Easy Street

These are heavy topics, and my least favorite – the topics of persecution and oppression.  The Bible has some very uncomfortable verses, and at times they can pull me into thinking that is not of God.  Humans, at times have taught me that all sustenance and joys should be given up, often in circumstances to benefit random…

God’s Truth

The same object or situation can look one way one day and entirely different another when you look at it from a unique perspective or a different filter. This is today, and tomorrow will be different. However, God is the source of truth, and His glorious truth is unchanging. One human may see or experience…

Jesus is the Son and the Light

Bible Verses & Concepts: Bible Verse: Deuteronomy 4:19 Concept: Do not worship celestial bodies Bible Verses: Jeremiah‬ ‭43:12-13‬, Jeremiah 43-44 ESV Concept: God’s wrath; Consequences of worshipping other gods Bible Verse: Revelation 21:23 Concept: There will be no sun or moon in eternity with God Reflection: God is the creator of the heavens and the earth.  He does not need them…

It’s That Simple

My treat tonight was a visit to an old church.  I stopped by last winter and caught a glimpse of the exterior but couldn’t access it then.  After a many month wait, I had quite a surprise in store.  The design is simple and I expected to see only a few pews inside this church that appears smaller…

The Outcasts

I am reflecting again tonight on a point that has haunted me since I started my faith journey. A significant portion of my journey has been time spent getting to know people deemed outcasts from society, many seeking spiritual understanding and hope. I am struck by the treatment of these people by others. Alcoholics. Non-heterosexuals….

Gleaning

Bible Verses and Concepts: Bible Verse: Leviticus 19:9-10 Concept: Harvest, but leave some for the needy  Bible Chapter: Ruth 2 Concept: Allow the reapers to work, and the needy to glean  Questions to Consider: What common secular teachings and quality/efficiency models speak to working to be extremely efficient?   What does the law in ancient Israel teach?  How does this reflect…

Tower of Babel

Bible Passage: Genesis 11:1-9 Content: Tower of Babel Reflection:  The irony of writing a blog post in a virtual world to share God’s Word about the story of the Tower of Babel is not lost on me.  I yearn to see and share differently, and yet my capabilities often fall within the limits of human constructs and…

Pruning Season

A few short months ago as spring was starting I wrote Growth in the Kingdom and mentioned different kinds of trees and related them to leaders. Tonight I took the same walk and it was somber. A storm came through recently and these once glorious trees are decimated.  The largest one has a small fraction of…

Testing Church Teachings

Technique for Testing Scriptural Accuracy of Teachings: NOTE: This technique may take several hours the first time around or if you’re trying to do in-depth study.  The goal is to determine if teachings are Biblical and build discernment of common errors in teaching.  As you practice over time, it becomes easier to quickly spot errors.  If this process…

Fish & Loaves

I’ve been struggling with the fish and loaves Bible passages for a few years now.  I’ve been haunted by own my lack of wisdom and blindness.  I am also haunted by the grossly large amount of money spent on ministry and how little fruit is bore in the name of Jesus.   Mark 8:14-21, particularly has been a…

People Are Hungry

When discipling others, are you sharing the Word, or skipping around the Word?  Some say that people will see how Christians live and then they will “get it.”  Unfortunately, many, many people participating in churches today do not know the Word.  They don’t read it regularly and some haven’t heard it regularly.  People are HUNGRY!  People in the church are…

Body of Christ

Concept: Born-again Christians are considered members of the body of Christ. A common argument is that a person can be a Christian by reading the Bible and talking to God, in the absence of church attendance.  What is God’s rule and what might His exceptions be?  Can it be different in different seasons of life?  Let’s test this….