The parable of the Good Samaritan, a story so powerful the we still us the term “Good Samaritan” to describe someone who goes out of their way to help another, expecting nothing in return. 2000 years later, this story still inspires to us to become better people. But, as with so many if Jesus […]Read More What Will You Do??
Keeping it simple today (I hope). A question I have asked previously is “Does God resent human pleasure?” Was the pastor/father from the movie Footloose (at least the 80s version) right? Does all partying and dancing make God the Father angry, and risk hellfire and brimstone crashing upon us? I know where that picture of God […]Read More What Does This Have to do With Me?
When I first started writing and sharing my thoughts and discoveries in my own faith journey, my search for spiritual progress, I was in full recovery mode. Recovery from my own addictions, recovery from the consequences of my own sin. Most of my writing and thought was focused on recovery and hope found in the […]Read More Chasing Waterfalls
A follow up to my last 2 messages, and also to my previous message regarding theology in the revelation of the Jesus Christ (the only perfect theology as the Word made flesh). If, when we put together our puzzle of who God is and what God is like, we end up with a picture that […]Read More Making Clean…
Bringing a message that should have come days ago, nearly had this finished Thursday, opened my email on Friday and it was gone, so writing this for the second time now. Maybe I just didn’t have it right the first time, that’s the way it goes sometimes… The story of Naaman the Syrian, as recorded […]Read More Loving Enemies
Switching gears this morning. Looking at a story of the prophet of Elijah, a story important enough to be used by Jesus centuries later, with enough power that it almost got Jesus killed. Then the word of the Lord came to him, “Arise, go to Zarephath, which belongs to Sidon, and dwell there. Behold, I […]Read More Worthy Is the Lamb
So, last week, I asked the question, “Does God bring the famine?” You may not agree with me, but my answer to this question, again, is an emphatic NO! In fact, as we see with the Word made flesh, Jesus Christ the Son of God, wherever he is, nobody goes hungry, everyone gets what they […]Read More What We Need
In my message a couple days ago about Jesus being “perfect theology”, I asked the question “does God shun sinners?” To which I answer emphatically NO, he welcomes them. There are many “proof texts” I could use, but the one that comes quickest to mind for me is this from Matthew – But when he […]Read More Desiring mercy, not sacrifice
I’m going to be continuing and expanding on my message yesterday for the next few days, expanding upon some of the questions and answers I used for examples in showing how Jesus might “mess with” and disrupt some of our theological “systems”, how we look and think about God. The first question I asked is, […]Read More Out of the Storm
“In their case the god of this world has blinded the minds of the unbelievers, to keep them from seeing the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God.” 2 Corinthians 4:4 ESV http://bible.com/59/2co.4.4.esv “He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation.” Colossians […]Read More Perfect Theology