These three passages talk about people coming to a new understanding of God, and relationship with Him. In Psalm 22:31, posterity “will proclaim His righteousness to a people yet unborn–for He has done it!” In Genesis 16:13, Hagar recognizes “the God who sees me,” and takes hope in hopeless circumstances. And in Mark 8:27-30, Peter recognizes that Jesus is the Christ, the first time the disciples say so in scripture. [Read more…]
During the summer after my sophomore year in college, I had the opportunity to travel to South Africa to visit schools, churches, and orphanages in order to understand how AIDs deeply impacts the children and culture there. Toward the middle of the trip, we visited a school that was not much more than a mud hut with a sparse straw roof. It was not the structure of the building that completely shocked me the most but a small poster hanging on the wall showing the amount of orphans at this particular school due to AIDs. More than half of the students were orphaned. In this moment, my mind raced. I was furious for the impoverished life that these children had without even having parents. This was a moment where I cried out to God. [Read more…]
In 1 Corinthians 13, Paul is chastising the congregation of the Corinth church. This is not the first time Paul has had to address their worldliness. He has spoken with them before. In fact, this is the third time. Paul believed they were not using their GOD given spiritual gifts. Especially they were not practicing the greatest gift of all—Christian Love. Their lifestyle proved they were not—they were confusing love with lust. They seemed not to understand that GOD’S love is directed outward, not inward to ourselves. We were given the spiritual gifts to use in building His church. When we are finally with HIM we will no longer need these gifts. When we get to see HIM in person, we will be able to understand HIS plan for HIS kingdom on earth. [Read more…]
Freedom to become like Christ and discover God’s limitless love
Not Guilty; let him go free.
What would those words mean to you if you were on death row?
The fact is that the whole human race is on death row, justly condemned for repeatedly breaking God’s holy law. Without Jesus we would have no hope at all. But thank God! He has declared us not guilty and has offered us freedom from sin and power to do his will.
My daughter, Audrey, started Pre-Preschool this year, it was an odd sight to see my little girl with backpack on eagerly talking about going to school to learn. How did she get so big so fast? To be honest, I didn’t figure learning to be the agenda of a Pre-Preschool, but rather saw it as a great opportunity for Audrey to socialize with kids her age, and do fun crafts. Learning was far down the road anyways, as most parents are quick to assert. I think Audrey is the smartest little girl in the world.
I was shocked then, when one day Audrey came home from school and said with certainty, “Daddy I am going to teach you a Bible verse, and then you are going to teach me one too.” [Read more…]