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Joel Osteen – “God uses people to push you to where you’re supposed to be.”

This entry is part 1 of 9 in the series Why the government can't save you

Yes – it sounds like I’m picking on Joel Osteen.  Sounds like I’m even judging him. … So I’m not picking on Joel Osteen. I’m reminding us – all of us – that God really did leave us to take care of things for Him.  Yes – with the Holy Spirit – but still with us as the physical beings allowing the Holy Spirit to work through us.  


The problem of faith, hope, belief and knowing

This entry is part 19 of 21 in the series The problem of ...

The concern here is that when we say things like we “know” certain things because the Bible says so, we run the risk of turning people off to the message we are trying to give.  Something that was meant to be caring and loving can be construed as something that sounds uncaring and insensitive.  I think we need to remember that we believe God meets us where we are, and so when we talk with others who faith isn’t as strong as our or maybe have no faith at all, we also need to meet them where they are – not where we are.


Be prepared for what you ask for …

This entry is part 2 of 2 in the series Peace beyond understanding

That’s not to say I didn’t have second thoughts – didn’t wonder if the cost was getting too high.  I did have them.  I even ran away a few times.  Fortunately, I always returned.


Are people really curious about the Bible?

This entry is part 5 of 7 in the series God versus religion - why?

This is a fascinating thought. People are curious – no doubt about that. And we often follow up on the things we’re curious about. So what’s different here? Why would so many people be curious about the Bible – but not follow up on it?


Protected from the Bible – is this your church?

This entry is part 3 of 12 in the series Protected from the Bible

The Book of Malachi is shocking. … As I read this, I can’t help but feel the similarities to us – here – today. Now! Not surprising when so many generations have wanted it – all of it – and right NOW!


Jesus, water, storms and …

Often, people think the Bible tells us that God will never give us more than we can bear.
Context – that’s not really what it says. Jesus’ own disciples, except one, died horrible deaths. …
No – what the Bible really teaches us is that with God, all things are possible.


A message to Trump haters (and everyone else)

But none of that seems to have happened.
Instead, I believe, we were in a position where – no matter who had been inaugurated – it would have been the person we “wanted”, but also a person God allowed to rise up to try to teach us a lesson that we “need” to learn.


If your goal is to offend no one …

… In all sorts of places, speaking truth will end up causing a lawsuit. In colleges – it’s a violation of whatever they call the rules against speaking truth to our sensitive little children who are supposed to be exposed to the very thing they object to – truth.


If God is everywhere, why is nothing different?

“You came to hear some music. And it’s great music. And this is a great night. But after the music is over you’ll all get in your cars and drive home and nothing will have changed. Nothing will be different for you.” from The Resurrection File (Chambers of Justice Book 1)      by Craig Parshall You won’t find the word omnipresent anywhere in the Bible.  But as Christians, we believe God is everywhere.   So why don’t we actually see Him and act like He’s everywhere? Yes – even with music.  There’s the talent of the musician – a gift from God.  The creativeness of the person who wrote the music – a gift from God.  The invention of the person who made the first instrument of each type – a gift from God.  And the words – a gift from God. Maybe non-Christians won’t look at these things as gifts from God.   But Christians should.  Do we? Even the words of secular songs can point to God. See something I wrote previously called The way back home. As a secular song – it’s can bring anyone to tears.   Looking at it from God’s point of view – […]