I am free. I have been freed from the chains of the law. When I try to uphold the law and live according to the law — for the purposes of accomplishing the law — it leads to death (Romans 6:23). The Apostle Paul spoke of this, and explained that it is through knowing the law that we are aware of our sin (Romans 7:7). […]
I often wrestle with accepting my identity in Christ. While many characteristics have been given to me, and have transformed me into a new creation, I often find myself “held back” by seeing me as I have always been.
Mankind was charged with leadership and dominion of all the animal kingdom. He was not just given authority and power, but responsibility. Many may mention, if not too casually, that freewill — the human ability to choose right and wrong — was part of the package. I agree, it sounds too “convenient” for Christians to simply say that freewill is the reason for evil and […]
Jesus, the Man While Jesus was unquestionably “fully human” and “fully God”, we must recognize that being fully human did, in fact, bring significant limitations. While Jesus was clearly connected to God, it was also a requirement of his humanity to be disconnected from God at the same time. Jesus received his power from the Father, but Jesus admitted that there were things the Father […]
But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law.” — Galatians 5:19, 22-23
Have you ever wondered why you never seem to have an abundance of the aforementioned “fruits?”…
“And being in anguish, he prayed more earnestly, and his sweat was like drops of blood falling to the ground.” – Luke 22:44
While this passage is often misquoted or represented as “his sweat became drops of blood…”, as always, we can allow the Word of God to represent himself perfectly. In every translation, it reads “like” or “as” or “as it were” drops of blood..
But while the idea of Jesus actually sweating blood may be compelling to some, it makes no physical sense (it would indicate an extreme medical condition) and detracts from the understanding of what Jesus was going through.
In reading, and studying, John Eldredge’s The Beautiful Outlaw, one can really see Jesus for who he is, the Son of God alive in a human body. While wholly God, he intentionally bound himself in the confines of a young man’s body…
What’s it mean to be tuned in? A popular online dictionary defines tune (noun) as “an agreement in pitch; unison; harmony.” As a verb, its defined as “to bring (someone or something) into harmony” or, in the context of radio, “to adjust so as to receive the signals of a particular transmitting station.”
So often I find myself missing the larger blocks of time with God. While I don’t want to get trapped in any fixed procedure in my time with Him, I am careful not to be too rigid in when I read my Bible or pray, while being as regular in these moments as I can. But I tell you, because I “pray continually” and “give thanks in all circumstances” (1 Thess 5:16-18), reading God’s Word is where I really falter.
“Pharaoh gave Joseph the name Zaphenath-Paneah and gave him Asenath daughter of Potiphera, priest of On, to be his wife. And Joseph went throughout the land of Egypt.”
– Genesis 41:45
I just finished watching the animated film, “Joseph: King of Dreams.” I have read the story of Joseph a dozen times, and each has revealed new and deeper understanding, and new lessons.
God spoke to Joseph through his dreams, and through them Joseph ultimately gained great power and great responsibility. God’s glory spoke loud and clear to Pharoah and the people of Egypt through Joseph’s integrity and spirit. Through him, God saved Joseph’s family as well as the whole country (later to be used for an even greater purpose). In response to God’s glory, Pharoah gave Joseph a new name: Zapheneth-Paneah (“God speaks and he lives”).
My eyes water every time I reach the point in the story where Joseph…
You know, it was recently suggested that the terms “ministry” and “mission” meant very specific things, and should be regarded in separate and specific ways. Ministry was deemed to be focused on service to believers, while mission was focused on service to those outside the church (e.g. “the mission field”).
And, while I may concede to this concept at its surface, based on the context of the original argument, I cannot accept this clear-cut definition in real-world application.
A cursory examination of the use of the term minister reveals, beyond the instance of
Worship isn’t for me. I don’t mean that I don’t like to worship, I mean that worship is not for my benefit.
Somewhere along the way, I’d forgotten this. In my earlier years as a believer, when my relationship with God was so brand new, all I wanted to do was to worship and offer my praise and thanksgiving to him. In fact, that’s all I did. It seems that everything I did and everywhere I went was about worshiping God…