to me. But then again, I’ve had the advantage of being on this side of Gods progressive revelation. I have the advantage of knowing that we serve a God who desires mercy, not sacrifice. I’ve also had […]Read More Pick-Up Sticks