Jesus searching for Us

The problem of the parables of Jesus

This entry is part 1 of 2 in the series Parables of Jesus

The goal here … is to go back to the Old Testament references (if appropriate) and to look at what Jesus was saying to the people at His time.  Then, once we know what it meant to them, we can examine what it means to us today.

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.  

Is this still true of Christians today?

If people – Christian or non-Christian – were too look at us today, would they see the same things in us?
I’m assuming I don’t have to actually answer that question – but I’m going to anyway.
No – they wouldn’t.

Does Jesus want to carry you when times are tough?

Before I leave you though, as promised earlier – when I say “best” answer – it’s maybe not the best answer ever. It’s what went through my mind this morning. It’s appropriate to where I am in my walk of faith at this time of my life. It may not be the “best” answer for you – at least not today. Maybe it will be on another day. Maybe there’s an even better answer for you today. After all, what’s “best” for you – that’s between you and God. My goal here is to get you beyond thinking the answer would be a simple “yes”.

Revelation & Hype Cycles

when so many consider Revelation to be a book of doom and gloom, I choose to also present is as one of amazing hope. Hope that is available to every one of us. Hope that will keep us out of the doom and gloom that will come – but doesn’t have to come to us.

The “healthy” and the “sick”. What did Jesus really mean?

This entry is part 2 of 4 in the series TNT - Blowing up misconceptions from The Bible

Finally, some hope – although look how it comes. Through another marriage to a prostitute and an exile – to cure all the things they have been doing wrong. So, yes – hope. But are they willing to pay the price of “admission” – pun entirely intended. They have to “admit” what they had become in order to be “admitted” back to a relationship with God.

Why God is a curvy, black woman in ‘The Shack’

This entry is part 4 of 7 in the series God versus religion - why?

Should God choose to present Himself to me as one of the many judgmental Christians (which lets me our of looking in the mirror to have God represent Himself to me as me – got it?) I would be shocked. No less shocking would be if He presented Himself to me as either a father or mother figure. One thing I’m sure of though – whatever way He chooses – it will be the way I need it.

Protected from the Bible – too much reality?

This entry is part 2 of 12 in the series Protected from the Bible

Ro 8:35 Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall trouble or hardship or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword? 37 No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. I received this from  today as the “verse of the day”. At first I thought it was a good reminder. Then I thought it’s also important that we not be separated in the other direction.  You know – Jesus will always love us, but sometimes we lose our feeling of love for Him. Then – I noticed there’s a verse missing in the middle. Question – what’s that missing verse? Well – here it is – and you can guess why it was left out – Ro 8:35 Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall trouble or hardship or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword? 36 As it is written: “For your sake we face death all day long;     we are considered as sheep to be slaughtered.” 37 No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. This, of course, begs the question – what is the entire passage? […]

I muttered prayers for the first time in many years.

This entry is part 2 of 7 in the series God versus religion - why?

So – if you’re thinking God won’t listen to you because you don’t know what to say and all you can do is mumble some sounds –
Go for it. He is listening. In fact He’s waiting for you.
If you’re thinking or even telling the mumblers that God won’t listen to them, maybe you should pay attention to the references here and question whether or not they apply to you.

Do Christians really know what “Christian Hope” is?

Jesus never said anything about listening to Him or watching Him. Far from it. He actually said “Follow me”. That’s where our hope is.
Our hope is in following Jesus, Even if that means through the valley of the shadow of death.

On This Rock – Part 1 – Intro & Prologue 3

This entry is part 1 of 1 in the series On this rock

You have successfully figured out rule #1. Since you’re the first to do it, your task now is to get the rest of the world to believe rule #1. No pressure, but the fate of the every living person hangs in the balance.

Wanting to be found – but hiding to not be found.

We do the same thing with God It’s “fun” to be a new Christian. There’s the excitement. Lot’s of people are happy for you. Even the Heavens rejoice.
But then, …