Category Archives: Interacting with God

THE PERFECT

So you want to do something great for God…

So you want to do something great for God… For generations, Sunday school teachers have heralded the stories of Biblical heros. Noah saved the world through building the ark. Abraham became the father of faith having Isaac in his old age. Moses brought the Israelites out of Egypt. Esther saved her people from obliteration. Many of us grew…

Do you know His Word

Do You Know His Word?

I recently asked a group of ladies from my church to print out a list of the books of the Bible and rate each one 1-5. One, “I’ve never read it or if I have I can’t tell you anything about it.”  Five, “I know most or all of the major characters and themes of…

THERE IS ONLY ONE.

There is only One.

  For there is one God, and one mediator also between God and men, the man Christ Jesus, who gave Himself as a ransom for all, the testimony given at the proper time. 1 Timothy 2:5-6 Consider it again: How many mediators are there between God and men? One. There is only one person who can…

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How to Handle the Stage: 5 Lessons from John the Baptist

Jimmy and I married just as his music career was kicking into high gear. We were both eager to honor God in this season and often asked for words of wisdom from older men and women in our lives. Above all that we heard, there were two things that resonated deeply with us both and that…

Left Out

Left Out: The Benefits of Exclusion

Exclusion is a part of life. It is unavoidable. Not only that, it is good. Isn’t it good that the whole school doesn’t get to have a say in your child’s education? That the whole church isn’t governed by the whim of the congregation each week but by a group of trusted elders? That only…

God's Not Fair

God is Unfair.

God is unfair. Matthew 20 forces this hard reality down our throats. Though an equitable God who treats everyone with the same grace and favor would be easier to swallow, that’s not our God. Jesus makes this clear as He tells this parable: For the kingdom of heaven is like a master of a house who went…

Do you despise him?

Do You Despise Him?

When Jacob had cooked stew, Esau came in from the field and he was famished; and Esau said to Jacob, “Please let me have a swallow of that red stuff there, for I am famished.” Therefore his name was called Edom. But Jacob said, “First sell me your birthright.” Esau said “Behold, I am about…

the forceful compassion of god

The Forceful Compassion of God

Today, the Spirit of God captivated my attention with a phrase in a very familiar passage of Scripture. I have read about the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah many times in chapter 19 of Genesis and usually the same main points keep my attention: the wickedness of the men of Sodom who demand Lot’s guests be…

proactive repentance

An Exercise in Repentance

Repentance is the act of agreeing with God about our sin, turning from it and rejoicing in what God has done for us in Jesus. Most of our repentance is reactive. We repent primarily for the sins that are staring us in the face or the ones that others point out. And honestly, even then,…

Why am I still so discontent

Why Am I Still So Discontent?

I recently got this message from someone: “I’m trying really hard right now to embrace singleness as a gift, as you mentioned in your post “Theology of Singleness.” I think it would help ease my mind to know more about the things I will experience in my relationship with God that I would not experience…

marriage gone wrong

Marriage Gone Wrong: when codependency highjacks a beautiful union

After the series I recently wrote dealing with codependency in friendship, a few people presented a very natural follow up question: If codependency isn’t ok in friendships, then should it be ok in marriage? NO. Remember, I’m defining codependency as tying your emotional sense of well-being to another person. To say it another way, it is giving more weight and…

friendship gone wrong

Friendship Gone Wrong, Part 4

Now that we’ve seen what an unhealthy friendship looks like, let’s talk about healthy friendships. To do that, we must start with the purpose of friendship, biblically. FRIENDSHIP FOR JESUS “O, who but the Christian feels such pleasures as are connected with friendship for our dear Lord Jesus Christ?” Samuel Pearce Friendship FOR Jesus. What a sweet…

friendship gone wrong

Friendship Gone Wrong, Part 2

THE FIRST LIE Since the serpent first opened his mouth in the garden, he’s been trying to convince us that God is not enough for us: “You’re missing out. God’s holding out on you.” (Gen 3:1-6) And since then, the temptation to look to God’s creation instead of God Himself for satisfaction is a common, daily struggle,…

humility and faith

Humility and Faith

Humility is emptiness of self; having no concern for your rights and your importance.  A humble person doesn’t feel entitled to anything but wrath from God.  In the last post I talked about the link between humility and seeing God clearly.  We looked at Isaiah, Peter, and John the Baptist, three men who had a big view of…

humility

Humility: A Clear View of God

Nothing draws the heart of God to His people more than humility. Thus says the high and exalted One who lives forever, whose name is Holy, “I dwell on a high and holy place, and also with the contrite and the lowly of spirit.” Isaiah 57:15 “My hand made all these things, thus all these…

An unseen enemy

An Unseen Enemy

The danger of an iceberg is not its great strength, but that its strength is hidden. Had the ice monstrosity that sunk the Titanic been above the water, it no doubt would have been seen and easily avoided. Pride—a desire to exalt oneself—is like an iceberg. It exists in the unseen realm of the heart…

journaling

Journaling: More Than a Diary

“Today we went to Hobby Lobby. My mom got 2 new lamps. It took her 30 MINUTES to choose which ones she wanted! I got a little birdcage for my dollhouse. We went to Marco’s for dinner then to Kroger. They now have a checking counter you can do yourself!” ~Me, 12 years old My…